So Close

Old 08-13-2009, 05:40 AM
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So Close

Im so close to drinking right now. Ive got 68 days done sober. Would be a shame to spoil it. But I feel like getting drunk. Its boredom that really gets too me and when I have money. I can nearly feel and taste a cold drink going down my throat. Im just gonna go get some fags I think, and summit too read. Take my mind off it. Shame the bookshop is right next too loads of pubs, which dont make it any easier but I will not be going in there no matter how much it calls me to. Its calling me right now. In the past year and a half Ive spent 9 months sober and the rest drunk but that is just a way of trying too justify getting drunk.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:43 AM
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Cigs are definetly better than booze. I smoke when I'm really anxious.

You know it will pass soon. Stay strong.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:49 AM
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Think about where your last drink brought you.
non alcoholics get bored too but they dont go and get pissed!! Its immature and will gain nothing except a hangover and remorse

It will be worse this time. It gets worse never better!!
Whatever is going on for you needs to be overcome without the crutch of alcohol. Those feelings will be there next time too if you dont do things differently. There is a number of things you can do.

Get support.
Have a long bubble bath
Go for a walk
catch up on some stuff you have been putting off
make something nice to eat
play good music
call a friend
check out an AA meeting
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:51 AM
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I'ts great that you are posting here before the first drink! Remember what happens after that first drink. Try an ice cold vitamin water instead. To me, it is satisfying and healthy.

To avoid boredom, I work at doing things I could not do drunk, or repair the things I f***** up while drunk. It is very rewarding.

Hang in there -- just for today!
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Old 08-14-2009, 08:40 AM
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Well done on your sober time....

Bored? Here is a list others SR made

150 Things To Do Instead of Drinking

1. Read a book
2. Take a walk
3. Play a musical instrument
4. Knit
5. Clean your closets
6. Research your genealogy
7. Cook a gourmet dinner
8. Write an article for your local newspaper
9. Go take some pictures
10. Clean the mildew in your bathroom
11. Start writing that book you've been planning
12. Plan a garden
13. Plant a garden
14. Play with a pet
15. Read to a child
16. Visit someone in an old folks' home
17. Watch a news special on TV
18. Set up a family budget
19. Make a web site
20. Take up archery
21. Exercise
22. Go to an online recovery meeting
23. Surf the internet
24. Call your mom
25. Learn a foreign language
26. Write a poem
27. Play golf
28. Take a bubble bath
29. Draw
30. Teach a parakeet to whistle
31. Take a nap
32. Listen to music
33. Paint
34. Clean your desk
35. Start a stamp collection
36. Go window shopping
37. Browse in a book store
38. Go to an art gallery
39. Go for a drive
40. Paint a room
41. Watch the clouds go by
42. Play darts
43. Do target shooting
44. Do home repairs
45. Clean your garage
46. Sort your photographs
47. Make a scrapbook
48. Climb a tree
49. Plant a tree
50. Make marmalade
51. Make a list of things to do
52. Write a letter to the editor
53. Volunteer somewhere
54. Take a hike
55. Take a college class
56. Try yoga
57. Meditate
58. Get a massage
59. Make fruit smoothies
60. Bake cookies
61. Do a crossword puzzle
62. Go to the gym
63. Plant a color bowl
64. Sharpen your pruning tools
65. Change your engine oil
66. Sew
67. Groom your dog
68. Go see a play
69. Write a sonnet
70. Sort your recipes
71. Play solitaire
72. Go bird watching
73. Write a letter to a friend
74. Read a poetry book
75. Repot your houseplants
76. Go to a movie
77. Mow your lawn
78. Put up (or take down) your Christmas lights
79. Make pickles
80. Go jogging
81. Watch sitcoms
82. Plan menus for a diet
83. Do a jigsaw puzzle
84. Play chess
85. Write a country-western song
86. Watch a video
87. Go for a bike ride
88. Plant an herb garden
89. Start an online journal
90. Dye your hair
91. Go to a restaurant
92. Lift weights
93. Bake some bread
94. Learn a martial art
95. Polish the furniture
96. Make a flower arrangement
97. Read the newspaper
98. Start some seeds
99. Sort your magazines
100. Do some laundry.
111. Take a nature walk
112. Play with your kids
113. Volunteer at a homeless shelter
114. Volunteer at a school
115. Pick up garbage in a park
116. Tickle your kids
117. Play basketball
118. Volunteer at an animal shelter
119. Read to a child or pet
120. Sign up for obedience training with your dog
121. Take a walk and pick up litter you see on the way
122. Spend time at the library
123. Sort all your digital photos and make an album to print for holiday gifts to family.
124. Help your kid organize his closet.
125. Figure out the melody and chords to your current favorite tune on the piano.
126. Practice your holiday cookie recipes
127. Make crackers from scratch (that one didn't go so well).
128. Make tortillas from scratch (better).
129. Reread a book you haven't read for years.
130. Tango
131. Learn about someone else’s religion.
132. Reread one of your college textbooks.
133. Key out a wildflower.
134. Do your nails.
135. Do word puzzles.
136. Play a board game.
137. Burn CD’s of some of your favorite music for a friend.
138. Plant a bonsai.
139. Play Mad Libs.
140. Speak only in heroic couplets for an hour.
141. Read poetry online.
142. Ride a stationary bicycle.
143. Set up a domino topple.
144. Play backgammon.
145. Build a house of cards
146. Make an entry in Wikipedia.
147. Read a world almanac.
148. Publish a family newsletter.
149. Throw cards at a hat.
150. Go to bed.
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Old 08-14-2009, 05:14 PM
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Hope all is well, Tripp.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:21 PM
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Tripp, I had a day like that today too. Bored with money, at least enough money to get booze. But I made it through, by trying to stay busy, and that's what I'd suggest for you.

Hang in there
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Old 08-14-2009, 11:08 PM
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I had a weak moment today too....

Know what I did?

Got in my car, rolled up ALL my windows, and screamed BLOODY MURDER!!!!

Amazing how therapeutic that can be!

Just think how tomorrow morning will feel if you beat this thing.

Not sure what time it is there, but if night has already come and gone, I do so hope you won the battle.

Either way, you're loved here. Hugs...
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Old 08-15-2009, 02:08 AM
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l know that feeling very well.
good luck and wisedom.

Now don't say you can't swear off drinking; it's easy. I've done it a thousand times.
W. C. Fields
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:00 AM
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Cravings and drinking/using thoughts are lies trying to glorifying past times.

But those times are history.

Play the tape all of the way through to today.

Why was it you decided to stop drinking?

What would drinking now accomplish?
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:04 AM
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i hope that you will call people and share with them so that they can help you stay sober.
All too often i have watched people come and go just because they thought they were in
control of this disease and didn't ask for help. Please call your sponsor and ask how a
spiritual defense can help you with the obsession to drink. Get to a meeting soon!
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