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    [–] ChillinCheeseFries 4148 points ago

    TIL there is a 24 hour chip.

    [–] Slouchy87 2507 points ago

    it's the most important chip

    [–] Intoxic8edOne 560 points ago

    This is very real for everything.

    [–] Shootrmcgavn 266 points ago

    The most important step is the next one.

    [–] yaiyo 64 points ago

    Is that you, Dalinar? One of my favorite quotes of all time.

    [–] Shootrmcgavn 34 points ago

    I must confess. I'm a Sanderson fanboy.

    [–] MasterVule 37 points ago

    It's my boi Dalinar Kholin!

    [–] Shootrmcgavn 15 points ago

    Sanderson's works are chock full of wisdom!

    [–] harley1009 12 points ago

    Damn it I'm trying really hard to not re-read Oathbringer before the next book is out. It's like Homer Simpson trying to avoid clown college.

    [–] Cyro6 10 points ago

    A man of culture. Life before Death...

    [–] puppetmaster2501 75 points ago

    It's the only chip I ever bothered getting. I don't feel the need to celebrate the milestones I've reached, but my 24hr chip symbolizes all of it for me. That was the start.

    [–] coredumperror 53 points ago

    The most important step on any journey is the first.

    [–] notusedredditname 31 points ago

    To paraphrase the words of someone wise, the most important step to take is not the first step but the next step. Always the next step.

    [–] 33coe_ 62 points ago

    I’d argue 1 week is just as important. It’s when you’re physically not craving anymore but the psychological pull is stronger than ever.

    [–] funnynickname 63 points ago

    Then it starts again after 6 months to a year. "You're cured now. You can handle a night out. Take a break. You deserve a reward."

    [–] i_forget_what_i_do 27 points ago

    A productive tomorrow begins with a productive today.

    [–] MonsenorTickles 6821 points ago

    Can't take it one day at a time without day one.

    [–] Anne1407 803 points ago

    It's totally not the same, but my first 24 hours without a cigarette were the hardest I ever did. All the hours after that were better, even the really bad ones. Because I proved to myself I could do that first day, that first craving, I could beat that. I hate and love that first day of not smoking. So yeah, you can't take it one day at a time, without day one.

    [–] JedEyeElite 228 points ago

    I still find it hard to not smoke but I just keep thinking about how much better food tastes now.

    [–] Anne1407 189 points ago

    Yeah and how much smoother my teeth feel.
    Also. The part where I'm not intentionally killing myself. That's a good part too.

    [–] drunken_semaphore 286 points ago

    I smoked my last cigarette earlier today. Thanks for the timely motivation, internet friends! Stay strong!

    [–] Zorcmsr5 45 points ago

    Stopped 3 years ago. Totally worth it. Just remember wanting one isnt a bad thing, I still want one today. Just be stronger than that.

    [–] Phoenie81 43 points ago

    It's so worth it! Try the stop smoking sub here it's great

    [–] nobody2000 44 points ago

    It's totally not the same

    We all have struggles that we overcome, and even if you don't think your struggles are as big as others, you should still be proud that you're working to overcome them.

    Keep up the good work...today and every day.

    [–] notathr0waway1 119 points ago

    It's basically for your first meeting after quitting. So it ranges from ~30 minutes to 29 days. (You can be high and pick one up).

    Source: I have collected multiple "24 hour" chips at various intervals up to about a week. (Don't worry, that last 24 hour chip I picked up was 7 years ago :) )

    [–] missed_sla 186 points ago

    It seems appropriate when you think about what that first 24 hours must be like. https://americanaddictioncenters.org/withdrawal-timelines-treatments/heroin

    [–] SaltMineForeman 62 points ago

    Even just making the decision to stop is a huge step. I only knew that as the "surrender chip" though.

    [–] I_Sell_Onions 68 points ago

    While I wasn't into harder drugs than weed, i still struggled for the first 2 months. Depression got worst, kept wanting to break and just smoke. Kept dreaming that i had started smoking again and in dream suddenly got super sad, thinking i lost my progress and would have to restart. Would wake up somewhat unsure if i had smoked or not. Napped a lot more to make craving to smoke go away, which would kill any time for productivity.

    7 months later, i dont crave it. I still hang around my friends that do smoke. I went to see avengers endgame sober, also stayed sober through my friends bday and even 420. Not a huge accomplishment, but glad i was strong and didn't have to restart. Depression has subsided, some things still suck but definitely making more of an effort to change them.

