Thinking of Quitting Drinking Alcohol On Your Own?
You Should Probably Read This
So, the decision to stop drinking alcohol has come.
You have kicked around with a few ideas on how to remove alcohol from your life, and now come to the conclusion that you are going to quit alcohol on your own. No seeing doctors, nurses or alcohol coach specialist types. You are going to battle through, white knuckle the ride and simply stop drinking alcohol.
This is a decision that many people take when they want to stop drinking. This is a common approach 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.
But…is it a good one?
The road to sobriety is no doubt a challenging one. It is a road that gives soooo many rewards, but let’s not pretend that it is all smooth sailing. The choices out there for support are massive nowadays…but if you are adamant that you wish to ride the storm alone, then so be it.
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/rehab, joining Alcoholics Anonymous or another type of support community, or 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 to quit drinking alcohol on your own?
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.
What you are about to do is not a walk in the park, contradictary to what many people might profess online. Even if the physical side is fine for you, and the actual mental resilience that comes with quitting alcohol is strong, life changes when we remove alcohol from it. It just dones.
As I have said countless times, alcohol is ingrained in our society. Celebrations, comiserations and all that in-between. Making the decision to become alcohol-free is a fantastic one, but one not without it’s own challenges.
To give yourself the best chance of smasing sobriety, get your stall set.
The Million Dollar Question – How do I stop drinking?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as everyone’s experience with addiction to alcohol is unique. However, if you are ready to stop drinking and want to quit altogether, there are some general tips that may help.
First, it is important to understand that you are not alone – many people struggle with a drinking problem. Second, acknowledging that you have a drinking habit or problem is an important step in taking control of your life and quitting.
Finally, Seek professional help if you feel like you can’t stop drinking on your own – there are many resources available to people with alcohol addiction.
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.
Consult a medical professional
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).
Withdrawing from alcohol safely
If you’re trying to cut down or quit drinking alcohol on your own, it’s important to know how to do it safely. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be dangerous, and it’s important to detox under medical supervision if you’re dependent on alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms can include shaking, sweating, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, and changes in mood and appetite. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek professional help.
If you’re looking to change your relationship with alcohol, here are a few tips to get started. First, try to be honest with yourself about your drinking habits. If you’re drinking more than you’d like or if you’re noticing that your drinking is impacting your life in negative ways, it’s time to make a change. Second, set some goals for yourself.
Whether you want to cut back on your drinking or quit altogether, setting realistic goals will help you stay on track. Finally, reach out for support from family and friends, or seek professional help if you need it.
Making changes to your relationship with alcohol can be difficult, but it’s worth it if it means improving your overall health and well-being.
Alcohol addiction treatment options
There are many different treatment options available for alcohol addiction. Some people may opt for a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous, while others may choose to go to therapy or enter a rehabilitation center. The most important thing is to find a treatment option that works for you and that you are comfortable with.
General Tips for Quitting Drinking
Here are a few general tips to help you quit drinking:
1. Set a goal and make a plan.
Decide how much you want to drink, when you will drink, and where you will drink. Write down your goals and stick to them.
2. Avoid temptation.
Get rid of all the alcohol in your house and avoid places where you are likely to be tempted to drink.
3. Find a support system.
Talk to your friends and family about your decision to quit drinking and ask for their support. There are also many online support groups available.
4. Be prepared for slips.
It is normal to slip up when trying to quit anything, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a lapse in willpower. Just get back on track and continue working towards your goal.