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Old 04-06-2011, 07:20 PM
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Made it Through the Weekend :-)

I went out of town last weekend and was doing something that before would have entailed drinking. I was with friends who know me to be a drinker and they were very surprised when I abstained. I managed though and I was out at dinner, where others were drinking wine with their meals, I was at a bar where the drinks were flowing and then alone in my hotel room (where normally I would have pacified myself with wine). I woke up with no hangovers - went to the gym, did my "events" for the weekend and drove home without being hungover.

It's been about 70 days now for me. Today, was also a bit of a struggle as I am alone tonight (hubby out of town) and previous to this I would have brought home a bottle of wine and enjoyed it without running the risk of being judged. I was able to overcome the thought by using AVRT. Instead, I bought a bottle of sparkling mineral water and enjoyed that while I soaked in the hot tub and enjoyed the warm spring air and sunshine.

Tomrrow I know I will wake up sans hangover and get to work without feeling crappy and spaced out.

I am so pleased as this past weekend was a MAJOR trigger and I did it.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:33 PM
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Great job! Your life is now a checklist of situations in which you managed to stay sober, and you've just checked another one off the list.
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Ha! I would of done the same thing with hubby out of town
It feels good doesn't it
I really wonder what I was thinking when I was drinking. It was a half life. It was a hard life. I feel so much better now.
I must check out AVRT, have done this on my own so far, with the support of this wonderful forum of course
Keep up the good work!
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:52 PM
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Good job! I agree with the checklists...going through your firsts is a great feeling

I would have done the same thing when my husband was out of town except I'm not married so I did it every night.

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Azureseas:

AVRT stands for Addictive Voice Recognition Technique. You can go through a crash course here: https://rational.org/index.php?id=35 (it's free no charge).

It's a good tool. I've done all this by myself too and have only used this forum to gab here and there. AVRT is simply cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

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