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How do You Stop Drinking When You Love to Drink?

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If you’re trying to stop drinking how do you break the cycle of getting to day three and drinking again?

I loved to drink. Giving it up felt like cutting off an arm.

Love wine time

I had moments of Bliss, and Hope, and Gratitude, in my early weeks alcohol free, but I also had moments where I felt completely and utterly lost. Exiting the roller coaster ride of drink, drunk, regret was dizzying. I didn’t fit in my own skin for a while.

I knew that I had to cut the umbilical cord to wine time because my drinking had become dangerous and unpredictable. Time and time again I found that no matter how casually my drinking might be at the beginning of the evening, it routinely led to a binge. Writing this post, One Glass Won’t Hurt  in my fourth alcohol-free month, has helped me remember clearly, even into my fourth sober year, why I cannot drink.

Binge drinking roller coaster

Knowing that you cannot drink is the first step, but it takes a while to learn how to live without a routine that has punctuated every day for years. Even if alcohol were not addictive, cutting booze out of your life would still be daunting when everywhere you look people seem to be happily drinking. People seem to need to drink. Our culture sells wine time and cocktail hour hard.

That’s where community comes in. Whether you attend meetings or post in an online community or both, it is the shared experience of working toward finding a new way, that ends the dizzying blur. Talk about what you’re feeling, as often as you need to. Reach out to others and let them reach back to you. Ask a question, share a resource, rant and rave, or simply share your doubts and fears or triumphs. It works. Community works.

I began to find in my third and fourth month sober that my life was actually much better without the booze but it took daily work to get there. It took surrendering to knowing that I was different. Surrendering to accepting that others could drink but I cannot. It took surrender and then it took Hope. The hope came from listening to the people in my community who were ahead of me, sharing their experience, reaching back to show me that it could be done and that it was worth it.

If you have found that drinking often leads to painful drunken regret, then you will most likely be happier if you take the booze variable out of the picture

Cut the umbilical cord

File for Divorce

Retire from a long and illustrious drinking career

You Do Not NEED to drink , no one does …. think about it…..

I thought about it alot and figured out many of the reasons that I began drinking and drank too much We Drink to be Free and reading other people’s thoughts helped me so much along the way Nobody Drinks Like We Do For Fun.

Come Join us and Talk it through :
Ask Yourself these questions :

( you’ll find our answers and can add yours inside BOOM at the linked titles)

If you can think of one thing that scares you, or scared you most about sobriety what would it be ?

What does Courage mean to you? Does it take courage to stop drinking? Why?

and we’re there to help with answers to these as well

What advice would you give our Newbies about those first 30 or 40 days? What do you remember about the early sticking points ?

Early sobriety is so so difficult I am having a very difficult time maintaining motivation. I am one of those who “never reached rock bottom.”?

What made you *realize* that you had “crossed the line” and had a very serious alcohol problem?

Do you really PROMISE it’s better on the other side? Swear?

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