How Can I Stop Drinking?
If you are thinking to yourself “How can I stop drinking?” then, there are countless resources available to help you and myriad avenues to approaching the problem. First of all: you are not alone. An estimated 75% of Canadians drink alcohol, and a significant portion 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. A lot of people will just attend an alcohol detox, and it 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 around, and is explained at their website (http://www.aa.org) in greater detail. In summary, Alcoholics Anonymous describes itself as “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 not member fees or costs of any kind. It is simply a place to go to find kindred spirits seeking to change their own lives for the better. For stronger addiction, the alcohol treatment will not be enough. Long-term treatment would be more appropriate.
Of course, resources online are plentiful, and you might choose to make the change in 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 do 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 mind. Your family members are your greatest resources in the effort to stop drinking so don’t forget to thank them when you succeed and reach your goals!
As you can probably see, you are embarking 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.