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    Default How should we acknowledge this?

    Someone in our life - quite close to us - is coming up on their one year anniversary of being sober. He has been going to AA and I guess they have a party there?

    Is it appropriate for us to acknowledge it? If so, how?
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    ask him if you can attend.

    Give him a card, i think it's totally appropriate to acknowledge someone's accomplishment.

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    They aren't in this city and I wasn't invited. (My parents were though, and will be attending).
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    Believe it or not they most likely have cards for something like this. I was in Hallmark awhile ago and they had this entire shelf dedicated not so common card giving times. Ones like congratulations on coming out. Congrats on one year cancer free. My guess is they would have something for one year sober. It's worth a try.
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    send him a card!

    I know my dad loves to celebrate his sobriety.

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    Sure, why not. You could send a fruit basket (can order from near him and they deliver that day) or send a gift card to something he would like.
    If my close friend was sober for a whole year I would take him out for dinner since he's in London - but if he moved away I would send him a gift card for a gaming store so he can buy a PlayStation game (he's 32 - but has given up on being sober).
    I think seeing that lots of people support his decision is definitely a good thing - even if you just send a card (Congrats on your Acomplishement).

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    For the person I know, I usually have them over for dinner and bake them a cake.
    It's definitely something to be acknowledged!

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    oh for sure send them a card and call too if you can the first year is so hard it is so worth congratulating them

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    I'd send a nice card if it were me. I think it would be very much appreciated.

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    send him a card. my dad was in his 25th year of sobriety when he died and we still acknowledged it!
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    DH's aunt just had her one year sobriety and we sent a card with a note saying how proud we are of her and how much we love her.
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    OK, so if I wanted to do a card with something else, what would you send? I can send it with my parents so I don't have to worry about mailing it or anything.
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    I actually bought a friend the black t-shirt from this website (***Warning, it's vulgar):

    Unique Gifts - Recovery, Addiction, & 12 Step Program Gifts
    (the one that says "one.....F'n .... day at a time)

    They absolutely love it. There's some other cool ideas on there too. Mayne one will suit his personality. If you google "sobriety gifts" that's how I found the website when I ordered it.
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    in years past I've gotten my brother gifts on his clean date. I've always attended his 'birthday' meetings too. it was most important to him that family come to his birthday meeting. we'd bring cake to share with everyone in attendance.


    from what I've observed something funny is always appreciated the most. stuff like what sunrise mentioned.
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    umm what about a key chain or something with the slogan “one day at a time“ or “easy does it“ and maybe the date of his one year or even the day of his last drink or a plaque or something with the poem “footprints“ or the serenity prayer

    oh the dog tags with a slogan would be good too~!
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