Past lists

by Catherine


I have been looking back over past lists and notes I made when I was either thinking about stopping drinking, or had stopped.

This is a list I made in July, I remember reading this over and over, thinking it’s all very well me knowing all this…But how do I actually do it?!
On the 26th of August 2014 I woke up, hungover, afraid, full of shame and guilt and knew that this was it…I had to put all of these words into action.
I think, the fact that I was so sick and tired of feeling so sick and tired was the real motivation for me at the very beginning. The list did help me.
To-do list….

Do not plan to drink again.

There is a difference between ‘wishing’ things were different and actually ‘wanting to quit’.

Stop making excuses by making a firm decision not to drink, do not use life as an excuse to drink.

Do not let regret or embarrassment stop you from getting help.

Use the tools you have when you want to drink and listen to what people say.

Cravings are temporary and WILL pass.

Do whatever it takes to not drink.

Find your recovery/AF path

Staying AF has to be your number 1 priority.

Find the positives

Gratitude – start writing a gratitude list every day.

Commit to making a real change, it needs to come from the part of you that is sick and tired of feeling like this.

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