Do you Want to Drink , Do you Need to Drink ... or are you out the other side?

By Boozemusings Co... 08/09/18

When I was drinking heavily most nights and regretting it most mornings, I got into a routine of saying " I'm drinking because I WANT a drink. I don't NEED a drink I WANT one" I was saying WANT instead of NEED because if I NEEDED a drink then it was time to stop and although I wanted to get my drinking under control I couldn't figure out how.


How often have people who love you or even people who rely on you  like, your boss, spouse, parent, friend, child..


How often has one of those people told you that you NEED a drink?


You need a drink to relax you've had a hard day. You need a drink to numb because you've suffered a tragedy. You need a drink to celebrate it's a party. You need a drink to connect. You need a drink to lower your blood sugar. You need a drink for heart health . You need a drink!


Even when those people who love you, rely on you, care for you......


Even when they have seen you drunk and expressed concern they'll still tell you , you NEED a drink now and then because it's how we think. We're conditioned to think that way .


Let's condition each other in the other direction.


Let's do a reverse brain wash.


We've had our brains washed since childhood to think that adults NEED a drink and that drinking Empowers adults, makes them adults actually. Adults drink right ?

We learn that adults drink unless they have a problem. 


Drinking WAS my problem. It solved NOTHING. It was my kryptonite. It was the RING and I was Gollum.


The more I drank the more the addiction fed on me until I actually couldn't function easily without drinking.


I said I WANTED to drink because I NEEDED to drink but it is possible to unlearn that


This is why I do not WANT to drink anymore .....


I did NOT drink last night and as a result I woke up clear headed, with a quiet generous energy and absolutely NO self doubt. Because I did not drink last night and have not drunk for well over three years I OWN my feelings. I own my reactions. I own my body. I own my mind.


I do NOT want to drink today because I crawled out from under the rock of addiction and have found the sun shines gently on my face each day.


That is the reality that I chose.


I chose sobriety because drinking did NOT empower me

How about you ?


Do you need to drink? Do you want to drink? Or have you made it to the other side.


Lets talk about it openly and wash out our brains.


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