Recovering Alcoholic and the power of association

Wow! Where did that come from?

It’s been twelve months now since I stopped drinking. But today, for the first time in a very long time, I had the almost uncontrollable urge to drink. The reason? The sun is shining in Southern England for a change and I’m in a good mood.

My brain has been doing cartwheels all day long with thoughts of cold lager and beer gardens in the sun. Thankfully though, I have resisted the urge with plenty of cold Pepsi and lot’s of writing, to keep my mind occupied.

I thought I had beaten all the habitual drinking. I used to drink after food, drink to make a phone call, drink when I watched TV, but, Courtesy of the English winter weather, I’d forgotten all bout drinking outside when the sun was shinning.

Well, that’s another lesson learned on the long road to recovery. It’s very well stopping drinking, but then you’ve got to stay stopped. At least now, I see each and every occasion I get the urge to drink as another hurdle jumped and so I feel proud of myself today for not succumbing, if a little frustrated that I still have the urge at all.

For any fellow recovering alcoholics who are suffering the first day of summer urge, I can recommend plenty of Pepsi and ice cream. At the rate I’m going, I will soon feel too sick and bloated to even consider an alcoholic beverage! But, better a bloated, overweight fool than a drunk fool.

Ironically, I’ve  just published a new article on Hubpages giving advice on how to stop drinking. I suppose that sitting here on a sunny day, writing about alcohol, was bound to get me reminiscing a little bit, but there we go, that’s the power of association to the recovering alcoholic for you. You have to go through all the situations that you used to drink and start learning how to get through them without drinking. It’s not impossible, it’s not even that difficult once you get used to it, but, as I learned today, the urge can come at some very unexpected times.

So to everyone in sunny southern England, make the most of the sunny day today. You know what the English weather’s like, this could be it; the summer of 2014 could be today!

Stay safe and stay sober