Below are 15 great posts written by members of our Boom Rethink the Drink community about how they stopped drinking. If you’re “sober curious” … If you are drinking too much too often … come Talk to Us
Start with some Inspiration :
If you had told me, only 6 weeks ago, that the first month sober would be anything other than a miserable, white-knuckled exercise in deprivation, I would have written you off as delusional or brainwashed by self-help books. I would have assumed that you didn’t know me, didn’t understand my life, or had simply forgotten how wonderful drinking really was. I would have been wrong.
Decide to Make it Non-Negotiable :
Anyone can do this.
But it’s the commitment
to not drinking whatever happens
that is the key.
Without that commitment, your life will stay the same.
Read More : The Magic Trick
Fill Your Tool Box with Tips and Tools :
If you’re feeling scared that’s natural as you have relied on drink for a long time. It will make a huge difference if you can be open to new ideas and immerse yourself in all things sobriety (it is fascinating). Be prepared to be a little selfish for a while, while you focus on putting yourself back together without the booze crutch.
I was getting the inkling that there were two parts of myself at war. I knew I didn’t want the pain and grief and the rest of drinking but I wanted the immediate pain to go away. I knew that drinking would take away the physical symptoms, plus my head was telling me to drink..
You weren’t that bad!
Start again Tomorrow!
I was a zombie. I had cleared my schedule of everything I could get out of and dragged myself through what I couldn’t. Part of what keeps me going now, after a full year sober, is that I don’t want to have to do these early days again. I made a promise to myself that I would go to my next morning’s yoga class no matter what happened. White Knuckle Willpower is what it took!
Make a List or Two :
You do not have to climb Mt. Everest this afternoon. You do not have to clear 7ft on the high jump, or discover a practical method of cold fusion. In fact, you don’t have to do anything at all. You just have to NOT do something – not lift a glass with booze to your lips. And the only time you have to NOT do that is right now. The only drink you have to not drink is the next one. So chill out. Don’t let that Little Voice, or anyone else, make a mountain out of our molehill. Just don’t drink right now.
Read more : Ten Ways to Overcome My Drinking Problem
Daily work. Change. Control – can start with a simple daily list
One of the reasons that people feel raw and exposed and vulnerable when they stop drinking is that their brains haven’t learned how to shoot out that “feel good” chemical dopamine without the alcohol key in the ignition. But writing that list and checking things off is the beginning of retraining your brain to feel good naturally!
Read more : Breaking Free
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