“The first step to quit drinking is to recognize that you have a drinking problem.”Having a drinking problem can be detrimental to your life, in more ways than one. It can wreak havoc on your health, cause you to perform poorly at work and isolate you from your friends and family. The good news is that you can learn how to stop drinking and regain control of your life.
Recognize Your Drinking Problem
The first step to quit drinking is to recognize that you have a drinking problem. This can be the hardest, longest and most painful step for most alcoholics and problem drinkers; however, this is also the most important step. If you never pass this step, then you will never be able to move on to the other steps that will allow you to quit drinking forever. If drinking is affecting your life in a negative way, then chances are that you need help. If you think that you might have a drinking problem, take a moment to read through the following steps to learn how you can stop drinking.
Make the call to get help. If you do not know where to start, there are referral services that can connect you with treatment options in your area. No matter what time of the day or night you make the decision to get treatment, you can get a referral from a 24-hour national hotline that has experience helping people just like you. Once you get a referral, you may be able to contact the treatment facility immediately to make arrangements for your arrival. You may want to ask the facility representative how soon you can begin your journey to the treatment center.
Follow Through with Treatment
Once you have made the decision to go to treatment, follow through on that decision. You should go to treatment as soon as possible, to reduce the possibility that you could change your mind or give yourself enough leeway to have another drink. Once you get to the treatment facility, follow through with their plan for your recovery. The initial steps may be trying for you, both mentally and physically, but the overall reward will be worth the effort. Do not try to sneak out of or sneak things into the treatment facility.
Get Rid of Drinking Buddies
One of the first things you must do after leaving treatment is to get rid of you drinking buddies. It is advisable to cut off all contact cold turkey. You can ignore their calls, but you may have better success by blocking their numbers completely. While this may seem rude or unnecessary, it is crucial for your recovery. All it takes is one visit to an old friend’s home and the offer of a drink for you to be right back where you were before you sought treatment.
Accept Support from Family and Friends
Unlike the people who encouraged your drinking, your family and the friends who truly care about you will offer support during and after your recovery. You should accept this help, instead of pushing your loved ones away. This will be a trying time and you will need all of the support that you can get.
Go to AA Meetings
AA meetings are important to continued sobriety. Not only will you have a safe place where you can share your feelings with others who are or have been in your shoes, but you can also find a sponsor who will be available to talk when you need to.
Quitting drinking can be difficult, but you can find help by calling our secure and confidential helpline at 1-800-861-9454. Our professionals can help connect you with treatment options and support. This is a national hotline that is open 24 hours a day, so you can call us no matter where you live. Calling is the first step to receiving the help that you need to learn how to stop drinking today.