Matt: Toxic image helped me resist temptation

After experiencing a psychotic episode on Christmas Eve, I was extremely tempted to consume alcohol as a coping strategy. However, I remembered the advice of ADS to use more positive alternative coping strategies. So I phoned the crisis team to off load my problems and gain  a fresh prospective which aided me in maintaining abstinence.

Throughout the Christmas period, due to the fact that everybody else around me was consuming alcohol at social gatherings,  I was almost unbearably tempted to drink. 

One useful tool that ADS equipped me is the use of a toxic image.  This requires you to visualise the negative consequences that have occurred in the past after drinking. I used this and the urge faded.

I also confided in family and friends as an alternative coping strategy which was also effective.


Published 10th January 2012

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