Ending your alcohol abuse can help improve your current level of health and your overall life. It is a known fact that alcohol abuse results in health complications or even accidents caused by alcohol. Apart from these, ending alcohol abuse could also improve your quality of life and your relationship with other people especially your family and loved ones.
Many people recommend going to AA treatment, but then there are other alternatives – and these are what we call the non-AA alcohol treatments.
Before we discuss the alternatives, let me first enlighten you with the very first step that you should take: educate yourself. “Knowledge is power.” You can best empower yourself by learning about the effects of alcohol abuse on your life and health and the ways of ending this struggle. (You can get a free e-book on the effects of alcohol by entering your details on the box on the right or in visiting www.alcoholfreesociallife.com)
How to Stop Drinking: Alternative Treatments
You have decided to stop drinking, now the question is how? Here are some alternative treatments:
• End it through your self-initiative. Do this for yourself and help your own self. One of the reasons you may have for ending this alcohol abuse is for your loved ones but you should set this goal ultimately for yourself. You should initiate the change yourself. If your only motivation is the encouragement of others, most likely this struggle will never end. Sure, the emotional support and encouragement of your loved ones will help, but ultimately the driving force should be from within.
• Ask the help of doctors, psychologists and other medical specialists. It is widely known that alcohol-dependent people experience withdrawal symptoms when suddenly stopping their intake of alcohol. It would be an excellent idea to ask for the advice and assistance of the experts to avoid further health risks on your part.
Here are a few non-AA alcohol treatments:
• Health recovery programs/centers: There are many centers or treatment programs for alcohol abuse present today. Some may be federally sponsored while some are provided by NGOs. Many hospitals also offer this kind of treatment. This could be through in-patient or outpatient programs. Usually, the in-patient program requires the alcohol-abuser to stay in a treatment center where they are taught about various ways and new skills to avoid alcohol abuse again. Use our Treatment Directory to locate treatment near you.
• Joining a support group: Various support groups (aside from AA) provide sharing of experiences and helping each other end alcohol abuses. Such support groups would include the SMART Recovery, Lifering Treatment Program, Secular Organization for Sobriety and many more.
• Medications to reduce alcohol cravings: Some medicines are recommended for people who are just starting to undergo an alcohol treatment program or for those who have relapses to curb their alcoholic cravings (e.g. Naltroxene, Campral, Disulfiram). These medicines require prescription because of the possible adverse effects it can give to the body.
Who says treating alcohol abuse is easy? It isn’t. Yet with self-motivation and various non-AA alternative treatments, you’re on the right track to getting yourself out of a nasty habit like drinking.
There is another way to control your alcohol abuse and it is done completely privately – in your home! If you want to, try the Give Up Alcohol Course and see the difference it can make.