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Lessons we've learned from abstaining for 30 or more days

Abstaining for 30 days is not a magic bullet, but it's been a great tool for many of us.

Some of us have spent months building up to doing a 30, honing effective moderating skills along the way. Some have done one soon after discovering MM.

When the time comes, it often serves as a gateway to fresh understanding, heightened motivation, and newly integrated skills.

Here are a few first-person accounts of lessons learned, insights gained, and plans for the future.


Defusing A Trigger   Benefits I've sought from drinking Deconstructing a trigger Analyzing my options Making my decision
What Am I Saying "No" To? Goals Saying "yes" often means saying "no", too
Activities, Rules, Imperfections and Goals Alternate activities, new rules Imperfect, but not stuck Specific plans, positive goals
One Beer! The challenge Agreed to try praying Changed routines during the 30+ Rebelling with NA beer One beer!
Personal Inventory After A 30 Attitudes toward drinking Coping with your urges Reactions of others Moderation planning Self-awareness Positive lifestyle changes Self-image
I Choose Clarity And Awareness! In-depth plan Additions to the plan Altering and tweaking Living through the triggers Trading triggers for tidbits of info Choosing clarity
After My Second 30 Same old stuff not enough Fresh awareness Consciously pondering the alternatives Excited, not complacent
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Revised 07.26.2003