The abuse of alcohol can affect not only your life but the lives of those around you. Alcohol may be your go-to drink of choice, but it is possible to end your relationship with it. Kicking any bad habit is a tough battle, especially alcohol dependency. Our society has basically become desensitized to alcohol and its lethal potential. There are key steps you can take to help remove alcohol from hindering your life.
Remember the Bad Times
Always remember the bad times that alcohol has caused you. It is easy to try and put these thoughts in the back of your mind and focus on the positive memories. Don’t hate yourself, hate the alcohol for the anguish it has put in your life. You decided to stop for a reason, focus on those reasons to motivate you.
Envision the Healthy You
Picture yourself free from the alcohol. Once you finally kick the habit, a huge weight will be lifted off of your shoulders. Not only will you physically feel better, you will feel better about yourself. Focusing on seeing yourself happier and healthier can do wonderful tricks for your mind. If you constantly envision this, your subconscious behavior will begin to align with your thoughts.
Stay in Good Company
If alcohol has become such a problem in your life it is safe to say that you probably have your causal friends and your drinking friends. If you feel like you are missing out on too much with your drinking friends, but you can’t be in the company of alcohol; meet up with them at different times when drinking isn’t involved. You don’t have to cut them out of your life entirely. Drug rehab centers are a perfect place to ensure that you are always surrounded by people with your best interest in mind. They are the 100% sure way to ensure that your environment is temptation free.
Say “I Have Quit”
Not only will hearing the words resonate within you, others will stop and pay attention. It is important for others to know that you are done, you aren’t thinking about being done. Even if you were drunk yesterday, and decided to become sober today; you’ve quit. By saying it aloud you are taking responsibility and will give yourself fewer reasons to backtrack.
It is important to control your attention. Anytime that you may have thoughts about drinking, you need to busy your mind with something else. The busier you are, the less time you will have to think about needing a drink. Even if drinking crosses your mind 100 times, busy yourself in 101 different ways. It is going to take time, but you can do it.
An alcohol dependency is something that is going to take time to kick. You need to be patient with yourself. If a relapse happens don’t give up, keep pushing forward. You will make progress and become even closer to your end goal of becoming alcohol-free.