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The Rope

The Story of Ed Baldwin (Alcoholic)

Ralph C. Fox's story as told by his wife

A Tribute to: Ralph C. Fox

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Question:

 

How did you get sober and stay sober?

 

One Alcoholic/Addicts Answer:

 

That is a great question!  Normally, if you are like me...you have to be locked up (Jail) or institutionalized (Mental Wards or Treatment Hospitals).  I have been both.  However, it does not have to come to that point with you.  You can decide that you have had enough and stop now before it comes to that point.  The sad part is, once it comes to that point...you may not be able to stop anyway!  That is the insanity of drug addiction and/or alcoholism.  Really...they are the same thing anyway.  Alcohol is a drug!

 

So, what really kept me sober was filling my day with meetings, working the steps, a sponsor, the fellowship, service work, recovery literature and prayer.  All of these are important!   When you feel like a drink or a drug...CHANGE YOUR THINKING !!!  What is it that you could be doing instead of drinking and/or drugging?  When you feel like a drink...go to a meeting, work a step, call your sponsor, go to an event, seek out a way to volunteer your time, read recovery literature or pray pray pray !!!

 

Two KEY WORDS:  HOW and HALT...HOW stands for Honesty, Open Mindedness and Willingness.  The most important is probably Willingness to go to any lengths to stay sober.  Get off your butt and get to work!

 

HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.  If any of these four items are bothering you, you need to take care of them.  Eat if you are Hungry, read literature on anger or talk to your sponsor if you are angry, go to a meeting or an event if you are lonely and sleep if you are tired.

 

I have no idea how it works, but it does.  Just do it!

 

-  An Alcoholic Addict  

How another Alcoholic stays Sober:

I went to a meeting feeling lost, depressed and full of regrets.  A woman came up to me and told me it would get better as long as I kept coming to meetings.  I asked her to be my sponsor and she said yes! 
 
I worked full time and so did she, but I called her before we went to work in the morning and we went to meetings at night.  I realized then that I had a problem.
 
She always told me to take it one day at a time and not to sweat the small things.  So that's what I did.
 
Here I am, still doing the same things:  I read Daily Inspirations and How to Live Sober.  I keep referring to those books.
 
I have two sponsors now.  My second sponsor is like a sister to me, but I still keep in touch with my first sponsor. 
 
I had a lot going on two years ago.  I did not think I would make it.  I didn't want to drink, but I went into a depression and kept asking, "why me?"  My sponsor told me, "Get off the pity pot.  There are people with worse than me" and she was right.
 
Right now I am going through a medical crisis and I am very scared and upset.  I pray to God every day to keep me sober and watch over my family. 
 
I have two adorable granddaughters 5 and 3-years-old.  They have never seen me drink and I pray that they never will.  I know my daughter would never let me see them if I were to start drinking again.
 
I hope this sheds some light on how I got sober and how I stay sober. 
 
- Nanny 

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