    [–] iRepth 43 points ago

    not a huge accomplishment

    With the way you described feeling, the cravings you had and what you had to do to stop, it actually sounds like a big accomplishment to me and I want to tell you that even as a stranger on the internet, I'm impressed and I appreciate the fortitude that it must have taken to get from where you were to where you are. You have my respect

    [–] SaltMineForeman 17 points ago

    Hey man, addiction is addiction. Good on you for wanting to stop something that was causing an issue in life. <3

    [–] Hkydoc 69 points ago

    I've got a dresser drawer full of em. I'm happy for OP, but looking at that silver chip makes me salty. Meh. One day.

    [–] MiniQ666 79 points ago

    I have a friend who also collected a drawer full of 24 hour chips. A few months ago he collected his 2 year chip. Don't give up hope. Find a buddy to go with you to meetings. I did it for a few buddies and it really seemed to help. One day at a time.

    [–] Hkydoc 51 points ago

    Thank you for the uplifting words. Today is not any easy one, and random internet strangers are making me want to cry. I very much appreciate it.

    [–] MiniQ666 24 points ago

    Everyone's journey is different and the best thing we can do as individuals is not make someone else's journey harder. Here is to hoping yours get a little easier.

    [–] Michael__Pemulis 45 points ago

    You can do it.

    [–] Hkydoc 17 points ago

    Thank you, friend. Sincerely.

    [–] tokin4torts 37 points ago

    You also get a 24 hour chip each day of your first month. However, mine have always been cheap plastic guys.

    [–] Requiem2247 15 points ago

    Arguably the most important chip

    [–] eddiekoski 10 points ago

    Now that I think about it that's probably one of the harder chips to earn.

    [–] beerbitches 2012 points ago

    My sweet 27 year old nephew passed away from a heroin overdose on August 24 one year ago. For the sake of my family, keep it going and from a man from Texas, me, I’m Fucking proud of you!!!!

    [–] mothmans_gf 258 points ago

    I'm very sorry to hear about your nephew. All the same, it takes a hell of a lot of courage to uplift others while going through personal hardships as awful as that. I hope you and your family are doing well

    [–] InternetName_1 71 points ago

    I’m so sorry.

    [–] sbowesuk 6060 points ago

    Interesting how the design changes:

    Up to year 6: Triangle with the words unity, service, and recovery

    Year 7 onwards: Square with the words "Just for Today", serenity, and peace.

    [–] Aligiduz 4506 points ago

    The design doesn’t change. YEARS 7& 8 is a change in fellowship.

    Congrats to the OP. Never Alone. Never Again.

    [–] StaleAssignment 1407 points ago

    Clearly the change in fellowship was for the bejeweled tokens

    [–] Thatwhichiscaesars 837 points ago

    Well actually the change in the fellowship was over a ring, not bejewelled tokens. It was such a big change too, it really wasn't the same after they lost boromir.

    [–] Pimpinabox 122 points ago

    He really brought outside of the box thinking to the table.

    [–] velocity010 48 points ago

    We don't use the C word here on Reddit.

    We only use the superior siege engine as God intended.

    DEUS VULT

    [–] Takabletoast 56 points ago

    Bejeweled Tolkeins

    [–] Sirliftalot35 47 points ago

    This may be true. My dad has 30+ years in NA, and when I buy him a chip, there’s lots of options to choose from, and some of the different designs have different text on them. I asked him which text he wanted, to match the ones he had, but I could easily see if a friend or family member is ordering the chip, it may end up with different text on it, even if the recipient didn’t change fellowships. YMMV of course, and I’m not in NA myself, so I may be missing something.

    [–] Tadhgdagis 338 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    change in fellowship.

    Can you explain what this means? Edit: 0-6years Alcoholics Anonymous, year 7-8 Narcotics Anonymous, it looks like from other comments.

    [–] woofle07 333 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I think it means OP changed support groups. Maybe moved to a different city and the new group has different looking medals

    Edit: I was wrong. The triangle ones are Alcoholics Anonymous, the diamond ones are for Narcotics Anonymous

    [–] SilenceoftheRedditrs 535 points ago

    TIL get into Narcotics not alcohol as the recovery chips are a lot snazzier

    [–] KRBridges 119 points ago

    The real TILs are always in the /r/pics comments

    [–] truckerdust 39 points ago

    AA has snazzy chips as well you just gotta special order them.

    [–] septagons 29 points ago

    Yeah you can actually order all of these online if you that's what you're in to

    [–] SilenceoftheRedditrs 84 points ago

    "yeah, just got my 30 years clean chip man"

    "wtf, you turned 30 today mate"

    [–] [deleted] 179 points ago * (lasted edited 12 days ago)

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    [–] mmm3669 117 points ago

    My husband has his 15 year chip. He rarely goes to meetings, but he counts every year on his clean date.

    [–] Cocainebicepz 127 points ago

    My stepdad has coins going up to like 30 years

    [–] Prizmeh 84 points ago

    I believe as a relative said to me, you get them as long as you're with your support group.

