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Late Night Cram Sessions Are A Weak Spot
By fatherofone
4/27/2012 1:16:12 AM
I'm just writing a short post because I'm up late doing an assignment and I can really feel the temptation to give into my addiction. I just need the stress reliever. I'm nearly 3 weeks without MB, and I don't want to give in. I just feel a lot of times like I can't deal with stress in a better way. Any tips for stress relief, especially when you have no choice but to cram late into the night near a deadline?

In answer to my own question, I'm needing to pray more often. Heavenly Father help me to feel at peace, and to be productive so I can get to bed instead of awake and fighting off the temptations of the adversary.

Comments:

oh my gosh    
"we are doing the same thing! I've had all week to do some assignments for college but I am the worst procrastinator in the worl. I finished one class but I'm almost done with the other and I'm dying. But it has to be done!

as far as the MB part, I get what you mean. Sometimes you're doing a lot and just want to take a break. That seems like such an easy distraction because you can't get away from yoursef. I'm not at that point of giving real advice but since I understand the stress part, go and do a short hobby you enjoy. I like to draw, it helps me get my mind off of things.

if that doesn't help at least you know someone else is struggling with you"
posted at 02:54:22 on April 27, 2012 by moronidenovo
Late nights are killers    
"“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” I think it was Vince Lombardi that said that. I don’t think there is an addict out there that doesn’t get more susceptible to temptation when they are tired late at night. I know you can’t avoid the late night crams altogether when going to school, but I think the best is to do whatever you can to avoid it. I have had to switch from a night owl to a morning person for the sake of my recovery. It wasn’t easy, but has been very beneficial. H.A.L.T. (Hungry Angry Lonely Tired) is an old AA acronym of the main things to avoid.

When I just can’t avoid a late night or any situation that is dangerous (like a business trip) I try to develop a plan of action ahead of time. It has worked well for me. I have had a few thoughts, if they don’t work for you just toss them, but hopefully they will help you come up with your plan. You might even pray for guidance in developing your plan. He knows you intimately! You might start your cram session with prayer, have spiritual music constantly playing in the background, get up and take a walk periodically to refresh your mind, have your wife stay up with you, so you aren’t alone, stay away from the computer if possible, filter the internet in the extreme if you haven’t already, even get the internet access turned off for the night if you don’t need it, if your wife can’t stay up and you need the computer try to position her or the computer screen so that if she even opens her eyes she can see what is displayed. It may sound like a lot of effort, but everyone I know that has been successful in recovery eventually accepts the fact that they can’t do what normal people do. An alcoholic can never be a social drinker. I work on computer systems as a profession, but I have stored away all the extra computers I had at home because they were too dangerous. My wife is the one with the filter password even though I am the one that makes modifications as needed. I have quit running Linux on any of my computers even though it is my OS of choice. At one point I gave the modem to my wife to hide even though “officially” we didn’t have internet access. At another point I removed the wireless card from my laptop and gave it to her so that I could only get access sitting at our highly visible computer desk. I am also big into fitness, but I don’t go to either of the gyms that I have access to. At times I have gone to very great lengths to act out. I should be willing to go to even greater lengths to stay sober.

I hope some of that was worth reading."
posted at 20:57:39 on April 28, 2012 by justjohn


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