So, you're finally ready to quit alcohol. You've been thinking about it for a while and have come to your senses: no more drinking. You know that with the right support and preparation, you can do it—and live a better life in the process! In this guide we'll take an honest look at what it takes to quit drinking, from assessing your readiness to building a plan and doing self-care along the way. Let's get started!
Be sure to take it seriously and be ready
Be ready to change your lifestyle. You'll need to make some serious lifestyle changes if you want to quit drinking. If you're used to drinking all night and then sleeping late the next morning, it's going to be hard for you not to do that when the mood strikes. Your body will crave alcohol when it wants rest but isn't getting any from a good night's sleep and other activities like exercise or meditation (which we’ll talk about later).
Be ready to change your habits. Once your body gets used to having a drink in hand at all times of day, it becomes second nature for your brain and body just as much as brushing your teeth or taking out the trash is second nature now—and those are habits that take years upon years of repetition before they become so ingrained in us that we don't even have time left over noting them anymore! So while making these changes might seem daunting at first glance, remember that with time they will become just as automatic as everything else about our day-to-day lives has become up until this point."
Talk to your doctor as soon as you are ready
When you are ready to quit drinking, talk to your doctor. You may want to ask if they have any suggestions for local support groups or programs that can help you through this process. They may also be able to recommend medications that will ease your withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor might recommend therapy as well; this is especially helpful if there are underlying emotional reasons why you drink regularly and heavily.
Detoxification is key
Detoxification is the most important step in recovery from alcohol abuse. You may be wondering what detoxification is and how it works, but you don't need to know all of the science behind it to see its benefits. Simply put, detoxification is a process that allows your body to rid itself of the toxins created by drinking. When you drink alcohol consistently over time, your liver can't keep up with processing all of that excess alcohol on its own anymore; so instead it stores some of those toxins in fat cells throughout your body until they're eventually released through sweat or urine (or other bodily fluids). It's not until these toxins are removed from your system that they can no longer affect your health negatively—and that's where detox comes into play!
While detox isn't necessarily a fun experience, it is an essential part of any successful recovery program because without clearing out these harmful substances first there's no way for them not only get back into action but also stay there once they've been removed by means such as therapy or group meetings with supportive peers who understand what you're going through better than anyone else does!
Consider joining a support group or going to therapy
There are many support groups for people who want to quit drinking. You can find them in your community or online. Support groups offer a forum where you can share experiences and advice with others who are going through the same thing. This can be very helpful, as you'll be able to hear about other people's successes, ask questions and get feedback on your own plans for quitting.
If you're having trouble dealing with the emotional side of quitting alcohol, therapy may be right for you. Therapy isn't just there to help people figure out how they feel but also why they feel that way and what might have influenced those feelings over time. If you think therapy might work for you, talk to your doctor or another health professional about it and see if they recommend someone local who could work well with what's going on in your life right now (and will hopefully have something more constructive than "just drink less" as an answer).
Do lots of self care.
The first step in quitting alcohol is to do lots of self care. Self care means relaxing, and there are lots of ways to do that:
Getting plenty of sleep every night. Most people need 7-9 hours a night, but you can find an amount that works for you by experimenting with different times and seeing how they affect your mood and energy level throughout the day. Keep in mind that if you’re trying not to drink alcohol right now, it might be helpful to go easy on coffee or soda as well because they both have caffeine which can make sleep harder than usual.
Hobbies like knitting or playing video games are also great ways to relax! Just try not to get too addicted—you don’t want them taking over your life! If they do start becoming more important than yourself though, consider cutting back on them so they don’t become an unhealthy escape from reality . . . just remember why these things were fun in the first place (i.e., because they helped keep us from thinking about all our problems too much).
Quitting alcohol takes hard work but it's worth it!
You’ll never regret it.
Quitting alcohol is a decision you will not regret. It’s hard to give up something that has been such an integral part of your life for so long, but the benefits of being sober far outweigh the downsides, both mentally and physically. “You will feel more energetic, stay healthier and look younger than ever before," said Dr. Richard Saitz, a professor at Boston University School of Medicine. “You won't be plagued by embarrassing hangovers anymore."
Alcohol is harmful.. Alcohol is not without its dangers; when consumed excessively over time it can lead to health issues such as liver disease or cancer. Not only does drinking cause these physical problems but if you have a history of alcohol abuse then there may be mental health issues as well like depression or anxiety disorders (1). Drinking too much also puts you at risk for accidents like driving under the influence which can result in serious injuries or death (2).
You'll be happier without alcohol!. The average American spends $2100 per year on alcohol alone which adds up over time - especially since most people start drinking during their teenage years (3). By giving up this habit now while they're young they'll be able to save money that would otherwise go toward buying drinks throughout life instead putting them toward other things like travel expenses or retirement savings accounts instead!
We hope that this article was helpful in giving you a better understanding of the process of quitting alcohol. We know it can be difficult, but if you stick with it and work hard at your recovery, there is nothing to worry about. Remember: You are not alone! There are so many people who have been through similar situations and understand what it feels like.