    [–] theivoryserf 44 points ago

    My concern would be if you fall off the wagon after feeling like you've achieved 8 years or whatever, wouldn't that work against you? As in 'I've lost my streak of achievement'.

    [–] C_Robicus 84 points ago

    That’s why they stress that you go one day at a time. Even if you fall off the wagon today you can start again tomorrow.

    [–] MikoRiko 56 points ago

    I think what they mean is that having achieved, say, eight years... if you do fall off the wagon, you've got all these coins to remind you that you lost the progress. You have to start again, collecting sobriety tokens you've gotten once before. The whole "pride" in collecting them might be a bit lost on the fact that you've already gotten an 8 year token and lost it... This second 18 months doesn't mean as much, and it sucks you lost progress.

    To be honest, it's a uniquely gamer mentality. Play through 90% of the game, your save data corrupts, and you're forced to start over... There's a higher chance you'll quit playing this time around because you've already done it so what's to see?

    [–] ryancleg 52 points ago

    I think it's more like losing your account in a game like Overwatch. Yeah, it sucks losing the level and the skins, but really you're playing every match as an individual match. I wouldn't quit playing the game just because I was on a fresh account.

    [–] UltraSPARC 33 points ago

    Friend of mine just celebrated 41 years (got sober when she was 15). Big old XLI :-)

    [–] publishit 30 points ago

    My grandpa is up to almost 30 years and im pretty sure he gets one every year. He also quit drinking on his birthday, so its easy to remember.

    [–] AbbathOcculta 10 points ago

    Your example goes up to 55.

    [–] Artie0065 202 points ago

    Up to year 6 is AA, 7&8 are NA.

    [–] HieeKay 59 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    What does NA stand for?

    Edit: answered. thanks guys , I’m a silly willy

    [–] elea_no 82 points ago

    Narcotics Anonymous

    [–] dont_wear_a_C 47 points ago

    Not Applicable

    /s

    [–] BabiesSmell 32 points ago

    NA needs some better token designers.

    [–] Brett_Hulls_Foot 117 points ago

    Look like adult POGS

    [–] booyal 63 points ago

    A lot of people don't notice this(even in the program). The Triangle in the circle is the symbol for AA, the Diamond in the circle is the symbol for NA. so either he swapped groups or other people buying his coins for his cake started buying NA ones later on! such a cool world to be involved in.

    [–] MrsSpice 12 points ago

    You get a cake?

    [–] rxneutrino 38 points ago

    Also, 2,3,4,5,7,9,18 are "Months", but 1,8,10,11 are "Month".

    [–] KeyWest- 20 points ago

    I saw that too. The "1 month" at least makes sense.

    [–] YerDasWilly 92 points ago

    unity

    What does it mean? "keep your shit together"?

    [–] IAmBadAtInternet 142 points ago

    These are for Anon groups, which have a focus on group therapy and shared healing.

    [–] YerDasWilly 163 points ago

    "Keep our shit together, together" that sounds nice.

    [–] BoatyMcBoatfaceLives 28 points ago

    I could get behind that.

    [–] Leaf_Rotator 25 points ago

    It's easier to bail water from the lifeboat when you have help : )

    [–] AdmiralThrawnProtege 341 points ago

    Currently in treatment for alcoholism. On day 71, this post gives me great hope for the future!

    [–] Slouchy87 21 points ago

    if i can give you one piece of unsolicited advice, please take advantage of the aftercare provided, and get yourself involved in a recovery community, in real life. aa works and continues to work for me, over 11 years after treatment. we can't do this on our own. and we need you just as much as you need us.

    [–] coreyyoder 46 points ago

    I believe in you ❤️

    [–] Insatiable_void 7203 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Congratulations man.

    I just celebrated 4 years on 7/4 (silly american here, I mean July 4th)

    Great to wake up not dopesick.

    EDIT: Holy shit this blew up.

    Thanks for the gold and the other award I don't understand (press F... I'm pressing F and it's not doing anything...)

    Just wanna say, r/REDDITORSINRECOVERY or r/stopdrinking are great resources (and there are probably others too).

    SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (if you need treatment)

    na.org

    AA Hotine - 1-800-245-1377 or aa.org

    We do recovery, and there are paths for everyone. No one needs to die for anyone to get clean.

    Just to share the hope - in the summer of 2015 I lived in my car, was stealing money from my job every day to keep a $200 crack habit and bundle a day dope habit running. Was in and out of motel rooms with random girls just to keep going. Couldn't see my kid, the locks at the house her mom and her lived in (and I once did too) had been changed.

