Addiction is not a character flaw. It is a disease. You would not try to recover from double pneumonia on your own. You can’t white-knuckle your way to health if your diagnosis is heart disease or diabetes. So you don’t need to do that when you stop drinking either. Plus, you’ll increase your chances of ongoing success if you find a rehab program that can usher you from dependence to independence with evidence-based treatment, support, and long-term planning.
Alcohol consumption and alcohol relapses have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. More people are turning to alcohol to cope with uncertainty, stress, and grief. Even prior to the pandemic, excessive alcohol use and addiction were responsible for about 95,000 deaths per year.
At Serenity Light Recovery, we understand the complexities of alcohol addiction. We know it is a disease, and we have a professional staff and alcohol addiction rehab facility to help people safely begin a lifetime of sobriety. If you are looking for answers to your questions about how to stop drinking, please call us at 855.658.6109 or use our online form to reach out.
How Do I Quit Drinking?
Drinking can be a habit, a dependence, or an addiction. You can want to stop drinking no matter where you are on the continuum. An alcohol-free life of wellness is a worthy goal. What can help with this goal?
Share the Journey
If you have decided to stop drinking, tell the people you trust and who love you. By doing so, you gain their support and encouragement while also inspiring them to be there for you if things get tough. Be honest with them about what kind of support would be helpful. Do you want them to hold you accountable, or are you just looking for reassurance and understanding? If they know what will be helpful to you, they won’t accidentally misstep and unwittingly cause anxiety. Take someone with you if you have to go to an event where alcohol will be served. It’s easier to say “no thanks” if you have someone there to do it with you.
Don’t Worry About Judgment from Others
First of all, most people actually don’t notice, remember, or care what you’re wearing, eating, or driving—or whether or not you are drinking alcohol. They’ll remember what you say, how you make them feel, and other much more important things about you. If you do or do not drink alcohol, you don’t need to explain yourself, but if you want to have something to say, plan that in advance, so you feel comfortable—just in case someone asks. The simpler, the better. No justifications are needed. “I’m not drinking” or “I don’t drink” will suffice.
Find a Supportive, Sober Community
In addition to trusted friends who have your back, it is important to forge new connections with others committed to sobriety. One way to do that is to join support groups, including a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous.
Avoiding Triggers for Relapse
Those in recovery know well that certain places, activities, and people seem to shout: “Time for a drink.” Avoid them. That can be hard when it is a person you care about, but for the time being, while you feel vulnerable to relapse, it’s important. If they care about you, they will understand. Get rid of your alcohol, find a replacement beverage you love, try to be busy doing something absorbing at the times of day that typically trigger a craving, go to a different neighborhood to shop (not the one where the liquor store is), and avoid eating at restaurants that serve alcohol. These changes may not be forever but will help you for now as you try to quit drinking.
Life can be stressful—work, family, finances, and all the other aspects of life that can throw a curveball your way. Alcohol may have been how you self-medicated to deal with stress or anxiety—which means they will be triggers for you as well. And, of course, stopping drinking is stressful too. Prioritize your own well-being. Exercise, rest, good nutrition, staying hydrated, and doing the things that give you joy or respite are all part of your self-care. You might also consider meditation, yoga, or other mindfulness practices that bring serenity and quiet to your mind.
Alcohol Addiction Rehab at Serenity Light Recovery
All of the tips above can help you on your journey. First and foremost, if you are struggling with alcohol addiction, seek help at an accredited rehab facility like Serenity Light Recovery.
Reach out today to Serenity Light Recovery to learn more about our alcohol addiction treatment center. When you are ready to start this momentous journey of recovery, we can help. Call 855.658.6109 today or use our simple online form to contact us.