EP 300: Reader Question – Why am I triggered to drink when I’m feeling good?

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“Dear Annie: Today I was feeling pretty good about myself and what I was accomplishing and suddenly I had a craving. Normally I crave when I’m trying to avoid or numb a negative emotion, so I was confused. Acknowledging how good I was feeling, and my own goodness and beauty, makes me uncomfortable and I wanted to numb out those good feelings. When I realized it’s easier to believe the negative things about myself than it is to believe the positive things about myself, I got really sad.” In today’s episode, Annie Grace shares her thoughts about how to deal with these cravings and explains why she always says, “Celebrate the awareness, no matter how painful it is.”

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Triggered To Drink When I Feel Good

There’s two parts to this question that I want to handle –

1) Why am I triggered to drink when I feel good? How does that even make sense?

This is actually a really positive thing. For one thing you’re feeling really good and that’s a good thing. Don’t let the fact that you have a craving for a drink diminish that you’re feeling good. Celebrate it still, recognize it, feel good about it, feel hopeful about it, feel like this is one of hundreds, thousands, millions of times that I get to feel really good and even better in my life. That’s a really good thing so don’t let that craving take the meaning of a good moment and make it well it’s all for naught because I craved a drink.

Compassion is Key

Give yourself a lot of forgiveness and compassion in this moment. You’ve had ups and downs and so you’ve had really positive feelings and you’ve had really negative feelings and you’ve wanted alcohol in both. You might not remember it because we’re actually more likely to remember negative things rather than positive but it’s actually normal that we want to drink when we’re feeling good. We are use to “celebrating” good feelings with a drink as well.

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