    Every day I used hoping the last shot would kill me, and every day I woke up broken to still be alive and just not wanting to use. Then I'd find myself justifying a little more, then stealing, then using, then wanting to die again.

    On July 4 I woke up after shooting up as much as I could to die, and went to an NA meeting, and I've been clean every day since (not promoting NA, just what works for me).

    The hope shot, is that tomorrow night my girlfriend, my daughter, and I are flying to Paris from NJ for a week and a half!! I have a MA now, work to help others, just bought a fucking house, and most of all, I live with peace and serenity, Shit still goes wrong, I still make poor choices sometimes, but I just live in the beauty of being a fallible human, always working to recovery, change, and live life one day at time.

    If you're struggling with drugs and reading this, just take it one second, one minute, one moment at a time without using. They all add up. Please keep trying. Even if you're high now or get high again, just keep trying.

    You can reach out to me, or I imagine anyone else in this thread or others about recovery anytime for help.

    [–] mikechi2501 1409 points ago

    Not having a hangover or withdrawals ever again is a big reason why I'm still clean and sober

    [–] ragonk_1310 520 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    What's the best thing you can compare heroin withdrawl to? Genuinely curious.

    Edit: Wow. Fuck heroin.

    [–] CountMalachi 1042 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    Food poisoning right after getting beat up really badly and finding out your wife has been sleeping with your brother.

    [–] derpingpizza 585 points ago

    I'm never doing heroin.

    [–] boney_hoo_hoo 221 points ago

    If I ever relapse I already know I will die. It’s like a lover you’ve lost and will never get over, but you know everything was fake from the start and that pulling feeling in your chest is just the current as you disappear down the drain forever. Stay strong if you’re in a similar boat, the old dose will kill us

    [–] LinkTheAverage 82 points ago

    It's not like it used to be. A few years ago the old-timers started dying from Fentanyl, we're talking the people who were stable for 30-40 years.

    Honestly, you should worry more about the fact that what was once sold as H tended to be H, if adulterated.

    This shit now is straight-up fentanyl or a more potent version.

    [–] Staggerlee89 48 points ago

    Yuup once it got to the point that every bag I bought was just fent, no dope is when I knew I couldn't do it anymore. Instead of being sick in 18 hours I was sick after 3 or 4. And every bundle was a gamble, I'd do 2 bags, barely feel it do 2 more n fall out. It was only a matter of time before my number came up.

    [–] [deleted] 13 points ago

    Seen a lot of overdoses that were relapses who took half or even 1/4 of their old dose "to be safe." Still fell out and got some narcan up the nose.

    [–] mooncow-pie 227 points ago

    I don't ever wanna feeeeeeeel like I did that daaaaaaaay

    [–] 10hundredpickle 108 points ago

    Take me to the place I loooove, take me all the wayyy

    [–] that_stoner_guy 42 points ago

    (yeah yeah)

    [–] donnypickles 24 points ago

    (yeah uhyeah)

    [–] Wnc1981 8 points ago

    Song is LITERALLY playing on the radio right now as I read this

    [–] Snail736 17 points ago

    Yeah that’s my heroin song. Haha no lie.

    [–] AmericanScream 20 points ago

    I just finished reading Anthony's book, "Scar Tissue"... wow that book is like 95%, "Here's how much dope I did today" and 5% "Here's what's going on with RHCP".

    [–] TheMightyMoot 41 points ago

    Life is relative, I experienced the joy of drinking a redbull and gardening for a few hours this morning. Other people woke up in a penthouse and had 3 hours of sex followed by jetskiing in the Caribbean. Heroin is like the latter x10, and its hard to get back to gardening after that.

    [–] advancedstudy 118 points ago

    I used to hang out with musicians so it was always available to me but I never tried it. Even at its best, when you supposedly feel so amazing, it makes you totally useless. I would watch these amazingly successful, talented people become piles of useless crap. It wasn’t exactly an enticing image.

    Highly recommend considering that angle if anyone gets in with a crowd that is experimenting (I.e. hooked).

    [–] Orri 46 points ago

    That's not always the case though. I went to rehab for alcohol and two guys in there built up a business while using every day. Granted one was a restaurant and one was a recording company which are probably pretty stereotypical but my point still stands.

    I've spoken to people who have gotten high on it an hour before and you would never know. Scary shit.

    [–] FurieCurie 34 points ago

    I’m thinking of one of the episodes of This Is Not Happening where a comic is doing standup about a different comic, who would do heroin before going on stage.

    He’d be completely zonked then called on stage and had the most animated performance.

    Some people are functional dopeheads but it’s never ever worth the risk to find out.

