As a society we have been sold, apparently effectively, that we need alcohol to cope. That life is too tough to handle sober. Forget the devastation this has on those who are prone to substance use disorder, this is a sad and unhealthy reality to acknowledge. So where do we even begin? I suggest, as a start, a re-do Dry February (or any time for that matter). As reported by The New York Times in the article Reimagine Your Relationship to Alcohol, here are steps to help along the way:
1. Get Curious:
Take note of how much you’re drinking, as well as the pros and cons of that consumption. Study your own habits — and be honest about them.
2. Clear out the alcohol
3. But Fill the space with something else:
Identify other activities you love and increase them. Whether it’s exercise or spending time with friends, “we need another outlet to fill the void that alcohol leaves,” Dr. Murphy said.
4. Find Your People:
It helps to connect with others. Free sobriety support communities with virtual meetings include Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, SheRecovers, In the Rooms, Eight Step Recovery, Refuge Recovery, Recovery Dharma, LifeRing, and Herren Project, among others
5. Understand What Recovery Means for You
If your month of sobriety was relatively easy to accomplish, then simply consider it a reset. But if you’re having trouble sticking to your plan, you might need more than group meetings.