There comes a moment for many people when they question if they are drinking too much, if there is too much damage going on, and if they should quit drinking or cut down dramatically. Sometimes this moment comes after a concerned family member confronts them. And sometimes it comes from the person himself or herself, just as a result of self-examination or perhaps after an injury or an accident, after losing a job or some other negative event.
It can be done. With support and a strong determination, some people can succeed at reducing, controlling or quitting drinking.
When the body becomes used to the presence of high levels of alcohol, even more is needed to create whatever effect they are after. Alcohol becomes a solution to some problem. Maybe they manage to forget their problems or they feel happy for awhile, instead of feeling down.
When a tolerance develops, this means that the body has made such an adjustment to the constant presence of alcohol that the person may go through a difficult withdrawal when they stop drinking. This sickness, depression, agitation, insomnia and other problems that accompany withdrawal can drive many people - who really do wish to quit - right back to the alcohol.
The staff at Narconon drug and alcohol treatment centers know that for some people, it is going to be impossible to stop drinking without help. Alcoholism includes, by definition, the inability to control one's drinking. The mental dependence and the physical cravings present overwhelming challenges when one has passed the point of alcohol abuse and arrived at alcoholism.
When you have decided to quit drinking so you can live clean and sober, you must not lose your determination to make it happen. If one's first few attempts to quit drinking without help don't work, then contact a Narconon rehab center to get help. With the Narconon alcohol recovery program, a person who who truly desires recovery can reach that goal.
If your alcohol use is not yet totally out of control, here are a few suggestions on how to to quit:
- Find alternatives to social situations that require you to drink. This may mean that you have to find new groups or friends, if your old group was composed of drinkers. There are plenty of sober activities you can find where you can enjoy your free time without alcohol. You might even find yourself followed by a couple of your drinking buddies who are tired of that lifestyle.
- If drinking helped you manage certain types of social situations that are uncomfortable, look for new, healthier ways to deal with them. For example, if you always drink at weddings, conventions or family reunions, find someone you trust to buddy with you at that event and agree to the goal that you will get through that event without drinking.
- Avoid the places, people or things that trigger your urge to drink. Change your life or your schedule or the people you see, whatever it takes to make this happen. If you drink at home, keep no liquor there.
- Have a plan for how you will handle a strong urge to drink. Have someone or more than one person who support you and will take your call whenever possible to let you talk through whatever just happened to trigger the urge. Try something that will distract you from the urge, like exercise or some activity you enjoy.
- Plan ahead of time how you will handle offers of drink. For example, if you ask for an alternative, non-alcoholic beverage before you are offered alcohol, then you won't be offered something you have to refuse.
- Realize that there are millions of people who don't drink alcohol for health, religious, weight loss or personal belief reasons, in addition to the people who don't drink because they have difficulty controlling the habit. You are in good company when you choose a non-alcoholic drink.
If you're helping someone to quit drinking, go over these suggestions with them and offer to be their buddy, their lifeline, the one they call when they need an extra measure of support. Help them look for new activities and introduce them to new friends. You can be just the turning point this drinker needs to become a non-drinker.
If you are the family member trying to help someone who is dependent on alcohol to quit drinking, you need to realize that people who have truly become dependent on alcohol usually professional help to stop drinking. Support your loved one by helping them deal with the idea of going to rehab so they can achieve their clean and sober goal.
If you are the drinker, and you do not succeed in quitting drinking after a couple of tries, this is no time to be harsh on yourself. Simply move on to the next step. Find your closest Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and get started.
In the large majority of cases, those who participate in the Narconon drug and alcohol rehab program stay clean and sober after they graduate and return home. This can be your future too.