Recovering Alcoholic When You Want a Drink
If you are an Alcoholic and you are in recovery, maybe you have been sober 30 days, maybe you have been sober 10 years, what to do when you want a drink. All recovering Alcoholics get “thirsty” sometimes. The urge to drink can come on at times from out of nowhere.
What do you do to stay away from that drink and keep your sobriety?
The first thing to do is pick up the phone and call your AA sponsor, talk it out. If you do not have a sponsor, call a close friend and talk it out. Go exercise, if you can muster up the energy. “Move a muscle and change a thought,” is a slogan I learned in the very beginning of my attempt at getting sober. Go for a walk, go for a jog, go to the gym, work-out. Find something to distract yourself with, go to a movie, rent a movie on disc you have been wanting to see. Ear something, chances are you are hungry. Maybe eat something sweet to calm the craving, Ice cream, candy, cookies, cake, anything with a little sugar as alcohol has a sugar component. Try and think of all the hard work you have put in to get to where you are in your sobriety, meditate on it. If you have a therapist and this is reaching crisis, call and go talk with a professional.
Don’t Give in and Drink
Whatever you do, don’t give in and drink. Again, you have worked too hard to get to where you are in your sobriety. Do what it takes to stay away from a drink. The urge will pass. Go get some sleep. Chances are you will feel differently after a night’s sleep or a nap. Again, if you have 2 weeks or 10 years of sobriety, the last thing you want to do is pick up a drink. I know how hard it can be. Do whatever you need to do to let the craving pass. Find something else to put your mind on and I guarantee you the urge to drink will pass. And when you have mastered the passing of the cravings to drink you will grow stronger and stronger each time one of these urges or cravings jumps up and says I want a drink today, I want a drink now. The more times you learn to let it pass, the easier it gets in time. One day at a time, stay sober.
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