It is standard practice in my day job that if there is a worrying behaviour being demonstrated by a young person or they are involved in a difficult situation we would implement a safety plan to help them manage it and to ensure that we have assessed any risk to them posed by this.
For my drinking I have this ‘safety’ plan in my head but you could easily commit it to paper much like the changing behaviour contract detailed in this post. This is a plan of action for when the cravings strike. Obviously the best scenario is that you manage your triggers, as detailed here, so that it doesn’t reach a craving crescendo but sometimes it is just unavoidable.
My safety plan if a craving strikes is:
- Use the 15 minute rule which you can find here
- If that didn’t working, I’d talk to my husband (who is 6 days ahead of me)
- If that didn’t work I’d email my sober penpal Belle
- It that didn’t work I’d blog about it
- If that didn’t working go to bed, irrespective of how early it is, and see how it is tomorrow
- If that didn’t work I would then find an AA meeting. I haven’t yet reached this point and know from my fellow bloggers that this can be a saving lifeline and I would use it.
I found it important to try and contingency plan a worse case scenario because I did not want to drink under any circumstances and I knew that wolfie would strike if I wasn’t sure of what my ‘in case of emergency’ action plan was!