How to stay away from that first drink
If the act of just physically staying away from that first drink worked alcoholics would be able to stay sober easily. Unfortunately and not so unfortunately sobriety is not as easy as staying away from anything. There has to be more than will power or doing anything “just for today” as many new alcoholics hear, to find long-term sobriety.
If you want to know the truth in how to stay away from the first drink it is not in your ability to stay away from bars, wine aisles at the grocery store, people who drink or anything of the like-it is in your spiritual prowess, your spiritual fitness, and whether you like it or not, your relationship with a higher power.
In order to stay away from that first drink which does set the entire horrible alcoholic cycle in motion you must have some kind of defense and for those who are real alcoholics the defense cannot be human. There are multiple stories, experiences and lives that can show you and tell you time and time again how a human defense or human power has failed them. For instance, some people choose to use work, a career, their family, their own self-knowledge, their own will power, their friends, their relationship, shopping, money etc. in order to stay away from that first drink and what usually ends up happening if they are real alcoholics is they end up drinking again and are left to wonder why. The why is because their defense against the first drink was in something that would always fail them, something that wouldn’t last, something that could not take on every emotion, thought, obstacle, achievement in order to ensure that they remain sober. Human power is not enough to stay away from the first drink and this is why reliance upon a higher power is the only way the real alcoholic can begin to stay away from that first drink.
Finding a relationship with a higher power is much easier than it seems. It usually happens gradually through working a 12 step program or by having a complete and total change in perspective. Regardless of how it happens, it happens and this is when you can learn how to stay away from that first drink. Probably the coolest thing about not relying on a human power to stay away from that first drink is the fact that you don’t even really have to “stay away” from alcohol in any capacity in order to remain sober. If you are spiritually fit and have a relationship with a higher power you can walk into any liquor store, be inches away from alcohol and walk down the wine aisles at the grocery store and not even think twice about drinking and if you do think of drinking it is merely a passing thought, a whisper in the wind.
For those who are real alcoholics the thought of a spiritual solution in their how to stay away from that first drink can seem daunting but it is promised to work if they follow a few simple steps. Steps that change their entire perspective on the world and not only give them the ability to stay away from that first drink but also give them the ability to live a much fuller, healthier, and vivacious life full of attainable dreams, dreams come true, and helpfulness to others. Who would have thought it was as easy as that? Not me at first. But it is. Spiritual grounding, relationship with a higher power is how you will stay away from that first drink and it’s how you get your well-being and your soul back without having to fight tooth and nail against alcohol. You can finally be free from having to think about that first drink in anyway.