Resources That Can Help You to Not Drink

Resources That Can Help You to Not Drink

Individual therapy with a counselor or therapist is one of the best ways to help you stop drinking

When you struggle with drinking, it can feel as though there the temptation to drink is all around you. There are movies, TV shows and advertisements shown to you all the time. Each one can feel like a constant reminder to go pick up the bottle again. If you feel this way, do not be discouraged as there are some fantastic resources to help you live a sober life. Some of these available resources include the following:

Individual therapy with a counselor or therapist – This is one of the best ways to stop drinking as a therapist has experience with addiction and will help you talk through your problems. This is often called psychotherapy. This may sound scary at first, but it really is not. You just talk to the therapist about now you are feeling and what struggles you are facing. In many cases, you will face triggers—or reminders—to drink again. A good therapist will help identify the triggers that produce cravings to drink. It can be as simple as driving by a bar you used to frequent or filling up your car at a gas station where you once bought alcohol. Therapy gives you the outside perspective needed to provide you with clarity. Also keep in mind that a good therapist has the same goal as your doctor, which is to help you get sober and healthy. There may be a cost for going to therapy. It all depends on your insurance and the specific therapist. You can click here for a treatment services locator from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or just call our helpline. It is best not to make assumptions. Get the information you need before you come to any conclusions.

A gym membership is a great way to stop drinking – Instead of hitting the bar or drinking at home, go to the gym. When you have a friend go with you, you have someone to talk with and also instant accountability. Don’t be afraid to tell your friend that you are stopping drinking and you want to get healthy. This openness will help you maintain your sobriety. Studies from the National Institutes of Health have shown that aerobic exercise is a great way to help recovery. If you do not have the financial resources to join a gym, that does not have to stop you. Start going to a park or start walking on trails. There are innumerable activities you can do outdoors. Be intentional and focused, and you will see results. In many cases, stress is one of the leading causes for drinking. When you work out, you will release dopamine into your system and feel great. Once you start feeling better and looking better, you build momentum and you will want to drink less. This is not an instant fix but rather an intentional step toward a healthier, happier version of your self.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a support program to help you stop drinking – Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a program founded in 1935 and is still very popular today. AA is often considered one of the first steps for an alcoholic to take when going into recovery. AA’s purpose is to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety“. AA has been very successful for almost 80 years helping millions of people. AA is one of the best resources for anyone struggling with an alcohol problem. The cost is free unless you want to give a few dollars for the rental of the space where meetings take place. The following are a few more details about AA:

  • Informal group sessions are a part of AA – An AA meeting is a gathering where individuals talk about their struggles and challenges with alcohol. AA meetings are relaxed and informal in nature. There are generally two types of A.A. meetings: open meetings and closed meetings. At open meetings, members may bring relatives or friends. Closed meetings are for alcoholics only. These are group discussions and any member who wants to may speak up, ask questions or voice their thoughts.
  • Individual help is available in AA – This individual help is found in the form of sponsors. A sponsor is another AA member—a former alcoholic—who then provides you with consistent support as you move forward in your recovery. You will face struggles at some point. A sponsor is a great way to have intentional support and accountability from someone who understands where you are coming from.
  • AA follows specific guidelines – AA follows the 12-Step program which focuses on 12 specific steps an individual makes to take responsibility for their actions, healing from God or a higher power and forgiveness for mistakes made during the process of recovery. For more information about the 12-Steps, you can click here.

Please keep in mind that neither AA, exercise or psychotherapy are considered to be quick fixes. Rather, these are intentional steps to take in the lifelong process of recovery.

Know you are not alone with your struggles with alcohol. Many others struggle with alcohol as well and want to support you in becoming sober and also staying sober. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to talk to one of our counselors who will give you not only the support you need but also the encouragement and information you need so you can get clean and live a much better life.