When is the last time you’ve been sober for one month straight? Within the last few months? Years? With October just around the corner, I’m throwing out a challenge to everyone: Give up the alcohol for the month of October. Jump in on the “Sober for October” train and invite your friends to ride with you.
- Go sober because your liver may need a break from detoxifying the harmful chemicals associated with alcohol.
- Go sober and donate the money you would have spent on alcohol to a great charity.
- Go sober and see how life is different when you’re in your right mind all the time.
- Go sober and see if you really can stop drinking anytime you want to.
Now you may be thinking it’s an odd challenge, but in reality the push for alcohol-free living is widespread. Especially from those who happen to work with problem drinkers and their families. After all, if you are drinking too heavily too often, it can cause pain for you and your family. In addition to this, some groups around the world are utilizing Sober for October as a fundraiser for needy causes. Simply donate the money you would normally spend on alcohol toward the charity.
Now that you are geared up for the challenge, here’s how you can go Sober in October and stop drinking for one month:
- Just say no. As simple as that sounds, it’s not always that simple when you are surrounded by others who are drinking. To quit drinking for one month, you may have to make a firm decision ahead of time to “just say no” to the booze no matter what. Let your friends and family know that you’ve decided to forgo alcohol for one month just because you want to do it. Invite them to join you!
- Skip or limit the parties. If attending a party where there is alcohol present is too much of a temptation, perhaps you can limit or skip the parties.
- Have your own alcohol-free parties. If you tend to like socializing, consider hosting your own alcohol-free party. Have a football Sunday with tasty snacks or a dinner and movie night with your faves. Let them know you’ve taken the Sober for October challenge and no booze will be present.
- Remind yourself of your goals. Take a piece of paper out and write down why you are stopping drinking for one month. Put it in a place that you will see each day to serve as a reminder of why you’re doing this. This may help you stick to your goal.
- See your Doctor. If you’re having trouble with leaving the booze alone despite your greatest efforts, speak to your Doctor for some encouragement and support. Let them know you’re struggling with leaving the alcohol alone and be willing to receive their words of wisdom and support and in particular this is important if you are a heavy drinker and are suddenly wanting to stop. That can be harmful for your body so please see your Doctor before you start the Sober For October challenge.
Going Sober for October is a worthy goal. Keep in mind that if you are a moderate to heavy drinker, see a medical doctor before you stop drinking cold turkey. You could face some hefty withdrawal symptoms that may need medical monitoring. As you move forward with your sobriety goals, know that there are plenty of resources available to help you learn more about stopping drinking and/or getting help should you feel you have a dependence upon alcohol. With that being said, Happy October!
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