How Do I Stop Drinking Alcohol?
Alcohol abuse and addiction
Alcohol abuse can be the most common form of addition and/or substance abuse.
According to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, between 8 and 9 percent of adults in the United States have some form of problem with alcohol. If you are one of them, you may be looking for solutions to help you quit drinking.
What is alcohol abuse?
Abuse of any substance – including alcohol - is when the user begins seeking the substance compulsively and continues to use the substance even though there have been harmful effects to their lives, including problems with family, school, work or the legal system.
Not sure of alcohol problems?
You can take a free self-assessment at Drinker's Checkup. This program will help you develop a better understanding of your drinking including the risks and costs that your drinking could pose as well as consider whether you might want to change your drinking, and understand the ways you could change if you so choose.
There are three sections of the Drinker's Checkup program:
1. Looking at your drinking.
2. Getting feedback.
3. Deciding whether or not to change.
Visit Drinker's Checkup.
What happens when you try to stop drinking?
When you quit drinking, it can be uncomfortable – particularly if you have abused alcohol for some time. If you believe that you have an addiction to alcohol, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether you need to withdraw from alcohol under medical supervision.
Whether you work with your doctor, or cut back on your own, as alcohol works its way out of your body, you will begin to feel better and your body will begin to repair damage that drinking may have caused you. However, some people require support to help them quit drinking.
How can SMART Recovery help me stop alcohol abuse?
SMART Recovery provides its members with tools and support that they can use to help them recover from addictions – be it alcohol, or other drugs or negative behaviors. SMART Recovery's 4-Point Program® is designed to help you overcome your problems with abusing alcohol and quit drinking:
1. Building & Maintaining Motivation – Helps you identify and keep up with your reasons to quit. Why do you want to stop drinking - what will keep you focused on that goal?
2. Coping with Urges – Dealing with urges and cravings is part of recovery. SMART has tools designed to help our members cope with urges to drink alcohol that can help you maintain abstinence.
3. Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors – We frequently turn to using drugs to either escape from or avoid addressing problems. SMART Recovery participants learn problem-solving tools to help them manage challenges along the way.
4. Living a Balanced Life– When you abuse alcohol, your life frequently falls out of balance – you may find yourself opting to drink rather than go to work or school. You may find that things you once enjoyed aren’t fun anymore. SMART give members skills to help balance both short and long-term goals, pleasures and needs that were once out of balance due to drug abuse.
From Our Participants
Little did I realize when I finally found the guts to post a hello that I was about to set off on the journey of a life time.
— S.J., Arkansas
Where do I go from here?
Getting started with SMART Recovery is easy! If you would like to get started right away, you can join our online support group where you can read, share and learn from our worldwide community of members at any time of the day or night.
If you’d like to have printed study material, we suggest the SMART Recovery Handbook.