Alcoholism can be a terrible addiction to try to overcome.
Part of the reason for this is because it has such powerfully addictive qualities.
On one hand, alcohol is a depressant.
It tends to make you sleepy and lethargic.
But it also loosens your inhibitions and puts you at risk for doing things that you may not normally do when you’re not drinking.
This can not only put you in danger when you’re doing things like driving or operating machinery, but it can also put you at some social and relational risk as well.
You may get into arguments, start fights, break rules, etc.
You may just in-general do things that you never would have done had you not been drinking.
So here’s the hard question.
How do you overcome alcohol addiction?
This is such a difficult question to answer.
And to be honest, there are many schools of thought about it.
So in this post, you’re going to learn some unique (and possibly effective) options for helping you to wean yourself off of this often destructive drug—and to help you begin a life that’s sober and free from the negative effects of alcohol.
Let’s dive into it and talk about it.
1. Start Smoking Cannabis
In states where marijuana is legal, you may want to experiment with taking up smoking marijuana instead of drinking alcohol.
Marijuana provides many medicinal benefits.
And despite the fact that THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid, it’s also true that it doesn’t tend to result in some of the more destructive behaviors that alcohol can produce.
It’s also true that there’s a lot of evidence to show that people who smoke marijuana while they’re trying to quit alcohol have more success.
So it’s definitely something to think about.
2. Find Religion
There’s actually a surprising amount of evidence to show that becoming religious or adopting some religious habits can really help you to overcome many types of addiction problems, including alcohol addiction.
Try looking for a church in your local area, getting involved, and finding some accountability.
You never know. It may be the golden ticket to recovery.
3. Join Alcoholics Anonymous
You may not relish the idea of going to a group and talking about your alcohol addiction.
However, Alcoholics Anonymous has an optimistically proven track record of helping people to quit their addiction.
Not only do they offer accountability, but they also offer group counseling, support, etc.
It’s a fairly proven system. So it may not hurt to give it a try.
4. Substitute Something Else For Drinking
One thing to ask yourself as you’re struggling with alcoholism is this:
“Why do I drink?”
- Some people drink to numb emotional pain.
- Some people drink to try to forget about their problems and distract themselves.
- Some people drink because their life lacks some kind of greater purpose.
- Some people drink because they feel bored or listless.
There are many reasons for why people may drink—but it’s important to try to figure out why you are consuming alcohol.
Then, you can try to substitute something that will help to solve that problem, and find a possible solution that doesn’t include alcohol.
If you’re drinking out of boredom, maybe you could make a plan to join a fun activity group in your local community that plays board games, climbs mountains, writes books, etc.
Then, every day, instead of drinking when you’re tempted to feel bored—you can instead plan an activity with that group, which may engage your excitement and help you to fix the underlying problem behind the alcohol consumption.
Sitting down to work on a book, or getting up to go hiking, are both far better uses of your time than drinking—and they’ll both feel better at the end of the day as well!
There’s no two ways about it.
Alcoholism is a tricky business.
In fact, for some people, it ends up being a deadly addiction.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Your life is far too valuable, and you have far too much to offer, to allow yourself to succumb to a substance abuse addiction like alcoholism.
We believe in you, and we believe that you can find hope and recovery.
So try out some of these options and see if they might work for you.
And don’t delay. Get started on it today. It’s really worth it.