At the beginning of the year, I decided that I had to quit drinking. I had a daily alcohol addiction for over five years, and even though I told myself differently, I knew it was slowly killing me. I enjoyed unhealthy amounts of beer, bourbon (my favorite), vodka, rum and wine. In fact, I had some nights where I had all of those in the same night. Yuck.
I did a lot of research on how to quit. I knew I wasn’t going to AA, but I read their basic literature anyway. One of the more interesting methods I found was not how to quit, but how to taper off using beer.
Ultimately, I just quit “cold turkey” (means- with no help).
It was incredibly tough, and I went through some pretty gut-wrenching withdrawal symptoms. I felt so bad that I was tempted to just have a small amount of alcohol just to ease things out, but I didn’t. One of my methods I used to help me quit was to keep a small bottle of bourbon in the house; it was easier for me to look it and refuse to drink than feel anxiety about not having it there
I never touched it and ended up giving it away after a week.
Now, over two months later, I haven’t had any alcohol and I don’t have any desire to go back to drinking heavily. At this point I would probably just get sick if I tried to drink like I did before anyway. But I do feel comfortable in saying that I could go back to having a few beers every so often. I quit my addiction, which was daily heavy drinking. I reset my mind and body to look at alcohol just like any other substance that is not healthy for you; it’s fine in moderation.
I also started running more. Since I stopped drinking, I run almost twice as much as I did before! Now I run 5+ miles at least four days a week (with shorter distances on the off days). The increase in exercise helped me feel better than ever and also helped me get to sleep without the booze.
Would that work for every person addicted to alcohol? I have no idea, but probably not. If you have a problem, get help and find the best method that will help you reclaim your life and get healthy again.