For all those that are trying to get and stay sober sometimes having the urge to drink while trying to stay sober is a tough thing to handle. Getting sober could be short term for many, but staying sober is the key to long term sobriety.
Is there a secret to staying sober? I don't think there is any kind of secret, it's if you want to stay sober and have the strength to turn down the urge and the cravings to consume alcohol. I write and speak from my heart and from the experiences of drinking alcohol and just how I found sobriety on my own with no 12 step programs, no AA or any kind of meetings, only the willingness and the help of God to get me sober and to remain sober. Staying sober is the hard part, but only has hard as you want to make it. "I am by no means downing the 12 Step or AA programs because they do work very well, although I was fortunate enough that I could get sober without them. This is not true for many people addicted. They will need Professional help and the proper care and counselling to detox in a safe and healthy way and to be guided in the right direction in life and towards getting clean and sober."
I would imagine if you want something bad enough and you are willing to do anything in order to achieve your goal or dream, it will happen, not only with getting clean and sober, but anything in life. I have learned this while I started on my road to recovery, and believe me, if you want sobriety in your life you will do anything it takes. You have to change our outlook on life and start thinking positive and continue to tell yourself that you can and will get sober no matter what it takes.
Many alcoholics, including myself has had many urges to drink maybe a few times a day, but you need to stop that urge in it's tracks and say that most important word "NO" I can't break and take that sip of alcohol. I will not let my inner demons control my life anymore. These demons that bring that urge to drink will be with you throughout the rest of your life. They will hang inside of you just waiting for the moment to strike, but you must be stronger than them. They will appear at the least expected moment.
If and when you get that urge or strong desire to drink alcohol, stop what you are doing right away and think of what you will have done to yourself if you take that drink or one sip. Think of all the hard work you have
done over the last months or years and to ruin all you hard work for a sip of alcohol would be devastating.
You will be so mad at yourself and so disappointed that you gave in to those demons, plus then you will have to start back at day number one of trying to get and stay sober again. You Must not let anything that happen in your quest to stay sober, and if by chance you do satisfy that urge you will never forgive yourself.
I know for a fact that I would be devastated that I wasn't strong enough to say "NO" to my addiction and demons that think they have you right where they want you. Stay Strong. Stay Positive and believe and love yourself enough to stay sober and enjoy this great life of Sobriety!