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Coping with triggers. - September 18th 2018, 11:08 PM

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[SIZE="a"]I've been trying, and failing, to remain sober. I've been drinking heavily for the past six and a half years, and I want to stop it. I am able to go a few days at a time without drinking, but always get drunk on the weekends. Even during the week, if I see any mention of alcohol (such as recipes or pictures) I am triggered and tempted to drink.

I believe if I can find a way to deal with these triggers (and not by using other substances, such as caffeine) then recovery will be easier.[/size]
   
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Re: Coping with triggers. - September 29th 2018, 01:15 PM

Sorry you haven't recieved a reply yet.

Firstly, I think it's great that you have recognised that drinking is a problem for you and that you want to stop. That's the first step in recovery!

It's also really good that you are able to go a few days without drinking. When it comes to being abstinent from drinking, it might sometimes be easier to cut down in moderation first with the ultimate goal of not drinking at all. This helps when it comes to managing withdrawal symptoms but also so that you don't see it as a failure when you do drink, more so if you were a heavy drinker for many years. Being able to go without drinking for a while, and perhaps have a drink over the weekend (but aiming to gradually lower the amount you drink over weekend) and then eventually going without a drink might be a realistic goal that you can meet.

You are also right in that finding a way to deal with triggers can help with recovery. I'm not too sure what to suggest for dealing with triggers (and hope others can give suggestions) but as a stating point, you might want to check our our alternatives suggestions.

Also, if you haven't already and if it's possible, you might want to ask your doctor or health care provider for help. They might be able to offer your resources to help cut down or stop drinking.

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