Dreams have always been somewhat of a mystery but they can be even more of a mystery when they are the dreams of a former addict. People spend time analyzing their dreams because there are some dreams that actually feel “real”. Alcoholics have what is known as “drunk dreams” and these can be terrifying.
An alcoholic in recovery will sometimes dream that they went out drinking again. This is not uncommon and it does not inevitably mean that they are about to relapse. It is just a dream. The hard part is deciphering between what is real and what is not. The person in recovery does not realize often that they never crossed the line, it was just a dream.
Drunk Dreams Can Be All To Real
The real problem is that this ignites the brain and the senses that can almost taste and smell the drink. This is what brings on the fear. The Big Book, used in AA calls alcohol cunning, baffling, and powerful and the disease of alcoholism affects a person’s thinking; it is not just about physically ingesting alcohol.
It is important that people know about these dreams, especially those who are new to recovery. People who are not prepared may become so frightened that they walk away from the program or solution that was helping them stop the insanity of drinking alcohol.
If one of these dreams happens to surface it is important to remember that it is just a dream. Take a few minutes to regain control, take a few deep breaths, and remember you are in control. The important fact is to do the actual footwork while awake that will keep you focused and away from drinking.
Remember They're Just Dreams, Keep Strong and Focused on Your Recovery
Never allow a drunk dream to hinder your progress. Keep on with your pursuit of sobriety, peace, and serenity.