“Play The Tape Forward”

by Dick on July 20, 2015 · 3 comments

in Addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alcoholism, Recovery

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Use This Popular Recovery Slogan Next Time You Think About Drinking

“Play the tape forward” is a popular recovery saying. It means that when you are romanticizing the drink or remembering the “good old days” when drinking was fun, go ahead and play the tape forward and think about what has happened the last few times you drank or used or how your life got completely messed up by your drinking. My guess is you probably didn’t have that much fun at the end.

I know how easy it is to slip into that daydream-like thought pattern where I envision a pristine Caribbean beach and sand and those two frosty Coronas sitting on a bamboo table topped with limes. Jesus, it’s making my mouth water just writing this!

People in recovery say that alcoholics have a “built-in forgetter.” Meaning that we are quick to forget the bad times, but always recall the good times. Some people say that’s your disease or addiction talking to you. It wants you to drink, to feed the monster.

For me, there’s a ton on the line if I were to pick up a drink. Literally my life, my marriage, career, relationship with my kids, everything.

Would you be willing to give up everything in your life for just one drink? Think about that question the next time you are at a crossroads.

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  • Patricia

    You are very inspiring. I am a recovering alcoholic and I would love to talk.

  • Rocky

    Play tape forward is a great quote, thanks for sharing!

  • Solid Gold Lamé

    Hi Counsellor, just wanted to say how pleased I am to have stumbled across your blog. Thanks for putting yourself out there for the rest of our sakes!

    This post reminds me of what my old sponsor termed “euphoric recall”. Romanticising the drink which resembled nothing of the last gasps of hell drinking I experienced towards the end of my active alcoholism.

    I’m 19 months sober and am already developing resentments toward “the program” and the anti-intellectualism, close-mindedness (“keep an open mind”, they say…), endless clichés. I think I shall stay until I take a 5-year medallion just so I can say, been there, done that, AA folks. But I’m already looking into Smart, and even HAMS (Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support), for the future… The culture in AA is oppressive at times already for me.

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