01 Dec Alcohol is Everywhere, So How can I Stop Drinking?
So How can I Stop Drinking?
Alcohol is such a socially accepted substance; it is almost an enforced tradition and social activity in our society. Due to this social acceptance of alcohol, those who wish to quit drinking or need to quit to save their lives, they often wonder, “How can I stop drinking?”
When drinking becomes a problem
The decision to stop drinking is sometimes matter of personal choice, but in many cases, people consider getting help to quit drinking because they have developed a problem. Drinking for many people often leads to physical dependency on alcohol, also known as alcoholism, which can be fatal.
Quitting drinking involves quitting old habits
Quitting drinking once addicted to alcohol is hard within itself, but is even harder because of the social acceptance tied to alcohol. This is especially true for teens and young adults. It is often stated in treatment centers and 12 step groups that a person must change people, places and things to get and stay sober. Quitting drinking involves more than just abstaining from alcohol. An entire lifestyle change is a critical part of abstaining from alcohol.
Lifestyle changes to abstain from alcohol
For heavy drinkers or alcoholics, alcohol provides relief, reduces social anxiety and becomes a habit that is a part of everyday life. Often, a spiritual malady exists. To stop drinking, prayer and faith have been proven to help in many ways. A strong support system is also helpful. Some people may not have support outside of their social circle, which often consists of other drinkers. In this case, establishing a new support system by participating in recovery groups is important. Replacing drinking with new habits and interests that provide happiness is another significant way to abstain from drinking.