Allowing yourself to become overly tired or in poor health.
Some Alcoholics are also prone to work addictions - perhaps in a
hurry to make up for lost time. Good health and enough rest are
important. If you feel well you are more apt to think well. Feel
poorly and your thinking is apt to deteriorate. Feel bad
enough and you might begin thinking a drink couldn't make it any
This begins with a pattern of unnecessary little lies and deceits
with fellow workers, friends, and family. Then come important lies
to yourself. This is called "rationalizing" -
making excuses for not doing what you don't want to do, or for
doing what you know you should not do.
Things are not happening fast enough. Or, others are not doing
what they should or what you want them to do.
Arguing small and ridiculous points of view indicates a need to
always be right. "Why don't you be reasonable and agree with
me?" Looking for an excuse to drink?
Unreasonable and unaccountable despair may occur in cycles and
should be dealt with - talked about.
At people and also because things may not be going your way.
Remember -- everything is not going to be just the way you want it
"Why do these things happen to me?" "Why must I be
an alcoholic?" Nobody appreciates all I am doing - for
Got it made - no longer fear alcoholism - going into
drinking situations to prove to others you have no problem. Do
this often enough and it will wear down your defenses.
"Drinking was the furthest thing from my mind."
Not drinking was no longer a conscious thought, either. It
is dangerous to let up on disciplines just because everything is
going well. Always to have a little fear is a good thing. More
relapses occur when things are going well than otherwise.
FROM OTHERS -
"I've changed; why hasn't everyone else?" It's a plus if
they do, but it is still your problem if they do not. They may not
trust you yet, may still be looking for further proof. You cannot
expect others to change their style of life just because you have.
UP ON DISCIPLINES -
Prayer, meditation, daily inventory, AA attendance. This can
stem either from complacency or boredom. You cannot afford to be
bored with your program. The cost of relapse is always too
12. USE OF
MOOD-ALTERING CHEMICALS -
You may feel the need to ease things with a pill, and your doctor
may go along with you. You may never have had a problem with
chemicals other than alcohol, but you can easily lose sobriety
starting this way - about the most subtle way of having a relapse.
Remember you will be cheating! The reverse of this is true
for drug-dependent persons who start to drink.
TOO MUCH -
Do not set goals you cannot reach with normal effort. Do not
expect too much. It's always great when good things you were
not expecting happen. You will get what you are entitled to
as long as you do your best, but maybe not as soon as you think
you should. "Happiness is not having what you want, but
wanting what you
FORGETTING GRATITUDE -
You may be looking negatively on your life, concentrating on
problems that still are not totally corrected. Nobody wants to be
a Pollyanna - but it is good to remember where you started from,
and how much better life is now.
CAN'T HAPPEN TO ME" -
This is dangerous thinking. Almost anything can happen to you if
you get careless. Remember you have a progressive disease, and you
will be in worse shape if you relapse.
This is a feeling that results from a combination of many of the
above. You now have all the answers for yourself and others.
No one can tell you anything. You ignore suggestions or advice
from others. Relapse is probably imminent unless drastic
change takes place.