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How to Give Up Alcohol for Good - A Step-by-Step Guide

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

You have been drinking alcohol for quite some time. Maybe you are an adult who began drinking as a teenager, or perhaps you still are a teenager who was introduced to drinking a few years ago. At any rate, you now understand that alcohol is getting in the way of living that full and productive life you have always dreamed of. We want you to know that all hope is not lost. With one phone call to our 24-hour helpline, you can learn how to give up alcohol through an easy-to-understand, step-by-step process.

Alcohol is similar to other addictive drugs in that the longer you use it indiscriminately, the greater your chances of becoming dependent. Our hope is that you are looking to cut down or eliminate your alcohol consumption because you do not want to become an alcoholic. But if you are already dependent on the drug, you can still get well by following the steps outlined below.

For the record, we have not developed this step-by-step process in an attempt to make light of how difficult it is to stop drinking. Nor do we make any attempt to try and convince our readers that quitting is easy. We have simply laid out the steps to help you understand that quitting is possible if that is truly what you want.

Step 1 – Admit You Have a Problem

Anyone who wants to know how to give up alcohol must first admit a problem exists if the information he or she receives is to be useful. Think of it as being very similar to having cancer. All of the information about cancer treatment will be of no value to a person if he or she does not know he/she actually has the disease. That person must first come to terms with his or her illness before treatment information will do him/her any good. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism work the same way.

Even the best tips for giving up alcohol will not be of any value if you do not know you have a problem. So the first step is to admit a problem exists if you exhibit any of the classic symptoms of alcohol abuse or dependence. When you contact our 24-hour helpline, we can walk you through the symptoms. A willingness on your part to admit your symptoms indicate a problem allows us to move on to the second step.

Step 2 – Get a Comprehensive Evaluation

There are different types of treatments available depending on the severity of your alcohol problem. For example, a person in the early stages of problem drinking would be a good candidate for a visit to the GP and some prescription medications to control alcohol cravings. A person who is in the late stages of alcohol abuse may need psychotherapy treatments along with counselling and medical intervention. The only way to know what kinds of therapies would be appropriate for you is to first get a comprehensive evaluation.

Our professional and fully trained counsellors can provide assessments over the phone based on your symptoms and answers to very specific questions. You are always free to take any assessment you receive from us and compare against a second opinion from your GP or a drug recovery specialist. Once the severity of your problem is determined, treatments can be recommended.

Step 3 – Willingly Participate in Treatment

The third step is critical to the process of quitting alcohol. It is one thing to know how to give up alcohol and an entirely different matter to actually participate in the required treatments. Those who do so willingly, and with a full personal commitment, are more likely to completely recover from alcohol abuse. Those who do not willingly embrace treatment are more likely to fail.

Willingness is key to overcoming alcohol abuse or addiction. The client must be willing to participate because only he or she can make the ongoing decision to remain abstinent. The unfortunate truth is that no one can force an alcohol abuser to get well. Medical and psychotherapy treatments only work when clients are full and willing participants.

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Step 4 – Willingly Participate in Aftercare

Alcohol abusers and addicts who truly want to quit drinking will usually undertake either an outpatient or inpatient treatment programme. The completion of such a programme is only the first part of the equation. Clients must then follow up that programme with aftercare services.

What are aftercare services? They are a collection of counselling and therapeutic services that pick up where formal treatment leads off. The idea of aftercare is based on the reality that recovering alcoholics have to learn how to reintegrate into society once treatment has finished. But doing so is not easy. Sometimes the pressures of reintegration drive recovering alcoholics right back to drinking. Aftercare is designed to prevent that. Appropriate aftercare significantly increases the chances of avoiding relapse within the first year.

Step 5 – Maintain the Life of Abstinence

The final step in quitting alcohol is that of maintaining a life of abstinence. Whether you believe alcoholism is a disease or not, remaining abstinent for the rest of your life is the only guarantee you will not return to the habits of old. Remember that your current alcohol problem started with just one drink; returning to alcohol abuse or dependence in the future will begin the same way. Just don't drink anymore and you will not have to worry about it.

Easy to Understand, Hard to Do

We have explained how to give up alcohol in five basic steps. We know that it may be easy to understand yet difficult to implement for you. But please don't let the difficult challenges of quitting get in your way. There are so many good reasons to give up alcohol that it would be a shame for you to allow fear or anxiousness to prevent you from doing so.

Our mission is one of coming alongside alcohol abusers and their families to help them find treatment. Whether your treatment is as simple as hypnotherapy or as complex as a 12-week residential rehab programme, we specialise in finding the right treatment that matches your circumstances. With just one phone call, we can get you started on the road to recovery.

If you want to learn more about how to give up alcohol, please do not hesitate to contact our 24-hour helpline. All of our services are absolutely free of charge and completely confidential. Furthermore, there is no obligation when you contact us. We will present you with the information you are looking for and allow you to make your own choices.

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