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How To Stop Drinking

Alcoholics who have been drinking heavily for years may not have been able to figure out how to stop drinking on their own. One of the key factors they have to consider when they want to quit is the withdrawal they will be facing. It will be very uncomfortable and possibly deadly. Alcoholism is one of the hardest addictions to kick. The withdrawals can be more severe than any drug and may last much longer. When people are facing these symptoms they find it hard to control their cravings and may tell themselves just one more time after all these years won’t make a difference. This one more time turns into many more times. They always have some excuse or something that is going to happen soon that will help them stop. Adding to the problem is the availability of alcohol. It is sold at almost every gas station, every corner store, every grocery store and every restaurant. Wherever the alcoholic goes he will be faced with temptation and reminders of being drunk. This can be extremely hard to deal with and can be a major factor in keeping the alcoholic from staying sober. In order for an alcoholic to stop drinking, they need to decide that they will do whatever it takes in order to change their lives.

Alcoholics are extremely selfish. They do not consider the feelings of their loved ones. They know they are hurting the people close to them, but they are too wrapped up in their own pain to care. They will also drive drunk and this puts anyone in their paths at risk. They need to realize that staying sober is a healthy selfishness. They may have low self esteem for whatever reason, and this could have driven them to drink, but now that they have been drinking and acting like a fool for so long their self esteem will be even lower.

They need to get to a place mentally and emotionally where they love and respect themselves enough to do what it takes to have a good life and love themselves. By drinking all the time and harming themselves, they are really trying to hurt themselves. This may be subconscious, and it may be very intentional, but the alcoholic is very aware that they are hurting themselves, even if they do not know why.

If the alcoholic stays in the same location, keeps in touch with the same people, and doesn’t make the necessary changes in their life to be a better person, it is extremely doubtful that they will be able to stop drinking. Something other than just quitting alcohol needs to happen. They are missing something that they need in order to feel complete. Filling this void is how to stop drinking.

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