What were some of the methods, plans or tricks you tried, to not drink, other than the ones listed in the book on pg. 31?
I've heard some doozies at meetings! My story is pretty boring ( I think if I hadn't died of alcoholism, I would have died of boredom! ) but here's a few I remember.
Cutting, restyling or coloring my hair, because I was going to be "a new me".
Putting my liquor in the trunk of my car or behind a bush in the backyard so I'd have to go out & get it. (walking out barefoot in a snowstorm? No problem!)
Joining a prayer group.
Putting pictures of my grandkids or myself in happier times, on my fridge or closet door, to remind me why I wanted to be sober
Taking night classes, because I mostly drank at night.
Giving my keys to my neighbor, so I couldn't drive. Never mind that there are 2 liquor stores a block from my house!
But I think the dumbest thing I did, repeatedly, was buy jewelry. The idea was that each time I wore this special ring or bracelet, it was going to have the power to keep me from that first drink!
Insanity! Needless to say, I have lots of jewelry!
When I was about 30 days sober, my son & I were at an outdoor festival where there were booths with vendors selling crafts. I was looking at the jewelry & he noticed a ring that was fashioned into the numbers 2003. He said I should get it cuz it's the year I got sober. But I was leery! He said he'd buy it for me. I wear it today with a heart full of gratitude!
What did you try?