How To Stop Drinking (in 9 Steps)

Are you tired of saying “I don’t usually do this unless I’m drunk”? If so, please read on.

 

Benefits of Quitting Drinking

If you are ready to quit drinking alcohol, then congratulations! Alcoholism is a disease that can have a negative impact on your finances, your health, your friends, and your family. Breaking the cycle of alcohol addiction will be difficult. But the benefits will far outweigh the effort in the long run. Here are some tips on how to stop drinking.

 

How To Stop Drinking (in 9 Steps)

 

#1 Admit that you have a problem.

The first step to fixing a problem is admitting that you have the problem. Believe it or not, many people struggle with this first step. Don’t be in denial about how alcohol is negatively affecting your life. Take responsibility and be aware that drinking is taking a major toll.

 

#2 Ask for help.

Quitting an addiction is hard, and it’s even harder for those who do it alone. But you don’t have to be alone. Find friends, family members, counselors, ex-addicts, and anyone else who will help you through this trying time. People have a much easier time shaking an addiction when they have a support system behind them. The right friends may discourage you from drinking during social hour.

 

#3 Change your negative outlook.

In order to truly change, you have to really believe in yourself. Having a negative attitude will only hinder the ability to quit drinking. Anybody can quit addiction as long as they have the willpower to go through with it. Don’t constantly beat yourself up over a lack of sobriety. Don’t get mad when others try to help you. Create a positive mindset where you know that you will be able to become sober.

 

#4 Decide on a plan of action.

There are different paths to sobriety: you can quit gradually or go cold turkey. Decide on a plan that best fits your individual needs. Some people prefer going cold turkey because this plan works more quickly. Others prefer the gradual method because it isn’t as harsh on the body. Whatever you decide, make sure the plan of action is right for you.

 

#5 Get rid of your alcohol supply.

If you are stashing alcohol at home or at work, get rid of it today. Having alcohol nearby makes it much harder to avoid drinking. Remove all temptation. Give the alcohol away to friends who don’t struggle with addiction – or dump it down the drain.

 

#6 Prepare yourself for withdrawal.

Going through alcohol withdrawal may be the hardest part of overcoming addiction. As your body rids itself of alcohol, you may experience painful symptoms such as sweating, tremors, insomnia, increased temperature, increased heart rate, or increased breathing rate. Your body will crave alcohol during this detox stage. During this stressful period, it will be up to you to say no to drinking alcohol. Remember that once you get over the cravings and withdrawals, you will be feeling better than ever.

 

#7 Avoid temptation.

During social outings, you may find yourself in a situation where you are tempted by alcohol. It happens all the time; people will break their streak while out with friends or family. Don’t make this mistake. Before you even go out, make the promise to yourself that you will not drink. If you fear that the temptation will be too strong, then avoid going out altogether.

 

#8 Avoid triggers.

For some people, they will turn to drink when they are feeling stressed out. Learn what your stress triggers are and figure out how to manage those triggers instead of turning to alcohol.

 

#9 Find a support group.

Finding peers who are going through the same experience as you can be extremely helpful. Ex-addicts can tell you better than anybody else how to stop drinking. They can also provide you with emotional support and give advice when needed. A sober community like NRhythm can help you with this.

 

What Happens When You Stop Drinking?

While getting sober, it helps to constantly be mindful benefits of quitting. Here is what happens when you stop drinking:

  • Your mind becomes clear.
  • Your sleep health improves.
  • You’ll potentially lose weight (alcohol contains a lot of calories).
  • You will have more money in the bank account.
  • Your risk of heart disease, liver cancer, and other health problems will decrease.
  • Once the addiction is over, your body will no longer experience cravings.
  • You will feel healthier, stronger, and more mentally fit.

 

There are all these upsides to breaking an addiction; you just have to be willing to put in the effort to quit.

 

NRhythm: Sober Living Community in Nashville, TN

NRhythm is a sober living community in Nashville, TN. We seek to provide men recovering from alcohol abuse with the resources and support to overcome their addictions for good. Our sober living program is specifically designed for men who desire to live their best lives.

Contact us today to become a member of the NRhythm family.