'Zakly, Dallas & GV.
The phenomenon of craving, as I understand what I've been told by the good doctor and current knowledge of addiction.
The physical brain is addicted. It needs the stuff. The mind is dependent. It thinks it needs the stuff. Whether the mind taught the brain to need it or the brain convinced the mind to need it, BY NOW ... it doesn't matter. They work together.
It's the mind that AA can do something about. Minds can be retaught. Dependence breeds habit. So, many of my triggers are habitual and note necessarily emotional coersion.
Being successful one quiting smoking, I learned something about habit and addiction. Same thing to a trivial degree.
Nuthin I could do about the physical addiction to smoke. Had to break the mental habit with enough willpower to overcome the addictive craving. (We've all tried that with alcohol. Any luck?)
I noticed that smoking is not just a habit. It's a whole slew of habits. Instead of mustering all my will into quitting smoking. I broke it up into easier chunks. I quit smoking while drinking coffee. After eating. Working at my computer. Driving. Standing still. Walking. Sitting in the bathroom. I just avoided sex altogether to avoid the after.
One habit at a time. Teaching myself that I could do that things without a smoke.
Alcoholic triggers come in all shapes and sizes for any reason. Not so easy, but that's what the AA stepwork is for. Retraining what we do in any given situation when we would have had a drink. Breaking one habit at a time.
But here's the real deal: My alcoholic mind is trying to kill me. Happens alcohol is it's weapon of choice.
If I stop doing what I'm supposed to do - the 5 daily things - I'm a goner. My mind will kill me.
As long as I'm doing what I'm told to do, I don't have triggers today.
If I stop, I'll be triggered to death.
I must keep my mind pre-occupied and distracted by the constant seeking HP and constant AA do-it-or-elses.