I have some strategies outlined below about how to help alcoholics to quit drinking alcohol. These are ideas that I have used that kept me sober for over eight years now, and I also see these concepts working for other people in their recovery as well. I am lucky enough to also work in the field of substance abuse so I see what works and what does not on a very large scale. Here you will discover what I have learned about all this.
That might sound really obvious but in fact it is the biggest thing that trips people up. Without making this firm commitment to recovery, you are likely to just end up drinking again without even putting up much of a fight in recovery.
After you have really hit bottom and are through with drinking for good, you are ready to progress to the next level. It is probably not what you think it is. You need to ask for help.
That is the big hump you must get over; that your next key step is to ask someone else for help. Many will try to avoid having to do this and thus they will fail. You see, we cannot quit drinking on our own. This is what defines our alcoholism. If we could quit on our own then we would not be truly addicted. So we need to ask for help and that is hard for a lot of people to do.
Who you ask and how you ask them is actually not that critical in this case. The important thing is that you get humble and ask for guidance and direction. You do not know how to live, so ask others if they will guide you. Simple as that.
When you ask for help you will notice that many people will make suggestions to you. Most of them will be encouraging that you get professional help. This will typically mean either counseling of some sort or possibly inpatient treatment. If you can afford it or if you have a funding source, you should definitely opt for the treatment route. This may strike you as funny or even frightening in a way, but it will really help you out if you go into it with a strong level of willingness. Rehab is a good strategy for beginning your journey towards sobriety on the right path. It does not guarantee you success but it can certainly give you an edge in getting started.
After you are gone from treatment, you are going to need other people who can help you in your quest to stay sober, especially early on. This can be obtained through meetings and possibly the 12 step fellowship. These groups are free of charge and they can really add to your chances of success in sobriety. Take advantage of them and they will help you to remain sober.
After you get a firm grasp on early recovery then you are ready to transition into long term sobriety. This is where many people get tripped up because they stay stuck in the tactics and strategies that helped them through early recovery. This is not the right method to use as you really should diversify your growth efforts so that you can fight complacency in long term recovery.