Eight Step Recovery - Using the Buddha's Teachings To Overcome Addiction
Stay sober, safe, sane during the holidaysOn Fri, 20 December, 2013 - 02:35
Plan Ahead - Stay clear of the bar areas. Get a non-alcoholic beverage, talk to friends, and keep a glass that is refreshed, that way a guest or friend will be less likely to get you a refill with real alcohol in it. If food is your addiction, stand away from tables that are piled up with food. Whatever your addiction is, you intuitively know what to do, trust your gut. It may mean staying at home, it may mean cancelling going to an event, it may mean picking up the phone and asking for help. Recovery means you need courage to ask for help. perhaps listening to the 21 meditations daily, this will be a great help. Know How to Say No - No one has to know that you have an addiction. If it feels like you need to say something, then you can say you are allergic. Even if you are a sex addict you can say you are allergic to the rubber they use to make condoms. If you are a gambler you can say you are completely broke. When we want to reach for our addiction we will find all sorts of excuses. So use the same imagination and find excuses to why you will not go after your fix. Just be firm. If anyone asks if you would like a drink? Tell them no, I’m the designated driver, or no, I’ve decided not to drink tonight. No one can force you drink. Don’t feel like you have to appease someone by taking a drink, or drug for that matter. Be aware of Triggers - Triggers are situations, places, or things that cause you to think about your addiction, that can cause you to slip. Having extra money in your pocket is a trigger for many people. Triggers will be all around you during the Christmas season. Be vigilant, This is the time to work hard at your recovery. Use every tool available to you. Your recovery, your abstinence , your sobriety comes first. take good care of yourselves.