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Old 05-16-2013, 10:59 AM
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I must not give in, I must not give in ...!

Sitting in a hotel room in an African capital and have TERRIBLE cravings ...am on day 12 now . When on earth are they going to stop ??. It is 6pm, I have finished work, tomorrow is a public holiday... the bar looks sooo tempting and I have already spotted a lovely bottle of chilled Muscadet .. but I MUST not give in ..'Play to the end of the tape' as i have been told so often here on SR . It won't be one glass, it'll be 10 ...so I need to distract myself. I think I'll go swimming . Hopefully a bit of exercise will make the craving disappear...
Please send me positive vibes ..I need to live up to my name 'I can do this'! :-)
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We can do this, your not alone. We SR folk are here. Go for that swim , sounds soooo good Keep checking in. Prayers
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You can absolutely do this!

Go for a swim and check in with us later x
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:26 AM
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Im on day 4 and SO want to make it! Please go for that swim and maybe get something delicious to eat. Fight it! Please come back and tell us how you're doing. It's always so inspirational when others share on here. Stay strong!
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Think about how great you will feel in that hidst tomorrow!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:29 AM
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Ops holiday!
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:38 PM
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Get some candy and watch a movie!!!
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:45 PM
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Going for a nice stroll always helps me. Think of the terrible hangover! I've only just escaped my withdrawals and I wouldn't want anyone else feeling them if at all possible!
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:48 PM
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As your post said. You must not give in. We are here for you. Have you had dinner?
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:49 PM
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I went for a long swim and feel much better so crisis over (for now)..!! about to settle down with a plate of spaghetti, some apple juice and a movie..
Thank you all for your support - I REALLY appreciate it .
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Icandothis2013 View Post
I went for a long swim and feel much better so crisis over (for now)..!! about to settle down with a plate of spaghetti, some apple juice and a movie..
Thank you all for your support - I REALLY appreciate it .
Of course! That is what this place is for. You are doing very well. I love apple juice. I tend to pour some in my glass of water for the "juicy water" effect. What movie are you watching?
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:59 PM
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About to watch 'Descendants' with George Clooney ...! Feeling much better now. swimming works wonders !
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:59 PM
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AWESOME!! Well done. :-)
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Swimming ! Great Idea. Kick in some healthy endorphins. You can so do this...
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That is awesome !!!! I'm glad you made it through that aweful craving!! It's also an inspiration for me !!! Today is my first day and I'm into my bewitching hour. I'm dieing to walk in the kitchen, pour myself a glass of wine, and begin my art project.
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Sending you lots of positive vibes - you can really do this.

It's just cravings, it's your thoughts, let them go.

Exercising is a great thing - work yourself out and boost natural endorphines.

Best wishes to you. Keep posting. Stay strong.
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Soooooooo glad you didn't drink. Enjoy your movie!

Oh and believe me, your morning self will thank you.
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Eat a full meal
Exercise or swim as you do
Eat chocolate/candy
Drink gallons of coffee/tea
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:30 PM
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Sitting in a hotel room in an African capital and have TERRIBLE cravings ...am on day 12 now . When on earth are they going to stop ??.
The cravings may never stop, but the obsession to use will wane over time. They are fundamentally different.

Alternative activities were a great way for me to get through the initial cravings. I made a list of things I could do instead of drinking and when my mind focused on alcohol I would take out the list and do one. In addition to taking my mind off of booze, it had the added benefit of making me very productive.

Good job so far! Keep it up!
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Cravings were the first few months for me...they did stop tho

I think being alone in a strange place on day 12 is a pretty rough scenario to be in, so maybe cut yourself some slack, icandothis.

Its the response to the craving that counts and your response is great

this technique helped me:
http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/...e-surfing.html

along with playing the tape through, reaching out for help, remembering those 4 main trigger points HALT...(hungry angry lonely tired)

and remembering never ever to drink....

my Dad saying for the day is: it's pollution, not a solution

keep going
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