Before you pick up that drink, ask yourself this....
When I wake up tomorrow, how will I feel about the choices I make today? Will I regret my actions, or celebrate the long forgotten sacrifices of yesterday? Am I glad that I didn't drink last night, or am I wishing I had chosen to give up on the goals and plans I had made?
Will drinking today take away my problems, or will they still be here in the morning with the added regret I'll feel for for my choices right now? What will I have to show tomorrow for my actions right now?
Tina Von Sachs
Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired or Bored?
What am I looking for in that drink? Am I able to just 'let it go'? Can I surrender to the triggering thought and simply let it pass without trying to resist, change, or put more energy into it?
What am i looking to escape from or get relief from?
How will I feel tomorrow if I have that drink?
How will I feel
Tomorrow if I don’t?
Is having this drink in alignment with the person I want to be?
Who willI I be hurting besides myself if I have this drink?
What am I hoping alcohol will provide? Companionship? Boredom Buster? Stress Relief? How can I meet that need in a healthier way?
What will I accomplish by drinking? How have I grown by taking alcohol out of my life?? What are the gifts I’ve been given since I started my sobriety journey? Am i willing to throw away everything I've accomplished for a brief buzz?
What other options do I have to get relief from the stress that life is handing me? Am i really craving alcohol, or am I just wanting to check out and take a mental vacation for a bit? Have I considered all my options before choosing the one that is going to give me a lifetime of regret?
Have I played the tape out? What is going to happen after I take that drink? How does this decision usually end?
Why did I start this journey of sobriety in the first place? Have the reasons that I'm getting sober changed since that day that I first made the decision to stop? Have I forgotten that pain?
What advice would I give to a friend that came to me with a strong temptation to drink?
What am I looking for in that drink?
How do I want to feel when I wake up tomorrow?