Posted on Mar 21, 2007 | Comments 0
The desire to stop drinking can be strong and it is a worthy self goal to achieve, but it may prove too difficult to successfully licking the temptation to drink without help.
The road to recovery and abstinence particularly for the long-term alcoholic is a long, difficult one. The desire to stop is admirable, the attempt, to be supported; but the achievement of such a goal is to be applauded and rewarded.
The alcoholic experiences many triggers that preclude his/her drinking. The triggers may be a meal, the end of a long day at the office, a television show, or it may be an emotional trigger like the memory of a lost one, feelings of anger-sadness-fear or even happiness, or a failed marriage. Triggers are situations or events or even people that make us want to lift that glass.
Tips to Stop Drinking
The following are some tips for improving your chances for success:
- Confide in a family member or close friend in whom you trust.
- Think about any positive consequences you have experienced during any bouts of abstinence.
- Talk about what negative consequences your drinking has had on yourself and others.
- Try to replace the urge to drink with a positive activity (walk, sport, game, housework)
- Join a self-help group like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), SMART, or Rational Recovery.
- Often your urges to drink are change in intensity from weak to moderate to strong. Know that as you are experiencing these different urges that they will not last. You can get through them without drinking.
- Speak with your family doctor about your desire to quit drinking. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a medication to assist you in your goal.
- If you can identify the trigger that occurred just prior to feeling the urge to drink, was there anything you could have done to change the trigger or avoid it?
To surround yourself with as much support as you can possibly find is one of the most important aspects that should be included in your self-improvement plan.
Support can be found not only in family members, friends, neighbors, and support groups; you can find support in a local church as well. Another powerful tool to overcome addiction is prayer.
Don’t Give Up
You should not give up on your self-improvement goals, particularly when they concern alcohol. It can be a very freeing experience by learning how to be in control in situation of addiction and can even save your life.
It is hard to accomplish some self improvement goals than others, but all self improvement goals are worth goals. It helps to make short term as well as long-term goals. Achieving the short-term goals can help keep you motivated and focused on your long-term goal.
In the case of alcohol a short-term goal may be:
- I will not drink after meals for seven days.
- I will not drink any alcoholic beverages while on my weeklong business trip.
And the long-term goals may be:
- I will not drink alcohol for the entire month of May. When that goal is reached, then you can make June your goal, then July and so on.
- I will attend every single AA meeting for an entire year.
You achieve your self-improvement goal by designing a simple, attainable goal, gather support and understanding your triggers.
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