How To Quit Drinking Alcohol On Your Own
“I want to quit drinking on my own.”Many a person before…
This is a common wish that is voiced by many when they are thinking of kicking the booze.
The choice to quit drinking ‘on your own’ – referring to the other option – getting help – is a decision that many people take, for whatever reason they have.
Wanting to quit drinking on your own may be down to reasons such as privacy, anxiety discussing your drinking habits with others or a number of other reasons. Whatever the reasons, they are your own.
When coming to the decision to stop drinking, and also to go it alone (so to speak), we first need to look at just how ‘alone’ you want to go. If that makes sense? Let me clarify.
When going down the route of quitting drinking, there are quite a few options out there. You might consider going to a rehabilitation centre/rebah, join Alcoholics Anonymous or another type of support community, hospital admission – to name a few. Or these options might just not ‘be for you’. You might want to quit drinking alcohol on your own. This is a very common choice as you don’t have to rely on others, giving you full control.
If you are a regular drinker and are considering stopping drinking totally- we strongly advise speaking to your GP/medic in the first instance. Even if you don’t want to get any help and want to quit drinking alcohol on your own , getting physically checked out first is solid advice. You want to lead the most healthy life you can, right? Don’t start the journey by putting your body at risk. Get checked out first.
Where do you start?
If you are going to do this alone – and I can totally relate to that mindset – then you need to give yourself the best chance to do this.
You are now decided that you want to quit the booze for good, but drinking often immerses our lives. It is embedded in our daily activities, our friends and family.
Start with a plan
Identify triggers and have tools to deal with these triggers.
Fill your time
Keep a diary
A mood diary is a tool that is used in many aspects of the mental healthcare field, and is a great self-help tool. Our mood often fluctuates, and it can be difficult to remember good feelings when consumed by bad feelings. Often the bad feelings are magnified and we can feel that little (if any) improvement has been made. Keeping a mood diary allows you to objectively look for signs of progress.
One important note would be to first consult your doctor/GP, especially if you have been drinking in excess for a long time (chronic alcohol abuse).