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Quitting drinking won't be easy, but you can do it! Quitting drinking can be a very long and difficult process. You didn't develop an alcohol problem overnight so overcoming alcoholism will not happen overnight either. As tough as it is, it is not impossible and you should not give up. While you are quitting drinking…

Quitting drinking won’t be easy, but you can do it!

Quitting drinking can be a very long and difficult process. You didn’t develop an alcohol problem overnight so overcoming alcoholism will not happen overnight either. As tough as it is, it is not impossible and you should not give up. While you are quitting drinking it is important to stay strong, get support and seek treatment when needed. It also helps to remember you’re not alone in your struggle.

Many people struggle with alcoholism everyday and everyday people get sober and stay so sober and so can you. While on your journey to sobriety it may help to take some advice from people going through the same thing as you.

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Every recovery from alcoholism began with one sober hour

You have to start somewhere and it might as well be right now. Every person who ever quit drinking had to start at the beginning. It starts with one hour, then it becomes one day, then a week and before you know it you are on the road to recovery. No one starts off with a year of sobriety behind them and neither will you. Start slow and keep moving forward.

One day at a time

Getting sober isn’t easy and the urge to drink will not go away. You have to take it one day at a time. You can quit drinking and you can remain sober, but you have to take it one step at a time. We have no certainty for any day, but today so use today to quit drinking. Use today to remain sober. You cannot change the past or the days you spent drinking, but you can control how you live everyday from now on.

There is no elevator. You have to take the steps.

There is not going to be any easy way out. When quitting drinking you are going to come across challenges and struggle, but you can do it. Following a twelve step plan is a common tool for becoming sober. The twelve step program is a trusted and very common method of getting sober and staying clean. It has helped many people and continues to do so everyday. When you decide to quit drinking it is a good idea to speak with professionals who can help you determine what is your best course of action. The twelve step program can really help you, but you have to work the program. If you want to recover than you have to take every step necessary.

You’re not responsible for your disease, but you are responsible for your behavior.

You are not responsible for your alcoholism. It is a disease and should be treated as one. You can choose how you behave though. You always have a choice even when you are an alcoholic. You did not choose to be an alcoholic, but you can choose whether or not to drink. When you quit drinking it is important to understand the difference between what you can control and what you cannot control. You have no power over being an alcoholic, but you do have power over how it affects your life. You can choose to drink and let alcoholism take over your life or you can choose to acknowledge your problem and quit drinking. You are responsible for your life even when you do not have control over every aspect of it

If you’re not moving away from a drink then you’re moving closer to it

To quit drinking you must first accept that you have a drinking problem. If you do not acknowledge your problem then you are never going to be able to fix it. If you are not trying to fix the problem then you are only going to get worse. You have to move away from your old life as a drinker and move forward to a sober life. Staying in the situation you are in will only further your drinking.

Sobriety is a journey, not a destination

Quitting drinking and getting sober is a long process. There are going to be times where it is tough and times where it seems downright impossible, but you must keep at it. Staying sober is a lifelong process with no end in sight. Alcoholism is something that never goes away whether you are drinking or not. Sobriety is not a destination because you will never be fully cured of your alcoholism, but that doesn’t mean you can’t remain sober.

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Serenity is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it

Many people turn to drinking to cope with the hardship or conflict in their lives. This often has the opposite effect and instead of helping people cope, drinking actually makes things much worse. Life will never be completely perfect and there will always be times when conflict arises, but that does not mean you have to drink in those situations. Drinking your problems away will not work and you will never find peace through drinking. Instead it is important to find healthy ways to cope with conflict and stress in your life. Finding serenity in your life won’t happen when you have no conflict in your life, but instead when you cope with the conflict in a healthy and sober manner.

Dr Kate Smith

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Dr. Kate Smith is a licensed professional and has worked in the mental health and substance abuse disorder fields for over 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, graduating magna cum laude from her class. She obtained her Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Barry University in an accelerated program.

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