Most alcoholics cannot imagine their lives without drinking. It’s fair to say that it is difficult. It becomes a part of you, an extension of you and who you are. While you might like to think that your alcohol is similar to a good friend, you have to understand that it is far from a friend and more like an enemy. It’s brought you pain, mountains of troubles, and likely caused you to fail on more than one occasion. If you’re like most, you either lost your job, a loving relationship, your family, and respect from most people you cared about because of your alcohol addiction. Do you want that to continue? When will you say enough is enough? Maybe NOW is that time?
You’ll need treatment to overcome your drinking problem. However, the treatment is just the start of your new beginning. What becomes the greatest challenge in your quest for a new and better life is what to do with yourself after you’ve had your last drink.
Can You Have Fun without Alcohol?
You’re safe inside a treatment center because there’s no one there to pressure you into having a drink. There, you strongly believe that you really can live without alcohol, and you feel a sense of pride. Good for you! But, you must face reality once you get out of the treatment center. You have to go back to the same walls where you drank. You have to drive bar your favorite bar. The temptations will return again. You may bump into people who, without meaning to do you harm, may invite you to party with them.
Don’t give into these temptations because this is a one-way ticket back to the life you’ve tried so hard to put an end to. Alcohol recovery requires you to avoid touching alcohol because it is the exact thing that wrecked havoc on your life. Stop making any excuses because there aren’t any exceptions.
You’re going to have to make some very difficult decisions. You will have to end some friendships with those who like their alcoholic ways. It’s not easy to say goodbye to people you care about, but this is what’s necessary for your health, your life. Rest assured, some of your friends will judge you for it and they will feel offended, but it’s for your own good.
In order to recover from alcoholism, you must take yourself out of the equation that got you there in the first place – alcohol.
And don’t think you can’t have a great time without alcohol either because you can. It may seem weird at first, but it’s only because you associated socializing with alcohol. You may think that life without alcohol is boring, but it’s not. Give it a chance. No one said it won’t be challenging but you’ll soon come to realize that it was always a crutch. You’ll soon realize that freedom is much more fun than anything else.
Recovery Lifestyle Changes – A Guide to Help You Recover
- Don’t be mistaken that you’re cured once you completed your treatment at the center – you’re not. In fact, this is just the beginning. Getting rid of the crutch that is alcohol addiction is the hardest part of your recovery. Physically, you may have overcome the addiction, but mentally, this could last for a while. This is especially true when things may not go your way.
- Be honest with yourself – things don’t always go your way, his way, her way, or anyone’s way. That’s life. We often have to jump through hoops to get things to work, and still there’s no guarantee. So, expect to be put through the real test during these more difficult times. This is where you’ll have to use your coping skills to get through challenging times because you will feel tempted to have a drink. You must learn to use the tips below to beat temptation and end up dependent on alcohol again.
- Remember how far you’ve come. Stay focused on your goals.
- Bring to mind how good you feel physically.
- Stay away from people and places that involve alcohol. Instead, contact people who are supportive. Rather than head to the bar, go see a movie with a friend, or go to dinner. Get started on your hobby that will keep you occupied.
- Remember how alcohol brought you misery.
- Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Notice how good and healthy you look. Look at all the changes you brought to yourself now that you don’t drink. Remember that you do laugh even without a drink in your hand. Remember that you are excelling at work now that you have a clear mind.
- Always remember that you can NEVER have another drink. You’ll never be able to drink socially because one drink will drag you down. Don’t make that mistake and think you are capable of having one drink with a friend – you can’t.
- And if you really are considering having that one drink, just think back to what your life was like when you drank. Do you want to revisit that life? Do you remember the pain, the anguish, the loss? Probably not. Don’t throw it all away. You worked too hard! Walk away and don’t give in to the temptation.
Freedom is the Strongest Form of Power
Sure alcohol had you beat for a while, but you got strong and you fought back. Now you’re on top of it all. You’re winning the battle now! But, it’s a battle and the war goes on forever. You’ll have to fight for the rest of your life. The good news is that you will have many positive experiences without alcohol dragging you down to reflect upon and make you stronger every time you feel the urge to drink. You’ll soon see the benefits of life without alcohol and you’ll be happier.