Alcoholism is considered a disease today, with several people plagued by the uncontrollable desire to drink alcohol beyond one’s capacity. Sure, a lot of people drink, maybe at casual parties or to celebrate, but not being able to be in control can turn you from a casual drinker to an addict sooner than you think. Call it a way to relieve stress or simply feel on top of the world, it is harmful for the body at the end of the day .For people already at that stage, it is difficult but not impossible to let go of alcohol. Some of the ways that can help you quit this habit are:
10. Avoid denial
Sometimes people addicted to drinking don’t realize that it has become a problem. It takes a family intervention or regrettable incident that could have been easily avoided, to make you realize the truth. It is hard to admit you have got a problem but only with acceptance can you finally be able to address it, and be able to do something about it. Instead of trying to justify your drinking, or blaming external factors, take responsibility. Like you begin a speech at alcoholics anonymous by saying, “I am XYZ and I am an alcoholic”, it is necessary to accept your fall sometimes, before you can rise.
9. Take care of yourself
Even if it is not for a particular reason, taking care of yourself is the best treat you can give yourself. Excess drinking ruins the body in innumerable ways, apart from just long term damage to liver. Your body is your temple, treat it with respect. Try to make a new healthy timetable including active workouts like walking, going to the gym or joining a dance club which release endorphins, i.e. the feel good hormone. Make a plan to reduce the amount of money that you allocate on an average for drinks. To avoid Cravings and mood swings, eat a healthy diet regularly so that the amount you drink is reduced and also gets absorbed easily.
8. Keep a diary
Sometimes you are not sure whether the amount you drink can be even classified as dangerous and a little bit here and there becomes a lot before you know it. Hence maintaining a diary to keep track of your drink becomes essential to let you know how many drinks you have been having and where. Writing down the places where you tend to drink helps to mark your problem area and proceed from there on how to cut back on drinking. Also to get to the root of your problem, writing about whom you drink with and your feelings of craving at that point or the reason why you thought you had to have the drink can prove beneficial. From developing strategies to avoid places where you end up drinking too much to the kind of people who might influence your habit, your diary can be the progress chart for your final aim to quit alcohol.
7. Don’t set unachievable goals
Do you know the maximum reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail? It is because they are absolutely extreme and unattainable to say in the least. It is human nature; we cannot drastically change a habit or need. Making huge lifestyle changes without giving yourself the time to adjust and cope with it and strengthens your resolve, will undoubtedly lead to failure. If you begin something, the only way to see it through is to make small milestones that you can achieve and to always remember why you took up the task in the first place. So while setting goals for drinking, accept your limitations and start slow. Start with reducing maybe one drink at a time and carry on for a week and gradually begin to reduce that number further. Develop a sense of purpose, the reason that drives you and keep your intentions strong and ensure you allow yourself a little wiggle room when making plans.
6. Avoid bad influence and learn to say NO
It is said that a man is known by the company he keeps, and it is true for drinking as well. Peer pressure to drink is quite common in adolescents where teenagers wanting to ape adults think that drinking is “cool”, but in adults as well the social pressure to drink can be difficult to handle sometimes. If you find yourself drinking too much while hanging out with a certain bunch of friends, or during other often occurring social situations, try for a change in your social life. Don’t hang out so much with them and avoid the parties for some time, before you can mentally prepare yourself to be able to saying no and find other activities to do instead of drinking.
5. Address your emotions
More often than not alcohol drinking is always associated with the desire to ignore emotional scars in life. From dealing with a bad break-up, dealing with someone difficult in your life, losing your job to suffering abuse, there are a host of emotional reasons which can trigger alcoholism in people. The best way to reduce dependence on alcohol is to stop taking the easy way out in such a case, you will have to come to terms with your problems by facing them, not drowning them in a bottle of old monk. Go join the dating scene again there are plenty of fish in the sea or enjoy your time as a single person, work hard and start afresh to get a better job or begin new courses for more job opportunities, for people in your life you find being difficult with you, be firm and straight about your feelings with them. For People who deal with drinking to overcome abuse, talk to someone you trust and seek professional help.
4. Seek motivation
Giving up on any kind of addiction or making such an important change in your life, both mentally and physically can be pretty tasking and can lead to a point where you begin to lose perspective of the purpose of what you are attempting to do. Motivation can be of two types- positive or negative. Reminding yourself about the guilt the morning after accompanied by bad hangovers or how drinking ruined your relationships can motivate you to come out of all that negativity. Positive motivation means to believe in yourself, your strength and your will to succeed. Expect the best and attempt to test your limits at regular intervals. Your greatest weapon is yourself and only when you believe that you can do it, you will be able to achieve your aim. If you ever feel like you are on the verge of a relapse, read up on success stories of people and how they overcame the temptation to give up.
3. Get support
Level of alcohol consumption and dependence varies from person to person and it does not necessarily warrant a psychological counseling or a stint in rehab. It depends on the history of alcohol use, and psychiatric condition to decide the kind of care you require. Drinking could be due to mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, depression or attention deficit disorder and in such cases treating mental condition becomes a priority. So first and foremost if you feel you have a problem and you think you will probably fail in your resolve to quit on your own, seeking a medical opinion always helps. A psychiatric session could help solve your conundrum whether you need rehab or not. One of the most helpful and common ways is joining a support group i.e. alcoholics anonymous. Being around people with similar goals as yours and going through the same kind of issues helps in faster recovery. It offers support, guidance and encouragement and increases chances of recovery.
2. Meditation and positivity
One of the most natural ways to combat stress and relax, meditation is being widely researched for its other positive effects on the human body and psyche. Recent studies have indicated that meditation helps in curing addictions as well by virtue of its calming effect on the brain. Concentrating on your breathing has a calming effect on you and helps your sub-conscious to control your body and not vice versa. It helps you think positively and able to gain better perspective on your decisions and thinking. Giving up on an addiction is nothing but being able to resist body cravings by the strength of your mind.
1. Get help from friends and family
Your biggest support system is always the people closest to you; it could be your family or your friends. Always be honest about your problems and issues and discuss about the possible actions you can take. If you are thinking about joining a support group or going for psychological counseling, discuss your progress with your family and loved ones since they would know better than anyone what works out for you in the long run. Also people with a strong support system find it much easier to quit drinking, since the encouragement and motivation that the belief of your loved ones will give, nothing else can.