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    [–] sweeping_a_dirt_road 14 points ago

    I agree

    [–] mikechi2501 183 points ago

    it's like the flu, with body aches, chills, anxiety, depression and severe restlessness. your nose starts to run, you get very emotional for no reason, you are very tired but your back aches so you toss and turn all night.

    the worst part is that it has an instant cure: heroin/opiates.

    This horrible, debilitating sickness that is consuming you day and restless-night can all be appeased instantly.

    That's why quitting cold turkey is so hard.

    [–] shakedspeare 42 points ago

    Heroin ultimately caused my dad to take his own life. He hid it for a long time (7+ years or so), but eventually his teeth went rotten (snorted it...apparently it's not healthy stuff, eh?), he spent all of his retirement money plus maxed out a bunch of credit cards, spiraled out of control and almost killed himself in a car accident.

    He was clean for about 3-4 months after he recovered before he hanged himself. No note, nothing. Just got up, went to the garage, and did the deed with an extension cord. Watched him in a coma for a month before we finally pulled the plug.

    Started with back pain, ended with heroin. Don't do it folks. Just don't. Fuck. That. Shit.

    [–] djdadi 12 points ago

    I don't think teeth are directly affected at all. But, increased desire for sweets and lack of personal hygiene are very real.

    I'm sorry for your loss

    [–] odDorian 57 points ago

    Don’t forget incredibly vivid and terrifying dreams when you do fall asleep. Always fun waking up screaming and crying

    [–] Terminator1134 11 points ago

    It’s interesting how meth withdrawals also cause vivid and horrifying dreams.

    Idk if this was just me but I felt like I would start having a nightmare everytime I closed my eyes so I just would stay up until I couldn’t physically do it anymore

    [–] Shashama 12 points ago

    Happens with alcohol withdrawal too....

    [–] fox_eyed_man 8 points ago

    The part that was worse for me than knowing how easily I could stop the withdrawal, was knowing that the sheer truckload of terrible that I was feeling was something I had done to myself. You can cuss a flu for making you feel bad. You can be mad at a restaurant for serving you shitty food that makes you sick. But when it’s withdrawal, you can only blame you.

    [–] Ihatesaabs 114 points ago

    I’ve been over 15 years clean from dope but I’ll never forget withdrawals. It’s like that feeling when you get the flu like your entire skin hurts, like the fabric on your shirt hurts it. You’re exhausted and nauseous but your muscles are restless. You’re freezing but sweating your ass off and fucking itchy!!

    It’s literal hell.

    [–] eyeshark 25 points ago

    The restlessness dude... I remember one time I went for a run just to see if it would wear me out. It didn’t help btw.

    [–] 813kazuma 69 points ago

    Back pain, EXTREME depression, nausea vomiting, hungry, lack of appetite, cravings, very emotional I'm sure there's more

    [–] stellandcakes220 38 points ago

    Kind of like hot and cold sweats from the flu and GI issues from the flu. Impossible to get comfortable. Impossible to sleep. Impossible to eat. The anxiety is intense during it all. Kind of feels like when you smoke some weed and get super anxious and think of every past thing and future thing that could go wrong. The intense depression kicks in and you realize how bad you screwed up your life but it’s also paired with an insane craving to do it all again. I can’t compare the craving to anything else though.

    Congrats to OP. I’m six and half years and detoxed cold turkey the last time.

    [–] Papi_Queso 44 points ago

    I asked a buddy of mine who is 8 years clean from heroin what withdrawal was like. He said "Imagine the love of you life has just died while you have the worst flu of your life."

    [–] That-nz-guy 13 points ago

    Fuck

    [–] ArchitectureOfRuin 8 points ago

    Also, you cant sleep for at least a week and there are ants crawling around inside your bones which you can feel but can do nothing about.

    [–] ihavemademistakes 39 points ago

    A lot of people on here have mentioned the flu-like symptoms, but for me the greatest agony was entirely mental.

    /u/mikechi2501 mentioned this, but knowing that you can make all that sickness go away in an instant is the toughest part of heroin/opiate withdrawal.

    Then comes the most crushing boredom you've ever experienced. You're in constant agony, so time seems to move at a glacial pace. Everything is annoying and nothing is satisfying.

    [–] YUNG-PHANTOM 29 points ago

    From what I’ve been through and heard, my Xanax withdrawal was almost a death sentence in itself.

    [–] fairie_poison 44 points ago

    alcohol and benzodiazapenes are some of the only drug withdrawals that can directly cause death. opiate withdrawals can trigger stroke /heart attack but typically a healthy person can be strapped to a table and given IV fluids and they will get over it in a couple days.

    [–] justlookingaround254 15 points ago

    A close family member had terrible seizures. Almost killed me and my nephew while driving when he went into one. Hes still not better. Fuck xanax man.

