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How To Collect Your Thoughts When That Urge To Drink Alcohol Strikes
Don't Ever Give In
When anyone has been addicted to alcohol for years and has gotten the strength and the willpower to get and stay sober there will be days that drinking alcohol will be on your mind.
Here is how to collect your thoughts when that urge to drink alcohol strikes you. It will happen a few times in life, after all alcohol has been a huge part of the alcoholics life so how can we not think of alcohol once in awhile when the times get tough in life.
I know for myself, over the last few years being sober alcohol and my demons were knocking on my door and sitting on my shoulder just waiting for me to lose it and give in for that taste of poison.
Don't Let It Happen - Collect Your Thoughts
If and when that urge to drink alcohol strikes you, at that moment your need to think fast and collect your thoughts so that your demons don't take over your body once again.
Here is what I do when that urge to drink comes over me, and believe me it has happened more than you want to know.
- I think of how hard I worked to get to the point of sobriety I am in.
- I think of how hard it was in the first place to surrender to my demons.
- I think how proud my family is of what I have accomplished by stopping drinking.
- I think how proud I am of myself for surrendering to my addiction.
- I think if I took that one drink what in the world would happen to me. Yes, Relapse!
- I know my body, as you should know yours as well. One drink and we will be doomed, you can count on it!
- I would think how disappointed I would be in myself for not staying strong.
If you had an addiction and got sober have you ever had the urge to drink?
Reasons These Urges to Drink Come About Us
For myself, and not speaking for others, here are a few reasons I got that urge to drink alcohol. Other people that have found sobriety in their life may have other reasons that their urge to drink alcohol comes about them.
Here are the reason I got those urges to drink.
- Getting upset because something didn't go as planned.
- Two deaths in my family, my Dad and then my Mom.
- Financial worries.
- Trying to find a Full time job.
- Finding out I had a son I didn't know about. ( Long story)
Although all these things and many more, that I will not go into at this time made me think, "would all this get better if I drank alcohol again. Sometimes I feel like when i drank alcohol things were much better, but my wife has to put me in my place and explain to me again, things were horrible when I drank and by starting to drink again will solve nothing."
The things I mentioned about, is that with all these things happening in my life over the last few years, NONE of them got to me so bad that I went for a drink of alcohol, and you must have the same response when that urge strike you in your life.
You Need To Stay Strong No Matter What Happens
No matter what happens in your life and you have gotten to the point of long term sobriety and living life like it should be lived, you MUST NOT let those demons of alcohol back into your life.
You have to be stronger than your addiction no matter what happens in your life. Everyday of our lives will have ups and downs, and things may not always go the way you had wanted them to go, but you can never give in and drink. Drinking will never solve one thing in life and just as the urge comes about you it will leave you if you think of the consequences that WILL HAPPEN if you pick up that first drink of alcohol.
Get those thoughts in place fast when that urge to drink strikes you. STOP and THINK before you pick up that first drink.
Quit Drinking Alcohol
Don't Waste Your Hard Earned Sobriety On An Urge To Drink Alcohol
To waste your hard earned sobriety on an urge to drink, because you are having a tough time at that moment would be horrible, and if you and I let that happen we would be very disappointed in ourselves. You and I worked very hard to get to the point in our sobriety, and to throw it all away because we were weak would be the worst mistake in our life.
Stay strong and positive always, and never let our past come back into our lives, because if you and I do, we will be very sorry for this huge mistake. You and I know if we do drink because of an urge, we both will be back to our old ways of drinking and abusing alcohol once again.
You and I are stronger than this. We can and will stay away from the addiction that once ran our lives. As I said before, urges to drink alcohol will come and go throughout our lives, but let them go as fast as they came over us.
Collect those thoughts before you touch one drop of alcohol. Take a deep breath and think what you are about to do to your sober life and the lives that stood by your side through your addiction to alcohol. Think of others such as your spouse, children, parents and dear friends. Just think how disappointed you will be in yourself and how disappointed your family and friends will be if you bite on that urge to drink alcohol from your demons.
DON'T DO IT! IT WILL PASS. JUST HANG IN THERE AND GIVE IT TIME. THE URGE WILL GO AS IT CAME. TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND JUST RELAX. IT WILL PASS, BUT IN THE MEANTIME DON'T TOUCH THAT DRINK!
Peace And Serenity
© 2013 Mark Bruno