with apologies for cross-posting, this originally went out as a micro-email, but i’m getting such great responses I wanted to share some of them here.
From my inbox, this is Trigirl:
“My husband and I are leaving for vacation tomorrow. We are bringing bikes and running shoes to workout in the sunshine and get away from winter. My biggest trigger is sitting around at home in the evening getting bored. I do much better when the routine is changed and we are about to do that. It worked well last weekend when we were travelling.”
“Interestingly, I do many of the things on your list of helpful things to be sober already, but two of them I consciously slack on when I have chosen to drink: I stop journalling and I stop taking the prescribed meds. WTF??? It really is totally ridiculous when the brain fog lifts and you can see the big picture!”
me: you stop taking prescribed meds 🙂 well that makes me smile and nod. oh I get it. it’s like “let’s dig a big fucking pit and just climb in it…” at least you know that that’s wolfie talking. that’s not you. the YOU wants to take care of you. the WOLF wants to run around and fuck things up … go YOU.
Trigirl: “So totally ridiculous isn’t it? As I was typing the words I just had to keep asking myself what would possess a sane person to do that? Go to counseling and the DR, make every effort to get healthy, then just set it aside?!?”
QUESTION: Do you have an experience with stopping doing the things that help you when your brain is planning to drink? What do you stop doing?