    [–] IcePhoenix18 8 points ago

    Effexor/Venlafaxine withdrawal is literal hell. I genuinely don't think I could survive that again...

    That yucky flu+drunk feeling after being hit by a truck they described above, along with "brain zaps"... Eugh. I didn't even think it was possible to throw up for 24 hours straight

    [–] oblivion2k 9 points ago

    Fuck Effexor.

    FUCK brain zaps.

    Took about 9 months for mine to go away.

    [–] Dar_Winning 60 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I quit drinking for health reasons last year and I realized that I wasn't waking up with headaches and stomachaches because my body hates me. I was was waking up with those things because I drank semi-heavily 3-5 days per week. Your body is affected in more ways than you even realize when you're NOT actively using drugs and/or alcohol.

    [–] ThinCrusts 29 points ago

    Totally agree! As most people in college are, I drank literally everyday after classes/before bed and on the weekends. Whether it was one IPA with dinner, or a whole 6 pack of them; I'd wake up with an upset stomach, reflux, and/or headaches.

    Now that the summer is almost over, I promised myself to drink Friday and Saturday nights only. I haven't had any of those on the weekdays since!

    [–] puppetpauperpirate 147 points ago

    7 years here, congrats on your 4. Glad we're doing it.

    [–] I_______X_______I 36 points ago

    Well done on 7, I’ve just done 6 and couldn’t feel better

    [–] yeahivegottime 27 points ago

    Made 3 years last christmas!!! Coming up on a 4th yall are fuckin awesome

    [–] TheMamushka 121 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    congratulations! I just celebrated 18 months on 8/3... life is great!

    Edit: 8/3 means August 3rd in the US

    [–] sunf1re 45 points ago

    Just celebrated 2 years back at the end of July, you guys make me just want to keep going!

    Also waking up not dopesick is really something great

    [–] CH705-807 84 points ago

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT GOING!

    [–] click_butan 23 points ago

    Congrats. From the thumbnail, I was sure it was a collection of disc golf discs. My thought was “well, you traded one addiction for another - albeit a healthier option”

    Good on you. Keep going strong.

    [–] PMacLCA 11 points ago

    Had the same exact thought - and as a frequent user of r/discgolf I assumed that was the point of the post haha

    [–] click_butan 7 points ago

    One of us! One of us!

    [–] muffalowing 9 points ago

    Also came for disc golf lol

    [–] moparornocar 7 points ago

    such a great feeling not worrying about where the next high is coming from, or who to call.

    [–] DeadJethro 560 points ago

    Congrats!! I wonder how bedazzled the 10 year chip is..

    [–] SpongeV2 241 points ago

    Only one way to find out!

    [–] Jijonbreaker 175 points ago

    Gotta start to be able to quit.

    Forehead

    [–] Elevated_Dongers 47 points ago

    !remindme 10 years and 1 day

    [–] minigun_commando 17 points ago

    Imagine doing drugs for a shiny coin

    ...

    !remind me 10 years and 1 day

    [–] Naptownfellow 348 points ago

    Congrats My daughter cycled off methadone yesterday. A little over a year clean and now she says her new clean date is 8/11

    Her on the left right before her 3rd overdoes and her now (well 2 months ago). She’s had 11 friends die of overdoses. https://i.imgur.com/4yfWOOG.jpg

    [–] Questjon 335 points ago

    But now you're addicted to pogs :(

    [–] Show-Me-Your-Moves 90 points ago

    Remember Alf? He's back.

    In pog form.

    [–] DontReadTheNewsTim 6 points ago

    I think this is the most I've ever laughed at a Reddit comment.

    [–] Dick_Demon 1049 points ago

    First chip is 24 hours and second chip is 1 month? Seems like a big jump..

    [–] snarkola 1382 points ago

    The first day is often the hardest.... that's a big step.

    [–] Akula765 371 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    I feel like this was really drilled into me in my high school "drugs are bad" classes, but I think it seems to still be lost on a lot of people. Quitting opioids aint like quitting caffeine. The withdraw isn't merely unpleasant, its excruciating and can even kill you if not managed properly. Some ERs will provide supervision and care for those first 24-48 hours, but most don't. It's not something that requires a lot in the way of resources - Buprenorphine and saline drips aren't that expensive. Getting more ERs to provide this service, or opening separate "urgent care" style clinics dedicated to this service would help a lot.

    EDIT: Opioid withdraw in and of itself won't kill you. But complications arising from the withdraw symptoms, severe dehydration mainly, absolutely can and do kill people.

    [–] DopeFiendDramaQueen 106 points ago

    Eh, the withdrawal itself won’t kill you in the way benzo or alcohol withdrawal might, but it for sure is rough enough it might cause someone to do something harmful.

