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    How do you dismantle positive association?

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I think this has been the hardest part for me lately. The Campral helps with the physical cravings but the psychological aspects are still there strong as ever and need to be dealt with. What is working for me now is actually the DrinkTracker. I am amazed that I have logged so many AF days and I would hate to throw that away. Not to mention that I always feel terrible the morning after knowing that the count has to start again. It's a feeling of defeat that is far worse then and outweighs whatever enjoyment I may have had the night before. Also, it's not that I'm "enjoying" these times anyway. Passing out isn't fun - and that happens a lot more often for me than having a "good" time.

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    Hi, Everyone,
    JS81, since you are taking Campral, I am assuming (bad thing to do, I know) that you are planning on staying AF, and planning on NOT modding. In that case, I really like Lilbit's idea of having something that you love and ONLY drink while watching movies. For me, that would have to be pomegranate juice. It is pricey (Well, not compared to wine. Why am I cheap when it comes to good stuff, but could always afford the bad?) and delicious. And it look great in a wine glass.

    I did think about you and your question a lot yesterday. Since I am trying to mod, my own decision is turning out to NOT drink what used to sing to my cravings (chardonnay) but replace it with something I enjoy but don't seem to need to overdo with (red wine.) I actually do enjoy just two glasses of it, without wanting the third.

    Good luck! Let us know how the time goes when your wife is gone. That's always a bad time for me, too.

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    How do you dismantle positive association?

    I was at the fresh market today and got some new "exotic fruit" bubbly sodas that i have never heard of before but sound interesting. My grandson was visiting, he left behind several Disney movies and he got me started collecting old McDonald's "Flintstones mugs" . They were made in France in 1993 and come in 4 styles. They are clear glass with caveman themes and quite interesting and really pretty. I think I will look very......well shall we say, "Sophisticated" as I sit here watching Disney movies and sipping soda from my flintstone mugs. I have 3 out of the 4 so ..........anyone care to join me ???........LOL

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    JS - You might want to check out Quit Smoking sites for suggestions. I think smoking has been associated by many addicts as part of their normal routine (along with it's positive associations). My guess is that you'll just have to get through several movie nights AF to re-train your brain. Maybe you could watch earlier in the day with a bowl of breakfast cereal. Good luck

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    Hi JS
    I agree with the others who have recommended replacing your usual drinks with something else. As well as the AF drinks, could you try some type of snack? If popcorn is a bit too unsophisticated to go with the indie movies, maybe some pretzels or something else you don't have very often?

    Also, try not to worry about it too much in advance. You might find that once you're absorbed in the movie you don't really think about whatever is in the drink you're reaching for and the habit is really just tied in with having something at hand.

    Good luck!

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    Just wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions.

    My wife leaves Friday this week. She'll be gone the weekend, but Sunday is Father's Day so I'm already anticipating spending it with my parents. No temptations there. Friday and Saturday will be tough though. I think I'll find a "new" drink for my movie watching as some have suggested here. My wife bought some ice cream earlier last week and no one has touched it. Perhaps I'll make some kind of shake.

    I have given this a lot of thought, and I'm sure I will be okay. Today makes 31 AF days for me too. I would hate to ruin that.

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    Congratulations!

    Great work on the 31 days! Yahoo! You deserve a great big pat on the back. Check out the 4 day thread and the weekend thread, and have a wonderful father's day. We'll be sending you strong thoughts for while your wife is gone. Good luck!

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