How To Quit Drinking Alcohol

How To Quit Drinking Alcohol

02-03-2020

4 Top Strategies To Help You Stop Drinking.

1.Have A Plan

This is the first and most crucial thing to do before you begin taking that big step and leaving drink in the past. It can be really helpful to take some time to note down your worries / fears about not drinking. If you’ve tried to give up in the past note down a list of problems you might have experienced / what caused you to relapse? And the third list you need to complete is why you now want to give up - think through all the different unpleasant feelings / side effects you are now experiencing because you drink , over weight? Anxious? Tired all the time, depressed, negative thoughts always in your head, lacking any motivation. 

The next step is to look at your first list and face into the reasons why you fear not drinking and start to ask yourself it these are actually things to fear or in fact misjudgements and guesses.  Looks at your list of reasons why to quit drinking and start to realise that if you overcome your fears, these can all become a thing of the past. Another great way to start not drinking with a plan at your side is to use our Freedom From Alcohol Calendar – it will support you step by step, day by day as you progress through 30 days sober providing guidance, support and motivation on your journey to freedom from the clutches of alcohol.

The first 72 hours of quitting drinking are normally the most painful part. As your body rids itself of alcohol, you may experience withdrawal the benefits of quitting drinking will soon make themselves known. (If you think you will experience difficulties when stopping drinking alcohol we recommend you seek professional help from a Doctor.)

 

  1. Cope With Stress Differently

The human body has developed a complex and extensive process of adapting to harmful or dangerous situations created by stress to keep a physiological balance, a state known as homeostasis.

When the body experiences stress, or even perceived stress, it mobilizes a variety of physiological and behavioral changes via the nervous and endocrine systems to achieve a goal of maintaining homeostasis and coping with stress.

Many people who experience stressful situations or perceived threats will turn to alcohol to cope with that stress. The problem with that is alcohol itself can cause stress on the body's physiological balance.

Researchers have found that alcohol takes a psychological and physiological toll on the body and may actually compound the effects of stress.

Drinking alcohol may seem to provide some relief—positive feelings and relaxation—in the short term, but as stressful events continue long-term, heavy alcohol consumption can lead to medical and psychological problems and increase the risk of developing alcohol use disorders.

Practising other ways to deal with stress is a key to freeing your reliance on alcohol to relieve stress.

Emotional Freedom Technique or FT, also known as tapping or psychological acupressure, first came to prominence in the 1990s when developer Gary Craig published information about the therapy on his website. It involves tapping specific points on the body, primarily on the head and the face, in a particular sequence. While doing this, the person focuses on the issue that they wish to treat.

How does EFT work?

According to EFT International, the technique can be helpful for people with, anxiety, depression chronic pain, stress, weight loss issues plus other problems.

As with acupuncture and acupressure, tapping involves the body’s energy meridian points, which are a concept in Chinese medicine. Proponents believe them to be areas of the body through which energy flows.

In this theory, blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. According to EFT advocates, tapping on these meridian points with the fingertips restores the balance of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues.

It can also work in a similar way to mindfulness, as it can draw a person’s attention to their body and breathing. It may serve as a mental distraction from the issues that are causing anxiety or stress.

We provide further information about EFT on our website just follow the link… My Sober Support

 

 

3.Try Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based treatment for addiction, which can also be used to treat a variety of other psychological difficulties. Hypnotherapy combines the psychological process of hypnosis with psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy is conducted by a trained therapist.

This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one's own thoughts or meditations. In this state, you can turn your attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within you that can help you to make changes or regain control in certain areas of your life.

While in a hypnotic trance, the person being hypnotized, or hypnotic subject, is more open to suggestion by the hypnotherapist than they are in their usual fully alert state. This relaxed and suggestible state can help people to get a different perspective on their addictive behaviors. What normally seems impossible—like quitting alcohol—can seem achievable and desirable.

 

Numerous studies have shown that hypnotherapy can appeal to people with addictions since hypnosis can help people strengthen their willpower and use their best judgement in overcoming their addictive urges and cravings. The hypnotic state decreases a persons peripheral awareness, heightening attention to effectively alter the neurophysiological networks capable of rewiring certain patterns and conditioning. This means a person's feelings and behaviors continue to be influenced even after they have come out of a hypnotic trance.

 

 

Please take a look at the link below for our owm Freedom From Alcohol – Alcohol Aversion Hypnotherapy Audio Download. For this audio download our in house Practitioner Mike (Accredited Teacher of Mindfulness. Accredited & Registered Trainer of Clinical Hypnotherapy. Registered Hypnotherapy Supervisor) uses a combination of both meditation and hypnosis techniques to provide you with an audio download that can become an invaluable tool to assist you in quitting alcohol for good.

 

  1. Set Up Your Support System

It is invaluable to have some sort of support network in place when you stop drinking, especially if you have somebody important in your life who is still drinking heavily and not giving you the support you need. Join an online sober community on Facebook or through the internet, consider going to a local AA meeting, attend group counseling,  or find a sober Meet Up. Share with and lean on friends and family who DO support you. If you do surround yourself with a healthy set of friends and family who support you and help you, you’ll find that:

 

Facing challenges isn’t as difficult. When you are faced with a challenge, you might become overwhelmed and stressed. These feelings might trigger your unhealthy reaction of drinking. Having people to rely on helps you handle the situation. Their insight and assistance make a complicated and emotional situation seem manageable.

Friends help lower anxiety in social situations. You might have started using alcohol to reduce your social anxiety, but it took over your life and caused more anxiety. Having a friend or family member with you in a social setting helps reduce the stress of being alone or feeling awkward.

Family and friends keep you in check. Sometimes you might become a little too confident and fall back into old behavior patterns, which increase your risk of relapse into drinking. A loved one provides valuable insight about your behavior and that can help you address the issues.

You have your own personal cheering section. Having loved ones who support your sobriety is a positive thing, especially when you hit a rough patch. They can empower you to work through the issues that are keeping you down.

Your confidence and self-esteem grow. It feels good to have people who want to be around you and who care for your success. Their presence and active role in your recovery can boost up confidence and self-esteem that alcohol chopped down.

 

 

Remember there are so many benefits to stopping drinking, here are just 4 short term benefits you will experience very quickly after quitting drinking:

 

Reclaim lost time – if you drink say 3 times a week, each time you probably lose about 3 hours of productive time being fuzzy, dulled and on the way to becoming drunk. If you add this up over 1 year you lose a over a month of time to drinking alcohol! A month a year you are continuously negatively effecting your physical and mental health as well.

 

Meaningful Communication - You will have more meaningful talks. Conversation builds character and makes us grow. Those benefits disappear when you’re drunk. Alcohol prevents any meaningful change from talking. It might seem terrifying to meet new people without drinking, but the damage alcohol causes is scarier.

Get rich quickly _ It’s easy to spend £100 or more per week as a drinker, especially if you go out. After 6 months, quitting could allow you to afford backpacking around the world. Are you willing to pay £400 a month for health problems?

Sleep better _Alcohol is a depressant, which means it will make you tired. Alcohol also disrupts sleep patterns, throwing off your body’s balance. This only adds to the damage alcohol does. Quit drinking and it’s a guarantee your sleep quality will increase dramatically.

These are just 4 of so many benefits you will experience – why not start today, don’t put it off till tomorrow.

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