Learning To Help Yourself

Ways to Overcome Your Drinking Addiction and Lead a Sober Life

Addiction to alcohol isn't about poor ethics or a weak will. In fact, science concludes that the compulsive use of alcohol is actually caused by a brain disease. This disease tends to override any ethics in place and invokes the use of alcohol even when the negative consequences are fully understood. Luckily, alcoholism is a disease that can be overcome with the right tools and support systems put into place. Consider making use of the following methods and techniques to optimize your chance for success when it comes to learning how to enjoy leading a sober lifestyle:

Commit to Rehab

Going to rehab is one of the best ways to overcome your addiction to alcohol. A major reason for this is that all the resources and tools that have been proven to help can be accessed in one place. Rehab centers are designed to lead toward permanent freedom from alcohol dependence by implementing a series of support systems into their programs, such as the following:

  • Structure—Rehab is structured into scheduled meetings, meal times, and activity sessions so you'll spend less time thinking about drinking and more time improving your outlook on life.
  • Round-the-Clock Support—You can expect to get the support you need to work through emotional, physical, or mental issues even at three in the morning.
  • Therapy VarietyYou can take advantage of a variety of therapy options and get involved with what works best for you.
  • Nutritional GuidanceYou'll gain insight into how diet contributes to alcohol use and sobriety and get some help creating a personalized diet plan that will help to keep you on the right track.

And because you're isolated from the base community while in rehab, you will have a chance to reset your lifestyle by breaking ties with poor role models as well as strengthening bonds with loved ones through phone calls and letters.

Keep a Progression Diary 

Keeping a diary that documents your progression is a great way to monitor your progress and gauge just how far you have come since beginning your quest for sobriety. Being able to look back on past experiences and successes will help keep you excited about what the future holds and give you some insight into the kinds of accomplishments you can expect to achieve in the future. And writing down your goals and documenting your progress as you achieve them should keep you motivated to continue down your path and gain control over your alcohol addiction. You only need to spend five minutes each day documenting your mood, a goal that you have in mind, or your reflections and progressions on things that are going on in your life at the time.

Engage in Community Service

Getting involved with community service is an effective way to invoke a sense of purpose in your life that does not involve alcohol or other destructive lifestyle habits. Whether you decide to volunteer at a soup kitchen, engage with school kids to teach them about the dangers of alcohol dependence, or work with homeless people who are in need of help with life essentials, community service offers a variety of benefits to take advantage of that will likely enrich your life and keep you on the track to long-term sobriety. Some notable benefits include these:  

  • Increased Self Esteem—Establish a sense of pride and accomplishment and increase your overall confidence levels.  
  • Improved Social Skills—Learn a variety of new social skills and improve your personal relationships while establishing new positive and enjoyable friendships.
  • Acquired Job Skills—Gain new job skills that you can use to create or further a career that you have interest in.

All it takes to make a positive impact in your overall life experiences is the commitment to volunteer once or twice a month on an ongoing basis.

These considerations should help you gain some important insight and valuable support that can be utilized to build a strong, healthy, and happy life that doesn't consist of using alcohol.