If you have arrived at this website, then you probably want know how to stop drinking alcohol. You most certainly will have questions and you are looking for answers. These questions may be for yourself or you may want to know how to help someone else stop drinking alcohol.
In my case, I asked the question for myself and I searched for the answer for many many years.
Over the years, I have tried all kinds of ways to stop drinking. Here is a list of what I have tried, you may recognize that you have tried some of these too:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Social drinking only
- Alcohol moderation
- Drinking half glasses of wine as opposed to full, one bottle of beer only, half a bottle of wine
- Choosing drinks with a low alcohol content
- Scheduled drinking times, only drink after 6pm or only drink on weekends
- I have sworn on my life that I would not drink alcohol
- I have prayed for help to stop drinking alcohol
- I have read books about how to stop drinking alcohol
- I have said affirmations and the serenity prayer daily for months
I can honestly say that I tried to moderate and control my drinking for years. Nothing worked. I was pretty much a hopeless alcoholic for half of my life. (A high functioning alcoholic… yes, I even had different names for myself).
I think that the true answer to the question of “How do I stop drinking alcohol?” is to never give up trying to stop drinking alcohol. Never stop believing or thinking that you can stop drinking alcohol. If you decide that it is impossible to quit drinking then it will be. If you keep working towards living a clean and sober life then you may just find yourself sober one day.
What I am trying to get at is that you should never give up the idea that someday it is possible to achieve and maintain sobriety. Never give up hope. Sometimes it takes a lot of failure before you succeed. You must plant the seed of sobriety so that when you do find the courage to stop drinking, you are already mentally prepared.
Whatever your history of alcohol and no matter how many times you have attempted to give up and have failed. Keep trying.
There are no huge words of wisdom or magic answers here, but I can tell you what worked for me and that was continually trying to stop drinking alcohol. I never gave up having hope in myself.
The fact that I had attempted to quit drinking and failed so many times was actually a good thing. It was those failed attempts that finally helped me to realize that once I stopped drinking alcohol, this time, there was no going back. I had completely lost the ability to exercise control over my alcohol consumption. None of my methods of control worked. I guess if I had not tried so hard to stop drinking alcohol in the past, then I would not be where I am today. Which is completely sober.
Learn as much as you can about sobriety, gather your tools and resources and then dig deep for the courage to get started.
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