Alcohol self help
What can you do to stop drinking?
If you are a person who happened to come across this article and are wondering about how to quit for yourself, I’ll share some tips with you.
1. You are not alone.
Some good news, if you feel you have a problem, you probably do and you are amongst 10%+ of the population that has an addiction problem. Addiction is a mental problem that leads to physical manifestations and if treated, including treatment by self, it can be brought into remission. You are not alone and if YOU want to stop, help yourself by getting some education and help from someone knowledgeable. Truly good news. What happens to body after stop drinking alcohol?
2. You’ve got to want to stop drinking alcohol FOR YOURSELF.
There is no one way to stop drinking alcohol, understand that. I do in fact know people of extremely strong character and unwavering stubbornness that have stopped entirely on their own and have truly used only self help. On the other extreme, I know of far more who have gone through the motions of several detoxes, rehab centers and 12 step groups and are still using today. They get help externally, but by continuing to use and do things their way, they fail to help themselves.
I would strongly suggest that no one stops unless they do it 100% for self. Others may put pressure on and give good reason to stop, but no one succeeds who does not want a clean life for themselves.
3. You can stop drinking.
The first thing naturally is to put a plug in the jug (cork in the bottle, a flush down the toilet) and stop for today. When your head is clear enough and you’ve gone through the necessary alcohol withdrawal duration (up to 7 days), do a little research about addiction. There is tons of information available. This, my friend, is self-help. It may well lead to getting help and solving your problem.
Do you want more from life?
But once you stop and clean your head from the booze for a while, you will face a deeper question: Do you want to just stop drinking or do you want a better life?
Stack the odds in favor of success.
If getting a life means you live sober and enjoy a vast majority of your waking hours with serenity then give your self some self help. Make a decision to stop drinking just for you, then stop and learn more about alcohol problems. You can then get the help you need to help you help yourself.
If you are so capable, why are you in the situation your in today? Is that sane behavior?
P.S. There are many who wonder about what can be done to stop others from drinking. Unfortunately, I usually get this question from a person who has a problem drinker (druggie) in their lives. In these cases, I suggest that you check out Al-Anon, AlaTeen or talk with a counselor about issues of co-dependence.
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