How to Stop Drinking, Without Relapsing

With the Festive Period already seeming like a distant memory now, chances are that you’ve broken all those promises you made to yourself; those New Year resolutions that you said: “This year, I’m really, definitely, absolutely, completely, totally going to stick to.” They lasted as long as an economy size jar of cranberry at a rugby club’s Christmas banquet, didn’t they?

Talking of New Year resolutions…
Here are a few classics:

  • Lose weight (join a gym, take up jogging, get a six-pack, blah blah blah)
  • Stop smoking
  • Watch less TV and learn a new language instead (yeah, right)
  • Open a savings account and regularly deposit part of my wage there
  • Do something for charity
  • Clear out the garage
  • Give up chocolate

…And some light-hearted resolutions (after all, what’s life about if you can’t have a laugh occasionally?). “This year I’m going to:

  • Learn what the word ‘resolution’ means
  • Stop texting my partner when they are actually sitting beside me on the sofa
  • Stop driving home from Weight Watchers® on Thursdays via the McDonald’s drive thru
  • Start smoking, to lose weight
  • Resolve to work with neglected children (my own), and finally
  • Drink more

Yikes! That last one is a bit of a worry; especially as you wouldn’t be reading this article if you weren’t serious about tackling your dependence on alcohol. So, just ignore it. Disregard it and focus on the following pearl of wisdom from none other than the great man himself, Confucius:

“Man with one chopstick go hungry.”

Sorry; we mean this one:

“Never impose on others what you would not wish for yourself.”

And if there is one thing we human beings detest, it is being rushed – rushed into making a change, hurried into giving something up, pressurised into taking an important decision (or even an unimportant decision).

So, if a family member, friend, close colleague or someone else that you care about told you they were seriously thinking about giving up alcohol, you wouldn’t bully them into stopping immediately, would you? You’d advise them to: “Take it slowly, gradually, bit by bit, one step at a time, mate.”

So why rush your own efforts to beat the booze?

This is the first classic mistake that so many alcoholics make. They try to give up drinking overnight, rather than adopting a more gradual and realistic approach to overcoming their problem with alcohol. The second classic mistake? Trying to do it all on their own.

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At private rehab clinics across the UK, the staff all share the same goal: to help people beat their addiction to alcoholism, and to help them towards making a fresh start so that they can go forward with their lives feeling better, happier, more purposeful, more fulfilled. What the clinicians, counsellors and other professionals are absolutely not interested in is hurrying any of their patients through treatment.


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