The best way to quit drinking is the one that works.
Finding the method that works for you is the tricky part, but it’s well worth it.
If you’ve been drinking for a very long time and you’ve tried to quit drinking in the past, it’s really important to take some time to understand what triggered you to start drinking again in previous attempts and to figure out a way to address that.
The moment you decide to quit drinking, you’ve done it – unless you take another drink.
The challenge lies in identifying why you aren’t succeeding at this goal.
The Easiest Way to Quit Drinking
The easier way to quit drinking would be to just decide that you’re never going to have another drink, and then to stick with it. Unfortunately, it’s rarely that easy.
If you really wanted to simplify it as much as possible, that’s what it comes down to, but from there we’ll build upon it and recognize the struggles, challenges, and “real life” things that make it a lot harder to stop drinking. Not mention the addictive aspect of it, or the dependency your body can built for alcohol which makes it even more difficult.
With all of that in mind, we encourage you to try to isolate each of these challenges, and work on those individually. If there’s something that triggers you to drink, and you can isolate that trigger and get rid of it, then it’s going to be that much easier to quit drinking.
If there are 5 different obstacles that are making it harder for you to simply never have another sip of alcohol, then tackle those 5 obstacles one by one until you’ve cleared yourself a path.
This strategy can work for all sorts of challenges in life, not just drinking. Figure out why you’re not succeeding, figure out how you can address that, and then try again.
What About When It Isn’t Easy?
For someone who doesn’t drinking too much and doesn’t have a dependency on alcohol, and someone who isn’t drinking to deal with any mental health issues or past trauma or anything else that makes it a lot harder to quit drinking, it probably won’t be very difficult to make the decision to stop drinking and to stick to it.
There are a lot of different strategies and frameworks and ways of attacking this problem that work for different people, so if something isn’t working for you, don’t give up.
There’s no shame in reaching out for help.
You can seek professional help if you’re having a hard time doing this yourself. Not only can you seek help, but you should seek help. You owe it to yourself to do everything that you can to overcome alcoholism. It’s possible, everyday people are taking their last drink. Is it your day?