How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse by understanding your body/mind signals.
How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse by disabling your urges, cravings, impulses and triggers to drink.
How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse by refocusing your body’s attention.
How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse, start now to disable your body’s Drink Now signals for Alcoholism Recovery.
We can refocus our Urges, Cravings, Impulses, and Triggers which drive us to partake of our addictive preferences. Inducements are everywhere, they constantly bombard us with stimulus to respond.
Alcohol ads are everywhere, stimulants to “have a drink.”
Only food and shopping are more prevalent. Our need to counteract these stimulants to action are necessary if we are to stay sober and recover from alcohol.
We are bombarded daily to consume more, and more often.
Addictions Recovery is within your grasp, take the next step. How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse: Refocus Urges, Cravings, Impulses, and Triggers.
HOW-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse: Fight URGES:
Urges are hard to fight because many of us have a need for immediate gratification. Urges set action in motion.
We discount and devalue the benefits of delayed gratification: We fail to put off our reward to some more appropriate time, substance, action, or focus in the future.
We go immediately to the new stimulus. We choose the instant reward of drug effects, even though we understand they offer only harm and problems in our present and future.
We need some thought, process, or action that can cut through anticipation of immediate pleasure (gratification)or anticipated pain relief.
We must stop the hijacking of our bodies and minds for Alcohol Addiction.
Sober Living is possible with help and determination. How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse: Curb CRAVINGS:
Cravings set off cues to drink and take drugs. They are initiated by our individual triggers, usually from a past associated with our substance abuse history.
Favorite bars, the good ole boys, an argument with our partners, mad at the boss, simple rejection of any kind.
These people, places and things act as triggers to stimulate our cravings. These urges can fluctuate over time. The intensity may vary.
After them our relapse back to the bar, dealer, is often close at hand.
Who conspired against our sobriety?
Lots of folks: TV commercials, songs, smells, magazine ads, newspapers, especially “friends, and our own body/mind.”
Those who disregard our sobriety and push their form of addiction.
Was our Sobriety sabotaged by the SNUPs? HOW-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse: IMPULSES are Transient:
Impulses hit us. Our brain/mind signals it wants-needs something: “A cool beer”, perhaps. Our lives are often ruled by our needs and wants.
However, the secret we need to grasp is that they all, urges, cravings, impulses, and triggers, are transient. And they will dissolve if we can pause and let them go on by.
Just like thoughts in our own mind.
The question is finding a way to realize this, while they have us temporarily under their spell.
What follows is a way you can do that. A way to confront urges, cravings, impulses, and triggers and let them diminish. You can learn to outlast your impulses.
You can learn to “reset” your urges, cravings, and triggers.
Expand your life perspectives to a Serenity Life Practice. How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse: TRIGGERS are brain/body switches:
Our triggers are as individual as we are. Our stimulus conditions are very personal, built up over years of substance abuse.
So what triggers our cravings?
And how can we transform from our automatic response to urges, cravings, impulses and triggers?
For recovery, we require a conscious response to triggers. We must give up the remote control responses and make a cognitive intervention. At least as we are best able to do.
We need to see which tools we have available for use.
Are Your "Old Buddies" Obsolete Relationships? How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse: Immediate ACTION:
First action to take upon experiencing an urge, craving, impulse or trigger.
When we first sense an urge, craving, impulse, or trigger, if we know ourselves enough, we can recognize the urge, craving, impulse, or trigger and have a moment, but most often, we only have a moment to intervene.
Here, we suggest a possibility.
A Spirituality Practice can support your Alcoholism Recovery. How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse: Take PHYSCIAL ACTION:
Your next physical action should alert your brain to cue a specific “therapeutic” measure (action) for immediate impulse override.
Clear the decks, few of us can stand firm for long against enough mind/body pressure. First, obviously, stay away from the personal places and events, the near occasions for slips in substance abuse.
Know yourself as well as you can. Those areas and people where impulse control gives us trouble. If you are female consider Women and Alcohol info.
Take an OVERRIDE Action:
Your immediate mental and physical response process should help stimulate alternative OVERIDE action.
You have a moment to implement a delay response action to the body/mind urge or impulse. A delay action to postpone, refocus, or override the craving or trigger.
In that moment, initiate a physical action which intervenes and causes the Brain-Mind-Body to refocus.
We suggest that upon recognition of a craving signal, you rub your left palm with your right hand. Hard enough for the body to signal the brain of the action.
This should also initiate a planned mental activity on your part.
We suggest you immediately say the Serenity Prayer to yourself.
“God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.”
You can learn to refocus your urges, cravings, impulses and triggers.
Experience the Survivors Recovery mode of response. THINK AHEAD:
Since cravings are often have a foundation in our fixation on an abused substance, it causes us considerable frustration.
Practice the suggested intervention. Initiate an interventive physical action upon recognition of an urge, craving, impulse, or trigger and follow through with the mental part.
You can, of course, devise your own physical and mental responses.
The Serenity Prayer is our Recovery treasure tool. Use It.
Another great gift for recovery is The Sobriety Prayer. LOSE YOUR ADDICTIVE ILLUSIONS:
We have nothing to lose but our addictive illusions.
Once you start to see through the myth of status,
possessions, and unlimited consumption as a path to happiness, you’ll find that you have all kinds of freedom and time.
It’s like a deal you make with the universe: I’ll give up greed for freedom.
Then you can start putting your time to good use.
And if someone says, “But the problems are so big, what can one person do?”
Once you realize that helping others is also helping yourself, the size of the overall problems become irrelevant. You’re not a one-man or one-woman army out to save the whole world. You help simply because it does good and it feels good.”
(From a conversation with David Edwards…published as a book flyer.)
How-to-Stop-Alcohol-Abuse requires a refocus of our body/mind responses.
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