Believe

If you are anything like me, you tried to quit drinking many times before you finally followed through with it. Each time I failed my self esteem fell even lower. I began to think I was doomed to a life of drinking. Nothing special happened to me to make this time successful. I began reading as much as I could about people who had beat this thing and I became inspired. I began to believe I could one day be free from the shackles of alcohol. Now I would never go back.

It takes time to get to that point but hang in there. Believe that getting through the cravings will pay off in the long run.

Example:

You have had a stressful day at work and just want to drink when you get home to unwind and forget about it all. While it may not be easy, you have to convince yourself to do something else. Drink some tea, call a understanding friend, watch some TV. Basically, anything you can do to unwind without touching the poison.

If you cave in and drink, you will not get proper sleep, you likely won’t eat right and you’ll wake up irritable and fuzzy for work. What happens then? You create a cycle. Of course you will have another stressful day at work, probably even worse because you never stood a chance from the moment you woke up.

No one who has ever woken up sober has thought to themselves “Damn, I wish I had drank last night!”

The you of that evening might of felt uncomfortable denying yourself alcohol, but the you of the next day will be perfectly okay with the decision you made.

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