Many people do not see that they have an alcohol problem or realize they are an alcoholic or on their way to becoming one. An easy way to find out is by answering these two questions.
- Does your drinking interfere in your relationship with family, your spouse, your friends and your career?
- Is your drinking causing embarrassment for you, your family, your friends, and at work?
If you have answered yes to either of these questions you may have an alcohol problem meaning that you need to quit drinking. Some people find this easy to do on their own while others may need the help of an alcohol treatment center. If you decide to try to quit drinking alcohol on your own here are five ways in which to accomplish this.
Prioritize your self-esteem
Although this is a strong challenge you need to challenge yourself to live without taking a drink. By succeeding at this challenge it will help to boost your self-esteem and give you the confidence to continue with quitting on your own. Start out slowly, take it one day at a time, and then move to week-to-week. Keep telling yourself that you can do it and reward yourself for not drinking.
Try to focus
Focus on the fact that you will not drink and teach your mind to avoid the need for just one drink. Try to avoid stressful situations but when faced with these situations try meditation, yoga, or going for a walk instead of reaching for a drink.
Exercise daily and eat healthy
When you feel the “urge” for a drink exercise by taking a brisk walk, a walk with family, a bicycle ride, jogging, and reach for healthy snacks like carrots, celery sticks, or a salad instead of junk food. Doing these things will help you lose weight and take your mind off alcohol.
Avoid others who drink
Try to avoid the company of family and friends who love to drink because they will try to encourage you to drink, especially when you are first trying to quit on your own.
Attend alcoholic anonymous meetings
By attending these meetings you have others that are tackling the same substance abuse problem that you are, whether it is on their own or with help from a treatment center. Sharing stories with others will help you become stronger and more focused on achieving your goal of not drinking any longer.
Tia Marie is a former alcoholic who accomplished her goal of quitting on her own. She is now a counselor and mentor at Alcoholic Anonymous helping others achieve their goal.