Three Empowering Words “I Don’t Drink”
Accepting a life of being sober is often times challenging for those who have become addicted. The first couple months are the most difficult. By valuing your life and who you are NOW, you’re taking back your control. Here are a few tips on learning how to say “NO” without having to explain your entire life history that could save your life and keep you on the right track.
“I Don’t Drink” is one of the most empowering phrases that you can use to respond to someone who is offering you a drink. Say it with conviction, by looking them straight in the eye and feeling that you’re in power. After hearing yourself say this a few times and recognizing how people react, you’ll be taking control of your situation and not becoming a self-made victim. Self-made victims spend too much time worrying about what others think and not enough time on what they personally think. No one has the right to force you to drink. Nobody can tell you NOT to drink either.
Remember that this is your life and you have the ability to turn down anything you want. “What the mind can conceive it shall achieve”. Make this your mantra.
If you feel that people won’t respect your wishes by telling them that you don’t drink, then go to plan ‘B’. Plan B allows you to make up a response that can deter people from pressing the issue of you joining the party without having to force a cocktail down your throat.
“I’m done drinking for today”
“I’ve got to drive home”
“Just finished a drink”
“I don’t like the way it makes me feel”
“Drinking makes me get a stomach ache”
“I’m allergic to alcohol”
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Any of these responses should allow you to be polite while avoiding somebody from negotiating with you in joining them.
No matter what the situation may be, you will be faced at one time or another with being around alcohol again. While many people will avoid being anywhere there’s an alcohol present in the beginning of their journey, they must continue to build strength and be prepared for the day that they’re released back in the ‘wild’ again. The point is you’re not going to be held in captivity and it’s your choice to make about whether or not you’re going to break the cycle that will ruin your life.
Be strong, seek help if necessary. If you have a sponsor always remember to keep their phone number on speed dial. People will help you, if they recognize you’re trying to help yourself. Make it obvious that you have chosen a sober lifestyle. You never know who you may inspire by taking back your control.
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If you or someone you know, is suffering from addiction seek help. You know that you can do this.