October 21, 2006
Steps You Can Take to Help Yourself Stop Drinking
The first step anyone must take to stop drinking is to identify your reasons. Put together a list of all the reasons you have for why you should stop drinking. To make the list complete you may also want to consider asking family members or a close friend for help. From time to time you should use this list to renew your commitment to stop drinking.
Once you have a list of reasons it is important to put your plan into action by setting a date for when you want to stop drinking. To stop drinking alcohol you should complete a plan. Post this date on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror, anywhere you can see it often. If it will help you can also consider placing it in more than one place. A good idea is to put it in your purse or wallet on a card.
A plan isn’t successful without help, so you should share your plan with others. Tell your family members and close friends. Let them know how they can help you turn your plan into a success.
Mark specific dates in your plan and set them aside as days to evaluate your progress.
To make this new behavior a habit you should plan it for every thirty days. On these days you should look over your list of reasons to stop drinking. Add to this list the various benefits you are beginning to notice as you stop drinking.
It doesn’t mean you’ve failed if you have a relapse after you stop drinking. Many people will experience a relapse. Rather than get discouraged, use your experience to learn and start your plan again with a determination to stick to it. Continue to use your new behaviors.
After successfully following them for a period of thirty days do it again for another thirty days. Even with your best interest in mind you can have a hard time changing behaviors. However, new behaviors will become habit’s the more you use and practice them. If you are still unsuccessful after this plan then you should ask your doctor for help in other ways to stop drinking.
Other ideas to can try that may help you stop drinking include avoiding anything that can stumble your plan. There are many things in your life that can cause you to stop attempting to meet your goal. This might mean you have to make changes in your life that are related to your alcohol use including finding new friends or a new lifestyle.
Always stay focused on your goal and you will eventually succeed.
Another good idea is to find a self help group. These will usually help you to stick to your goal. To find out if a group is for you, you should attend at least three meetings before making your final decision. If the group doesn’t meet your needs then don’t give up, rather try another meeting. There are many different types of groups from men and women groups to discussion groups. Take your time and eventually you will find a self help group that is right for your needs.