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Old 03-11-2013, 09:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going on a business trip tomorrow and I am notorious for getting drunk and doing less than admirable things on these trips. I was sober for 8 years and didn't have a problem going to conferences and such. BUT, after I started drinking again a few months ago (have since quit--1 week sober!!), I fell back into the old habit of sitting at the hotel bar for "a drink or two" and ending up wasted. I am terrified of this happening again this week. I've looked into AA meetings where I'm going, but there aren't many. Advice?
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I'm going on a business trip tomorrow and I am notorious for getting drunk and doing less than admirable things on these trips. I was sober for 8 years and didn't have a problem going to conferences and such. BUT, after I started drinking again a few months ago (have since quit--1 week sober!!), I fell back into the old habit of sitting at the hotel bar for "a drink or two" and ending up wasted. I am terrified of this happening again this week. I've looked into AA meetings where I'm going, but there aren't many. Advice?
Having the same issue, I have to go out-of-town on Friday and I will have the same temptations--hotel bar, lots of people having drinks etc. etc.

I've been "fast forwarding". Thinking about how crappy Saturday morning will be if I drink and how much better Saturday morning will be if I don't. I'm also planning out a sober schedule for each part of my stay, basically, a nice dinner and off to my room with a book and then to sleep. I feel pretty comfortable, but I will need to keep rewinding and playing the sober scenario over and over in my head. I do know that if I stay sober, I will wake up Saturday morning with feeling of well-being and self-respect no drink could ever provide. I crave that feeling as much as I desire a night of hotel bar drinking--and that's one craving I'm happy to give in to.
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On Fridays and Saturday nights, I always feel that I should be going out and living it up. I'm well aware that I can't do that like normal people, so I stay away from the nightlife. However, it still leaves me with that feeling that I want to be out partying with friends. If it's a party night, I've turned to rewarding myself in other ways in order to stay sober. Usually i'm alone so I treat myself to eating out. This includes ordering food to go. As a result, I dont feel guilty for eating out, and I stay sober for another night.

My suggestion would be to treat yourself to room service and order yourself a movie.
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