Hi everyone! I am a 29 year old who is almost 24 hours sober from alcohol. I typically drink 4-6 cans of 8% seltzer’s a day. I knew I would have cravings but I’m really struggling. What tips help curb cravings? So far I’ve tried la croix and drinking things out of a wine glass. Which for some reason helps? But does anyone else have any unique tricks I could try to help?? I feel helpless and don’t want to give up….8:00pm tonight I’ll be 24 hours sober. But I don’t have to work tomorrow and the ability to hop into my car and go buy some drinks and binge all night is overwhelming….I love to drink at home while I cook, clean, just about everything. So being home is difficult for me right now.
For me, scrolling through this app and seeing all the positivity and support is helpful when I’m feeling most vulnerable. Also finding ways to prevent boredom. There was a post here yesterday about H.A.L.T. That was very helpful to me.
Being able to recognize and say out loud what’s going on in my mind helps me know that I can control my thoughts. Best of luck, you got this!
I kept myself busy. In the beginning it meant being on here, reading and participating. I set out and started doing all the things I wanted to do, but never could…because I was drunk or broke from drinking. Eventually, I started going to AA
Sugar is a large part of what your body is craving. I recommend sweets and carbonated water. Drink lots of water. Welcome to the community
Thank you so much. I can’t believe how much just scrolling and interacting with others on here has helped just today alone. My partner is actually at Walmart now buying sparkling water to see if that helps. Every person who reaches out helps.
I didn’t love drinking anymore, I don’t know if I actually did ‘love’ drinking.
I didn’t love myself at all so I drank as much intoxicating substances as I could, at home, on my days off, which led to me looking like shit… feeling like shit and being shit to others around me, well done on 24 hours, I paced around and did online meetings one after the other after the other after the other so I didn’t have to think about or give in to what my body unfortunately was addicted to… i can still clean sober, and still cook sober, and do a whole lot more sober in one day than i did in 2 or 3 weeks drunk.
Good luck. Keep coming back, get on a meeting,. Be honest about your drinking.
I relate to that 100%. My first drink of the day I legit gagged on everytime. It wasn’t drinking I loved at all I suppose. It was the feeling. I am constantly just not wanting to feel the pain I feel inside so I try to numb it(which we all know is the opposite of what actually happens). This community in just one day has been incredible for me.
Drinking so hard stop u always get craving for a beer or a shot etc
Happy this community is helping
There’s so much good stuff here. This is one of my fave threads. I learned a lot about my recovery from the links here that related to my addiction (scroll through, you’ll see there’s a bunch of stuff):
And this is a fun place to check in and catch up! I visit here whenever I can, and when I’m having a tough time - sometimes the addict thoughts float around - I’ll come here and check in and it keeps me grounded:
Checking in daily to maintain focus #38
Welcome to Talking Sober!
I got a bottle of bubbly welches grape juice! Served it like wine with our pasta last night. Felt pretty fancy and it hit the spot.
I got it because I knew I was making pasta and for some reason that triggers me to want wine. But it did the trick. Plus it was fun cheersing my 3 year old!
Porn and donuts oh that’s for heroin idk…
This place and interacting with others here has been a gigantic factor into my sobriety. I’ve been here every day for the past 828 days and managed to stay sober. I doubt i make it without this place.
I’ve been drinking lots of sparkling water. I’ll listen to music and try to keep busy,(chores, or other things I wouldn’t do before because I was too busy drinking). Also, reading and being active on here has helped.
I have so many bad jokes lined up for this comment
Sugar has been key for me. Drink urge? Candy bar. Drink urge? Gummy worms. Drink urge? Soda. Drink urge? Walk with a cigar. It’s helped and while it isn’t necessary “healthy”, a 210 calorie soda or candy bar is way better than 1000 calories in beer. And I don’t think I can remember a time a candy bar got me pulled over by a cop or in a fight with someone I cared about.
I’ve been eating gummy worms too, funny.
Diversion maybe gym or meetings might help the cravens do leave you try vitamin B and maybe change to herbal teas or soda water less sugar wish you well
I remember the pacing the floor, antsy feeling of wanting/ thinking I was needing something. Urghhh that is addiction! It’s horrible, trust in the process, that feeling gets less and less the stronger you get the more you say no.
See each craving as an opportunity to say no and an opportunity to get stronger.
I personally replaced drinking with sleep, especially in the early days, some folks on here have a lot of caution about sleeping pills but I personally bought an over the counter pack of sleeping pills and used that to get a few early nights in and my god, it felt so good to get proper, real sleep. I put a lot of my pent up addiction energy into things like changing the bed, making the bed and making the bedroom a place of calm, keeping it tidy… I don’t believe in Feng Shui but there is definitely something to be said for having things in their place, creating a beautiful environment, appreciating the things you own and then getting proper rest.
Exhaustion helps. Try working out. Hard to crave when all you want to do is rest.