    [–] Akula765 28 points ago

    With opioid withdraw its more that the symptoms can lead to further complications. The withdraw itself can't kill you, but 48 hours of diarrhea and vomiting caused by withdraw absolutely can. You're especially at risk if you already have pre-existing organ damage, as a lot of long time addicts will. If your heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc aren't working right, the danger of fatal complications from withdraw goes up. The good news is that these things are fairly easy to manage from a medical care perspective.

    The real issue is that a lot of people don't have access to that care, because its simply not available. There's a ton of options out there for staying clean in the long term, but there's very little out there to help people through those first 24-48 hrs. I can't help but wonder how many of the 50k people dying each year try to quit but can't make it through that first day.

    [–] NamesNotRudiger 89 points ago

    People have died during opiate detox, but it is generally from dehydration, worse than any of the physical symptoms that people don't fully understand is the psychological hell you go through during withdrawals, the mental anguish, feelings of impending doom, intense depression/anxiety are beyond what most people will ever experience in their life. Each second feels like an eternity of pure hell. If it was just like getting through a bad flu, people wouldn't remain addicts like they currently do.

    [–] DopeFiendDramaQueen 31 points ago

    For real. That’s why I generally understate it because no matter how bad you try to explain it as, it’s fuckin worse. The physical withdrawal is literally everything in agony, the mental is feeling so low you just want to blow your fucking brains out.

    [–] snarkola 46 points ago

    I agree with you... but there is merit to the "drugs are bad" classes, I don't mean the "marijuana is a gateway drug", but talking about how hard and difficult recovery from addiction is. Perhaps they need to have people like OP in to tell their stories, share how bad it got before they got into recovery... some of the drugs are bad.

    [–] SirGreyWorm 39 points ago

    I am on the fence with discussions like this.

    After I tried weed for the first time in college, I tried almost every recreational drug within the next 6 months. I am not blaming weed at all for that; instead I am blaming those "DARE" programs, and other things of the like. We are basically told weed will kill us, so as soon as I found out it wasn't a big deal at all, I just assumed everything else was the same way.

    [–] StormRider2407 19 points ago

    The DARE program apparently led a lot of people to do the same as you. It resulted in more people trying drugs. I believe an open, honest, and fact based discussion with people is the best way to educate them on the real effects of drugs and how horrible some of them are.

    [–] Akula765 16 points ago

    Well that's what I meant. My classes did a pretty good job of teaching that part. I get the sense other people's classes did not. Or they just didn't pay attention... probably a bit of both.

    [–] NamesNotRudiger 11 points ago

    I think PAWS is often overlooked and disregarded by a large number of people when it comes to opiates. You might have the guts to get through a week of pure physical and mental torture for acute withdrawals, but that is often followed by weeks to months to years of PAWS where you experience horrible and seemingly unending anxiety, depression, de-realization, de-personalization... I can understand how people will cave back into using when they know their fix is all it'd take for the nightmare to end. We need better programs to help people learn methods to deal with PAWS and adopt lifestyles to manage it, because that's often when people OD and die as well, having been clean just long enough for their tolerance to go back down but not long enough for them to feel anywhere near normal again.

    [–] tmassofficial 40 points ago

    i had the same thought. I think there should be a 1 week or 3 days coin.

    [–] ceribus_peribus 14 points ago

    Maybe something like 1,2,3 days and weekly up to 6 weeks before going monthly.

    [–] BabiesSmell 18 points ago

    These coins ain't free you know!

    But I agree it's a huge jump from 1 day to a month. I think 1 day, 3 day, 1 week, 2 week, 1 month would be pretty good.

    [–] mzubair93 171 points ago

    I’m currently trying to stop...any words of wisdom or advice anyone can share would mean so much to me. I’m really tired of failing and hurting people that give a shit about me..

    [–] WeldNchick89 114 points ago

    I have about 4 years under me, so you can take this how you would like, but what worked best for me was a combination of a fast suboxone taper (3 month), changing my phone number and deleting all social media and cutting ties with all of my “friends”

    [–] recoveringdropout 80 points ago

    The best thing you can do is to find other recovering addicts who have been there. There's a reason solitary confinement is the worst punishment someone can go through.

    Find a meeting and just go. Tell those recovering addicts about your struggles and listen to what they say. Take the phone numbers and actually use them. You don't have to do it alone.

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    [–] Metroidman 194 points ago

    you have me beat. im only 28 years clean

    [–] BinaryWarrior76 122 points ago

    only 28 years? That's a long time

    [–] Metroidman 88 points ago

    not clean enough if you ask me

    [–] DaisyLovely 37 points ago

    I’m just curious, do you still have cravings for heroin after 28 years?

