6 months sober and starting to think about it again

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I have been off drink for six months because i was drinking very heavily, i just stopped all of a sudden no treatment or AA however i do see a counsellor. But with this covid lockdown the boredom is getting to me something awful and I am starting to think again about drinking. Scared i dont have willpower.

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    Well done Shane, that really is an accomplishment! Bravo! I know what you mean, I live alone, am getting pretty bored and worked out the other day that I haven't touched another human being in 2 months!

    How to stay sober? Distraction is probably pretty important. How about exercise? Walks, home workouts, yoga? Meditation? Learn a new hobby? (I just got back into playing guitar) Or maybe an online course?

    What did you do with your time before the lockdown that you can't do now?

    Can you talk to your counsellor too?

    Stay strong, you've come so far!

    R

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    Hey Shane,

    What you going to do about it? To me it seems like you have already made up your mind, simply dictating how it goes wrong so as a way to explain to yourself a reason for an excuse? You know how the story goes, I'm sure? If like me you don't have a way of limiting your intake, it's all or nothing. So what are you going to do that will help you with this internal conflict?

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    do not do it Shane. fantastic achievement being sober for one year. do not spoil it. iam sobe r 7 years 4 months and have no intention of having just the one drink to celebrate being sober for so long. it is a temptation for cetain. think of the massive achievement which is solid. regards robin

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    I don't think the temptation goes away, but it gets easier to resist as the time passes. I stopped completely 13 years and 3 months ago as I've posted a few times, with no medication etc. (NOT RECOMMENDED! TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.) I've had several periods of 'just one small drink won't matter'' and have been encouraged to get through them by several people on this forum. So best wishes for a sober future.

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    Hi Shane,

    whatever your motivation to quit 6 months ago, now is the time to draw inspiration from your achievement and focus on the joy that sobriety has brought you. Try saying this mantra to yourself when you are bored and thinking negatively:

    1. alcohol has nothing left to offer me that I haven't tried 1000s of times before. There are no new experiences alcohol can give me.
    2. If I have a drink now, I know exactly where it will all lead eventually.
    3. I'm on a brand new journey of discovery about myself. No turning back now.

    Try to think positively about sobriety. It's not so much that you quit alcohol 6 months ago as that you now have a much stronger desire for sober. Sobriety gives you control, contentment and freedom. It's unbelievably powerful and super-cool. Nurture it. Try to fall in love with it all over again. You won't need will-power if you think of your achievement like that. Well done Shane.

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