posted on Jun, 29 2012 @ 09:39 AM
reply to post by lonewolf10
I've been around addictions like drinking my whole life and have overcome them myself. I am also currently studying to be a certified substance abuse
counselor. To be honest, it really comes down to you making the decision to do it. If you want it bad enough you will do what it takes. Even if it is
not that bad of an addiction, it won't be easy, there is no magic trick to free you from this, it takes determination and persistence. Here is the
good news though, it can be done, and when done, you can live a far more happier/content life. Here are a few tips:
1. Figure out when and what triggers your desire to drink. (What time of day, what activity, what thought...) Then work to change your daily routine
to compensate for that trigger.
2. You may have to change some major aspects of your life. Friends, hobbies, places you hang out at, maybe even where you live or work. Anything that
triggers thoughts/desires for drinking should be let go of. You may have to change friends, or possibly even move somewhere else (for at least a few
months until you feel comfortable in your sobriety practice)
3. Go and find/call a AODA counselor and at least have 30 min talk with him/her. Don't be afraid of these people. They aren't there to judge you and
they know what they are talking about.
4. Begin to practice meditation. Watch this: www.youtube.com...
and then watch this whole series:
5. Buy Gabor Maté's book "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts". www.amazon.com...
Not only is
it very informative and helpful, but it is also an awesome read. Watch a lecture or two of his on youtube. He is probably the best source of
information on addiction.
If you've made the conscious decision to stop drinking then you are already half way there, now comes the leg work.
Peace and good luck!