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Ways to Stay on Track when Quitting Alcohol

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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ImageQuitting alcohol often times sounds easy enough, but once you get started you find that nothing could be further from the truth. As a result, the idea of once again abusing this substance may creep into your mind.

Fortunately, there are ways to stay on track when quitting alcohol. There are steps you can take to ensure that you remain on the straight and narrow, eventually reaching your goal of becoming sober.

One of the best things you can do is enlist the help of friends and family. Let these people know what you are going through, and that you need their assistance staying on track. You may find that there are many people in your life who can help you avoid a relapse, allowing you to feel good about the progress you are making with each passing day.

Have you given any thought to entering a rehab facility? When you do this, you know you will be held accountable throughout your stay. From detox to counseling to therapy, the help that you receive from experienced professionals will go a long way in allowing you to stay the course.

Finally, it is important to chart your progress. When was the last time you had a drink? What goals have you reached along the way? By charting your progress, regardless of how small of steps you are taking, you will begin to feel good about the overall direction in which you are headed.

These are the types of things you can do to stay on track when quitting alcohol. What works for you may not work for the next person, however, any idea that has promise is one that is well worth considering. You may soon find that you are making decisions that keep you on the right track, allowing you to eventually lead an alcohol free life.


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