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    My friends call me Dave
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    My names Dave and im an Alcoholic

    I would like to apologize to all members that I have offended during my stay at ap.
    I know some of you must think that i am an idiot because of some of the crap I say I blame the Grog I haven't been a very happy camper over the last couple of years and my drinking has got out of control.
    lately I have been worried about some of my comments that I have made on ap
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    You haven't offended me at all Dave but thanks all the same.
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    There are some that say worse things Dave.
    But now you have admitted it, maybe it's time to do something about it. I've been sober for 5 years now. And life couldn't be any better.
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    haven't offended me either. Agree that realising you have something to deal with is part of solving it. Only you can beat this, with the support of family, friends (in real life and online). Many others have been where you are and succeeded in making a change in their lives, you can too!
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    Good on yer Dave. Same here for no offence.
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    good to see you thinking about the problem
    give it a red hot go and smell the roses
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    onya dave for coming forth and onya more for recognising the problem. I cant say that i have been offended in any way by your posts tho.

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    No problems here. All the best.
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    I can't say that I understand what you are going through, Dave, although I can sympathise knowing that some of my alcohol-encouraged behaviour still gives me heartburn even today.

    I can say that I haven't personally been offended by anything you've posted here. I can also say I have the deepest admiration for the courage it took to confess your situation in public. Keep posting and don't let things get to you. Alcohol doesn't help; it only depresses you even further.

    Consider this a huge "man hug" for ya', mate!
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    My friends call me Dave
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    Thank for the support and encouragement guys. I have been to drug and alcohol counseling twice now but its so bloody hard as it has been a 25 year habit.
    Some of you know that I am finding it hard to find work due to illness and injuries so I have way to much time on my hands and are board to tears at the end of the day which makes it hard too. The counselor and I have set some small goals to aim for to help ween me off it. Good to hear Geoff Well done mate and I sure hope I can kick it too

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    Good luck with meeting the goals you have set, I hope it works out well.

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    Good on you for doing some thing about your drinking habit, as I had family and friends that have been though what you are going though, so well done and wish you all the best on your road to recovery. And I can say that you have not offend me in anyway and any comments that you given on my photo's have been helpful. I wish you well

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    I've never noticed anything offensive from you Dave.

    One day at a time.
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    Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and the longest journeys always start with the first step.
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    Dave, you mention boredom. Why not ask your local school if they have a photography club, and then see if you can arrange to be a mentor for some kids. Or check with your local council, they probably need volunteers to help out with all sorts of things. And you never know, by getting out there, you might meet some other volunteers who run businesses etc, and it might eventually lead to a foot in the door with a job. You would be amazed who does volunteer work.

    I used to help out once a fortnight on a food van. We would start about 10.00pm and work till about 2.00 am and provide soup, and food to the homeless. I got to meet the most amazing people also volunteering their time. I once met Kerry Packer and spent 2 hours serving chicken soup to homeless people with him. So from a simple dose of volunteering, you can be exposed to some amazing opportunities.

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    Dave, very brave to come out on a public forum like this. Well done & I hope you do set small goals & stick to them.

    Good wishes for the future.
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    Well Dave, I actually think your contributions add to AP. (true story)
    Also you have my permission to try and offend me. Think you'll offend Rick (and mods) before that happens.
    Seriously though, I can't really offer advise, other than good luck on your journey, and I hope it works out for you.

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    Every friday night at work there is an AA meeting. (I don't go myself, but I do meet a lot of them) They are also a great bunch of people. AA is a big concern now days. As big as Lions or Rotary clubs. Often I get to meet people from all over Australia that are maybe in the region for a holiday, but still go to a meeting. So it's not always "Hi I'm Dave. And I'm a alcholic"

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    The first step in recovery is admitting the problem, you've done that and that is most commendable! Well done and a man hug from me too.

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    Good onya' Dave.

    You can't solve a problem until you admit that you have one.

    And Mate, I can say with all sincerity that I've had nothing but pleasant rapport with you.

    Good luck.
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    Dave , the drink is only a small part of a bigger problem, i know this i had 20years of drinking and other stuff. sober now 12 years. if you really want help, private message me i can try to get someone to talk to you. you just keep coming back! it shows there is love, inspiration and friends within this forum for you. and no offence has been taken here .

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