How To Keep Your Mind Off Alcohol Once You Are Sober
Once an alcoholic makes up his or her mind to surrender to their addiction to alcohol, many times in their life alcohol will come back into their minds.
I will try and give you some pointers on "how to keep your mind off alcohol once you are sober." These pointers or tips are from my own experiences since I became sober in October of 2009, and I use these everyday of my life when that urge or temptation to drink comes into play.
When alcohol has been such a huge part of ones life for many years, it is very hard to get over leaving that addiction behind, although for myself I just think of all the bad things alcohol did to me and my family, and that alone puts a stop to that urge or temptation to drink. I believe a lot of it has to do with your mind, even though an addiction is so powerful many people are not that strong and full of willpower to just say no.
I was one of those people that just could not say no. The longer I drank the more I needed that poison in my system. I admit that I was weak and never had enough willpower to beat my demons that ran my life for so many years.
I am sure many of you feel the same way, that you were weak to stand up for your own life and say NO to the addiction that would slowly take over your life and in the end kill you.
I Would Give Anything - But I Won't
I would give anything, but I won't, to sit down in a bar and put alcohol to my lips and have those long conversations with my old drinking buddies. Those thoughts passed through my mind many times in the last four years of my sobriety, but I know if I did something such as that, it would be the end of my recovery, and my sobriety. I would have to start all over at square one, and day one of trying to get and stay sober again.
All of my hard work and determination to stay sober would be all in vain, not to say how disappointed I would be in myself for being so weak, and not having the willpower to say NO to the demons that were knocking at my door.
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Keeping Alcohol Off Your Mind
When the urge or temptation to drink alcohol comes over me, here are a few things I think about to get my mind off of alcohol.
- I think of all the bad times I had while drinking.
- I think of all the nasty things I said while being drunk to family and friends.
- I think of how miserable I was being addicted to alcohol.
- I think of all the money I spent on alcohol instead of my family needs.
- I think how horrible I was looking all because of alcohol and the damage it does to the body.
- I think of all the things I missed out on because I put alcohol in front of everything.
- I think of all the times I stayed home when invited to a family function because there was no alcohol being served.
- I think of how many times I acted like an ass because alcohol was making me do and say things that I wouldn't ever do or say if I were sober.
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Keep Body And Mind Busy
You need to keep your body and mind busy when you are in recovery so that you keep your mind off alcohol. This works for me and I hope it works for you as well.
Everyone has different ways that they cope with keeping their mind off alcohol. Keeping busy works for me!
Everyone that has become sober will have times in their recovery that they just wished they could have that one drink. I know for myself, it has happened to me more than you could imagine, but I never broke and took that drink.
For example: My daughter got married last year, and my wife and I helped to pay for the wedding, the reception, and all of the alcohol that was going to be served at the reception. I stood and watched everyone having drinks to celebrate my daughters wedding and new life with her husband. I didn't even have Champagne for the toast. I drank water and coffee the entire evening, when I could of very well drank alcohol, after all, there was loads of alcohol at that reception. My mouth watered for alcohol and as I watched everyone getting drunker and drunker and having a good old time. I then thought to myself, "I am having just as much fun, and even more being sober!" The urges to drink will pass if you hold off and give it time. That is what I did, and I was good for the entire night and thanked myself for not giving into the demons that were calling me.
As I said in many hubs and articles I have written, "I made a promise to myself four years ago when I stopped drinking alcohol, that I would never touch another alcoholic drink for the rest my life, and I am not that kind of person that breaks promises, especially to myself."
I am no different than anyone else. I have problems just like the next person, and I was so used to drinking alcohol to try and solve those problems just like you do.
I have learned since I have been sober that drinking alcohol to solve life's problems never worked and never will! I never knew that until I became sober. In fact, alcohol just made those problems bigger than they really were. I am sure you can relate to those words right?
As I stated above, think about those things that haunted you while you drank and abused alcohol and I bet you won't pick up that drink ever again, unless you are glutton for punishment.
It will get easier as time passes in the recovery process, although we will always be in recovery, and we will always be named an "alcoholic" until the day we die. It is a sad thing and something I am not proud of at all, but I made my bed and now I must lie in it.
The word alcoholic seems like such a harsh word, but lets face it, we were addicted to alcohol on our own choice, and alcohol did run our lives for many years until you and I smarted up and beat our demons and surrendered.
As far as myself, I have been sober since October 27, 2009 and although many times I wanted to drink alcohol, but inside of me say NO, Don't Do It!. I listened to my heart and soul and didn't listen to the demons that were hounding me to drink alcohol and ruin my life even more than it was almost ruined four years ago.
These demons will always be with us, but the thing is not to let them win your body back again.
Stay positive, stay determined to keep sober forever, believe in yourself and love yourself enough to say NO to the urge and temptation to drink when it comes over you.
You can keep sober, I did, and I will be sober till the end of my time here on Earth. I'd rather be taken to heaven by natural causes then die from an alcohol addiction that could of been totally avoidable just by being strong and learning to say NO I don't need that poison to have fun in my life.
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© 2013 Mark Bruno
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