How to stop drinking (treatment for alcohol)
You may be reading this page because you are concerned you may have an addiction to alcohol and you want to stop. If so, we commend you for making the choice to do so. Choosing to stop drinking is the first step in ending alcohol abuse or breaking alcohol addiction.
That said, we at Alcohol Help know that simply stopping is not as easy as it sounds. Depending on the severity of your alcohol abuse, you may not be able to stop without professional help. If you contact us today, we will help you make that determination. Should you need professional help, we have working relationships with the best private clinics in the country.
If your problem is just alcohol abuse rather than alcohol addiction, there are a number of things you can do to try stopping on your own. They are:
- Talk to Your Doctor – This is the first step because your doctor will be able to help determine whether your problem is abuse or addiction. If it is abuse only, there are number of very effective medications that make alcohol completely unappealing. You might be a candidate for one of them.
- Set a Date – Some people seem to do better when they set themselves a deadline. So decide on a future date, a couple of weeks down the road, when you intend to be completely alcohol free. Between now and then, look for ways to reduce your drinking gradually.
- Change Your Attitude – Attitude is a big part of alcohol consumption. If you want to completely quit, you must adopt the mindset that there is nothing good that comes from drinking. You need to view alcohol the same way you view something else that limits progress.
- Change Your Environment – Lastly, it is nearly impossible to stop drinking without changing your environment. This includes removing all the alcohol from your home, not joining your friends at the pub at the weekend, and so on.
If you are addicted to alcohol, it is highly unlikely you will be able to stop drinking on your own. So many have tried before turning to rehab for help. Rehab offers an experienced hand with those who have been through the process and can support you through medication, counselling and teamwork, which makes it a far more realistic recovery approach. Noone expects you to tackle addiction on your own and there are plenty of centres we work with that can help you when you are ready to reach out.
Alcohol Help recommends that those with addiction seek residential treatment through a private clinic. Public services from the NHS can be helpful, but private clinics have a much better track record of success. Why? Because addiction recovery is all they do. Their concentrated focus allows them to give individualised help to every client.
If you have a dependency on alcohol and you want to stop drinking completely, your first step is to get in touch with us. We work with the best clinics in the country; clinics with years of successful experience working with individuals just like you.
If you are a friend or family member of an alcohol addict, we can help you too. You do not have to do this alone. We encourage you to contact us right away so we can find the program and clinic that is right for your loved one.