If you are thinking, “How can I stop drinking?” there are countless resources available to help you and myriad avenues to approach the problem. First of all: you are not alone. An estimated 75% of Canadians drink alcohol, and many of these people have problems stopping. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is, in fact, an addictive substance that has physical effects on the body beyond the immediate effects of being drunk. Many people will just attend an alcohol detox, which is not enough because it does not address underlying issues.
If you are having trouble ending your drinking habits, it is strongly recommended that you seek the help of a group such as Alcoholics Anonymous. In the vast majority of cases, this group will utilize a basic 12-step program to help you stop drinking for good. Their program is one of the most successful and is explained at their website (http://www.aa.org) in greater detail. In summary, Alcoholics Anonymous is “a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.” To join the group and get your life back on track costs nothing — there are no member fees or costs of any kind. It is simply a place to find kindred spirits seeking to change their lives for the better. The twelve steps of alcohol treatment for stronger addiction will not be enough. Long-term treatment would be more appropriate.
Of course, online resources are plentiful, and you might choose to change your lifestyle on your own without the help of a professional. This is not recommended since alcohol abuse is an addiction, and addictions are notoriously difficult to break. However, if you decide you would like to go it alone, at least inform your family members of your decision, and make them part of your “team” to help keep alcohol out of the house and out of your mind. Your family members are your most significant resources in the effort to stop drinking, so don’t forget to thank them when you succeed and reach your goals!
As you probably see, you embark on a lifelong and extremely difficult task. To succeed at stopping drinking, you need to know you are ready to take a stand and put an end to the suffering caused by the drink. Through consultation with professional help that can include your doctor and professional organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, you can break the habit and live a better life.