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How Your Mind Can Play Tricks On You When Trying To Stay Sober

Updated on August 3, 2014

Is Your Mind Playing Tricks on Your Sobriety?

It is amazing how your mind can play tricks on you when trying to stay sober? Your mind and brain are very powerful and they can play some tricks on you if and only if you let them do so.

When trying to stay sober the once demons you had inside of you still try to run and ruin your life. When you have been addicted to alcohol for so long and decide just to stop drinking alcohol your mind and your demons feel a bit left out, meaning they are so used to being fed the poison you once gave to them and all of a sudden they have nothing to thrive on.

Lets see if any of what I am going to tell you rings a bell to you and your experiences with alcohol, but now you are sober.

Lets say we are invited to a party or a nice summer picnic. The first thing on many people's minds when they hear party or picnic is alcohol. Not saying this is what everyone thinks, but I know I thought of alcohol and having fun right away when I heard the words, party or picnic.

Even though we are sober we excepted the invitation knowing there will be alcohol being served and in many case lots of it. So we expect the invitation and when we arrive you see most people having some sort of drink in their hand, having a grand old time, laughing and getting sillier as each drink is consumed.

You are the other hand are watching those drinking and knowing you can not have anything alcoholic because you are now clean and sober. Your mind starts spinning it's wheels at this point remembering when you drank at parties and picnics. You think of all the fun you had drinking and getting drunk and just fitting in with everyone else just perfect. Are you now an outcast or are you just the smart sober one?

Your past demons look on at the alcohol flowing down the throats of all the people in front of you. You are having conversations with many folks as they hold that alcoholic drink right in front of your face. Here is where the demons must be put back in their place. Your mouth starts to water and you can remember to taste of booze, but knowing you can not have a drink really sucks.

The devil that once sat on your shoulder is looking and starting to play tricks on your mind. The temptation is there, but are you strong enough to keep saying no to them.? You see the ice cooler filled with nice cold cans and bottles of beer and your mind is telling you and reminding you of the time you were diving into that cooler to get a ice cold can of beer with the ice sliding down the can. (Hmmm, I getting thirsty writing this LOL)

Your mind tells you, can you resist the temptation of reaching in the cooler or will you just walk away. Many people are not very strong and many just might say, " why can't I have just one or two beers just to be social?"

I know if that was what my mind was telling me, (and it has) and I gave into the demons, I would be doomed without any question. I must say, you have to have a ton of willpower in order to say NO to all temptation of drinking alcohol no matter where you are or what happens in your life, whether it good or bad.

Resist the Temptation

What we need to learn, and stick by it, is no matter how much the temptation to drink alcohol is we must not give in to our past demons that ran our lives for so long.

Your mind and the help of the demons will always try to play tricks on you, but never give in because if you do, it will be the worst thing you could ever have done to yourself and your body. If you had an addiction to alcohol and now you are sober, remember (you and I) are still alcoholics whether we like it or not. The word "Alcoholic" to me is such a horrible word, but I created that status all on my own. No one ever told you and I that we should be an alcoholic. We made our bed and we must now lie in it forever. Sad to say, but so true.

This is exactly why we can not let our minds play tricks on us because our addiction is still lurking in us somewhere as our demons are too. They are just sitting back and waiting for us to mess up one more time so they can take over our life again and try their hardest to ruin it once more. So this why we need to be stronger than what our minds might be telling us. We need have the willingness and a huge desire to continue to stay sober, because you and I have worked so hard to get where we are in our recovery, so lets not let our minds play any tricks on us.


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Sharyn I am sorry it has been so long for me to reply, but just wanted to thank you for your comment. I am sorry for what you hasd to endure but I know exactly what you mean. I want to wish you a very Happy Easter and stay strong. Thank you for your kind words to me in your comments :)

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mark ~ As the "other half" (partner) of an addict, I can easily say that my mind also played tricks on me as well. I could make all kinds of excuses making myself (and others) believe that it wasn't so bad. My mind played tricks on me and so did the addict, where I believed that giving money (enabling) to the addict was a better choice that watching them suffer. I also had false thoughts that everything would change and be okay. i.e., if I love you enough, then you will change. In my case, it was so toxic that change was practically impossible. The mind is quite strong to fight against. Thank you for writing these hubs from your heart.


    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      urmilashukla23, Thank you so much for reading and commentingand your kind words :)

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      6 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      You are doing great. Just stay strong. Voted up!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Crazy Mags, Thanks again for reading and commenting.I too can remember some real horrible stuff when I drank. Now thinking about it, I don't think anything about drinking is good at all, now seeing through my sober eyes!!

      Stay well and stay sober :)

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      Crazy Mags 

      6 years ago

      I like when you said "No one ever told you and I that we should be an alcoholic. We made our bed and we must now lie in it forever." -- emphasis on FOREVER. Sad to say, but it is so true. Sometimes it really sucks, and I whine about the "forever" part. It is then that the demons start to say "it wasn't that bad" "you can just have one" "everything will be ok" "you haven't had a drink in so long, it is not a big deal..." Now, rather than romanticize the "good times," I remember all of the awfulness of drinking alcoholically. It is one of the things that helps my mind push back those demons. Thanks and good hub.


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