How to Stop Drinking Alcohol on Your Own

How to Stop Drinking Alcohol on Your Own

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Do you want to know how to stop drinking alcohol on your own?  If so then this might help, although I would have to add the disclaimer that asking for help is always going to be the stronger path in terms of recovery.  In other words, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage if you insist on stopping on your own.

If you want to stop on your own then you might need some help first with the detox portion.  Quitting drinking is actually pretty dangerous if you are physically addicted to alcohol, so you might need medical supervision to get you through this part of the process.  If you start to shake when you go too long without taking a drink, then you probably need help for this part of the process.

Now don’t worry, you can still do it on your own!  What you need to do is to simply go to drug rehab and request detox only.  They will accommodate this request and just put your through detox without forcing you to go through the residential program at all.  That way you can get help with the physical detox part but still be set to recover all on your own (since that is obviously your intention).

Now if you want to recover on your own I assume that this means you do not want to have to rely on social support, as in the form of 12 step programs and going to meetings every day.  If this is the case for you then this is a very possible goal but you are still going to have to put in some effort.  Basically you are trying to change your entire life and that means that you have to put in a ton of effort and a ton of work.  Changing your whole life is not easy.  There is more to quitting drinking then just stopping.

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If you can just stop drinking and then go on about your life and never relapse then this is terrific.  Unfortunately that will not work for most people.  As a general outline for individual recovery without a support system, I would suggest the following:

1) Push yourself to grow holistically. That means pushing yourself to grow in different areas of your life.  You must always be striving for personal growth and to be a better person.

2) Push yourself to create and build up your self esteem through meeting goals and accomplishing things. Push yourself to grow.  Demand success in your life.

3) Find ways to help other people in a meaningful way. Find your passion in helping others somehow.  This will be different for every person.

If you take these suggestions and work really hard at implementing them then you can stay sober on your own.

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