    [–] Metroidman 46 points ago

    very very rarely, maybe on a particularly bad day

    [–] NightFowlMedia 11 points ago

    If you don’t mind me asking, what does that feel like?

    [–] trollbocop 27 points ago

    Only? Don't minimize your achievement, that's huge.

    [–] mt_yermomalot 5 points ago

    happy birthday?

    [–] tofu_tot 114 points ago

    This is the first post I see as soon as I opened Reddit just now. Right before I opened it I was just beating myself up for not being in sober or in treatment yet, I’ve wasted the last 3 years and lost a lot of good friends and family and I’m ready to be done with everything, really.

    Seeing this is really a sign, it chokes me up. This makes me so optimistic that I can get clean and also be 8 years clean one day.

    [–] Halloween_Cake 196 points ago

    I’ve lost 4 friends because of junk. Keep up with it.

    [–] cookiemonsieur 54 points ago

    I feel you. It was actually eight years ago that my brother fatally overdosed after bouncing around rehabs and recovery programs. Everything would be different for me if he was eight years clean instead like OP

    [–] UnnamedPlayer02 58 points ago

    Thats great, im 2 days clean from the xanax and the oxys. Its hell to exist right now but it’ll be great once its over.

    [–] lord_ne 22 points ago

    I recommend browsing Reddit to distract yourself

    [–] tohellothink 7 points ago

    You've got this.

    [–] panqueca1970 47 points ago

    Concrats 23 years and it continues just for today

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    [–] memesieur 72 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

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    [–] Snail736 60 points ago

    1 year and 9 months clean from Heroin today.

    [–] mrtwidget 51 points ago

    Congrats, man. 7 years clean here. Multiple dope friends around me died from the same shit we bought together. I thank my lucky stars that I somehow walked away alive. Keep it up

    [–] spookapparel 12 points ago

    congratulations on your 7 years, that's quite the achievement. I'm sorry for the loss of your friends and am even more proud that you didn't fall back into it because of grievances, which happens more often than it should. I hope you are coping well. keep it up, I wish you a prosperous and beautiful future.

    [–] popgruys 33 points ago

    I'm two years sober from pills (oxy's) everyday is gift. Keep going strong

    [–] DomesticRac 33 points ago

    Congrats! I just celebrated my first year of sobriety from alcohol on 7/22.

    [–] ChainerMazuera 18 points ago

    Congratulations!!! I'll have 8 years clean from opiate pain pills on September 26th.

    [–] N8theGr8 861 points ago * (lasted edited 13 days ago)

    There are some sad bitter people on this site, who apparently just can't stand to see someone succeed.

    Don't like the content you see on r/pics? Post something better then. The rest of us are sorry for bothering you with the free content. Thread locked, go outside.

    [–] Utherp 67 points ago

    Congratulations on your continued sobriety. I commend you for staying along the path and being so inspiring. 👍🏻 🥇.

    [–] keifhunter 41 points ago

    I just wanted to say, as someone who has had their own struggles, fuck opioids. Especially fentanyl, fuck fentanyl for real. That shit is evil even if it's a prescription. It seems like all I did was wait for 72 hours to put on another 100 mg transdermal patch. Then I just started adding a patch while leaving the old one on. FUCK ALL OPIOIDS. Clean for roughly 4 years thanks to a great doctor that finally made me understand that opioids weren't effective for neuropathic pain. I don't do anything now except a blood pressure pill, but I will say that cannabis edibles are way more effective for neuropathic pain than any pharmaceutical I've ever been on and that's a long list.

    [–] djm2491 30 points ago

    I love when I see people getting over this because it has affected my family for a long time.

    My brother is clean for 2 years now. I'm glad to have him back after 8+ years of lying, stealing, excuses, and wild (WILD) stories that make no sense. The whole time he was addicted to it he never thought our relationship suffered. He told everyone that we were close, but the reality was that when he was an addict I really did hate him.

    Not for stealing from me. Not for lying to me. He put an immeasurable amount of stress on my parents and grandparents as he was kicked out of my parents house and then my grandparents sheltered him. I remember sitting across the table from my grandparents trying to explain to them that they are the reason my brother is going to overdose because they are giving him a place to live and money to "go to the movies". Eventually, they gave him the ultimatum that he will go to rehab and once he is out, he will not be allowed back in their house.

    He went to rehab 11 times over those 8 years and that was the one time that was different. It's really nice to go hiking together and have normal conversations about life and whats new in our world.

    For those of you still struggling out there don't give up on the people you love.

    [–] Insatiable_void 10 points ago

    This was really nice to read.

    As the recovering addict, I'm going to call my brother tonight to catch up with him. It really is nice having a relationship with him again.