Alcohol Addiction Treatment & Self-Help

How to Stop Drinking and Start Recovery

Alcohol Addiction treatment and recovery 1: Commit to stop drinking

Most people with alcohol addiction problems do not decide to make a big change out of the blue or transform their drinking habits overnight. Recovery is usually a more gradual process. In the early stages of change, denial is a huge obstacle. Even after admitting you have a drinking problem, you may make excuses and drag your feet. It’s important to acknowledge your ambivalence about stopping drinking. If you’re not sure if you’re ready to change or you’re struggling with the decision, it can help to think about the costs and benefits of each choice.

Evaluating the costs and benefits of drinking

Make a table like the one below, weighing the costs and benefits of drinking to the costs and benefits of quitting.

Is Drinking Worth The Cost?
Benefits of drinking:Benefits of not drinking:
  • It helps me forget about my problems.
  • I have fun when I drink.
  • It’s my way of relaxing and unwinding after a stressful day.
  • My relationships would probably improve.
  • I’d feel better mentally and physically.
  • I’d have more time and energy for the people and activities I care about.
Costs of drinking:Costs of not drinking:
  • It has caused problems in my relationships.
  • I feel depressed, anxious, and ashamed of myself.
  • It gets in the way of my job performance and family responsibilities.
  • I’d have to find another way to deal with problems.
  • I’d lose my drinking buddies.
  • I would have to face the responsibilities I’ve been ignoring.

A Mission for Michael, a Drug Alcohol Treatment Center in Orange County is here to help and would love to hear your story. We understand that Alcohol Addiction is a serious condition, however, its not permanent.

Please be on the lookout for part 2 of this series:

Alcohol Addiction treatment and recovery 2: Set goals and prepare for change