Here’s How To-Have a Good Year
(1) Cultivate continued acceptance of the fact that your choice is between unhappy’ drunken drinking and doing without just one small drink.
(2) Cultivate gratitude you have had the good fortune of finding out what was wrong with you before it was too late.
(3) Expect as being natural and inevitable that for a period of time, (and it may be a long one) you may recurringly experience
(a) The conscious nagging craving for a drink
(b) The sudden, all but compelling impulse just to take a drink
(c) The craving, not for a drink as such, but for the soothing glow and warmth a drink or two once gave you.
(4) Remember that the times when you don’t want a drink are the times in which
to build up the strength not to take one when you do want it
(5) Develop and rehearse a daily plan of thinking and acting by which you will live that day without taking a drink regardless of what may upset you or how hard the old urge for a drink may hit you.
(6) Don’t for a split second allow yourself to think. “Isn’t it a pity or a mean injustice that I can’t take a drink like so-called normal people
(7) Don’t allow yourself to either think or talk about any real or imagined pleasure you once did get from drinking.
(8) Don’t permit yourself to think a drink or two would make some bad situation better, or at least easier to live with. Substitute the thought. “One drink will make it worse – one drink will mean a drunk”
(9) Minimize your situation
Think` as you see here or there a blind or other sorely handicapped person, how joyful such a person would be if his problem could be solved by just not taking one little drink today. Think gratefully of how lucky you are to have so simple and small a problem.