At first, a couple of beers or glasses of wine didn’t seem like such a big, but you feel like it’s controlling your life. You don’t remember that last time you were fully sober and you’ve felt more distant from the ones you love. All the while, you’ve been trying to drown out your pain and sadness and while you know now that it won’t work, you’re too far in to stop now. Fortunately, there is a way out of this. It won’t be easy, but it will be more than worth it.

Evaluate Your Situation:

Make a detailed list of every positive and negative about your drinking problem. Think about how it affects your social life, your relationships, your feelings and anything else that’s important to you. Once you’ve done that make a list of the positives and negatives that come with stopping.

Will not drinking fix some, if not all of your previous negatives? Once you have these lists written out, you can now set a goal for yourself because you have a list of reasons to quit. Motivation is key to accomplishing anything.

The Plan:

With your motivation in mind, begin a written plan that you can use as a pathway to beating your addiction. You probably won’t be able to quit cold turkey, but take steps towards the end goal.

Pick a day and a time to start and then begin cutting down the number of drinks you have each day. After a couple of months, try cutting down again and see how you do. If you continue to see results, continue the process until you’re completely free from your addiction.

Will you fall short at times? Absolutely, it’s not going to as simple as I’m making it sound. Just keep yourself on one goal until you can reach it consistently, then move on. It’s ok to take steps backwards as well, so long as you’re never giving up.

Avoid Temptation:

The best way to keep your goals is to stay away things that make you wanna drink. Stay out of bars and away from alcohol in general. Even if you have to make new friends, it’s worth it in the long run because ultimately, the friends you had were only serving as a bad influence. If you do this, your journey will be infinitely easier.

Peer Groups:

What’s especially important to understand is that like you, there are others out there who are struggling with addictions and no one wants to handle it alone. Seek support from family, friends and maybe even join a support group, where other people like can tell their stories and support eachother. You need a healthy and encouraging atmosphere that will encourage you to keep going, despite the challenges you’re facing. Ultimately, this is your life. Decide what you want for yourself and go after it, because you’re the only one who can change you. For more information, click here:

https://www.amethystrecovery.org/alcohol/how-long-does-alcohol-stay-in-your-system-urine-blood-breath/

 

Published by Lavismichel Inkel