Alcoholism is no joke. The availability and prevalence of this substance in our society have created an illusion that it is not as dangerous or addictive as it really is. In reality, alcohol is highly addictive both physically and mentally, and it is connected with over 80,000 deaths in the United States every year. These facts point to the reality that once addicted, quitting alcohol is a difficult feat. However, it is not impossible. Here are 7 tips on how to quit drinking alcohol and 7 quotes to remember along this journey.

Leave Your Ego A The Door & Ask For Help

There is never anything wrong with asking for help. Forget about “I’m fine” or “I’ll do it myself”. That is all your ego talking. If you could get sober on your own, you already would have. It is time to accept that you have a problem and that you need help. Getting sober is a process with lots of risks and lots of rewards. Call an addiction treatment center that has the team, the experience, and the tools to help you get sober safely. 

“Or, rather, let us be more simple and less vain.”

― Rousseau Jean-Jacques

Stop Making Excuses, But Make A Decision To Stop

Whether your excuses are about your pet, your kids, your job, or whatever, just stop. Continuing to drink does not only harm yourself but it harms those around you. What your dog, kids, spouse, boss, and co-workers all really need is for you to be sober and healthy. So, stop making excuses and make a decision to stop drinking. Only give yourself the option of recovery and healing.

“Negative thinking is subtle and deceptive. It wears many faces and hides behind the mask of excuses. It is important to strip away the mask and discover the real, root emotion.”

-Robert H. Schuller

Show Gratitude & Be Proud Of Progress

Staying positive can be difficult when you are trying to quit drinking alcohol. There is a chemical imbalance in your body, but the mind is more powerful than we often realize. Every day, put effort into showing gratitude for what you do have. Be grateful for every day of sobriety that you add and proudly share your progress with those around you. When others share in your achievements, it can be a sense of accomplishment and positivity that further feeds the recovery process.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

-John F. Kennedy

Avoid Temptation, Take A Hike

Why dance with the devil when you can sing with the angels? If you want to quit drinking alcohol, don’t go to places where you used to drink or hang out with people who you know won’t support your recovery. Find new activities that don’t involve drinking and can add joy to your life, like literally taking a hike in nature. Volunteer in your free time or pick up a new hobby. Spend time with those who support your recovery and engage in things that bring positive energy.

“We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spread The Word, Build Support

Tell your friends and family that you are working on bettering yourself. Invite those who care along your journey. Building a support system is going to be critical during rehab and throughout the rest of your life.

“I think I have an addiction to pretty much everything. I mean, I have to be very careful with myself as far as that goes, which is why I have a support group around me consistently.”

-Corey Haim

Don’t Be Proud, Be Open To Options

Be proud of your progress, but don’t be too proud to accept certain treatment options. Whether it be medication-assisted treatment such as Naltrexone or alternative therapies like acupuncture, don’t close yourself off to something that can help you get or stay sober. Every individual is different and finding the treatment plan that works for you may mean trying some therapies that are not what you expected. One thing is for certain, nothing will work if you do not have an open mind.

“Our vanity is hardest to wound precisely when our pride has just been wounded.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Just Do It

You’ve been reading long enough. Stop thinking about recovery and just do it. Make the call and begin your journey to a better, sober life. You can and you will do it.

“Just Do It.”

-Nike

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