Giving Up Alcohol For A Month
Ethanol has a very sneaky way of slithering into your life; sometimes it’s present for an appropriate and lovely evening, while at other times, it’s joining you on a midday binge. The legality of the substance is a deception. Alcohol is one of the most addicting and deadliest substance known to mankind.
It’s excellent at disinhibiting you and allowing you to flow in and out of conversations; even with strangers. For some shy folks, alcohol is their miracle drug; they have finally found a solution to shedding away their personality and replacing it with a new and improved one.
Of course, any “new and improved” personality brought upon by alcohol is part of the deception of the slithering potion. Paradoxically, your perception of a new and improved personality is often painful and disgusting for others to bear and tolerate. Family and close friends suffer when they see a loved one robbed of their true self.
And that’s what alcohol does best: it makes you grandiose, boosts your confidence, disinhibits you and makes your surroundings more enjoyable but at the expense of your true colors. When a person crosses the invisible line from social drinking into pathological drinking, they have left their true self behind.
Giving up alcohol for a month is a good start! But prior to arriving at thirty days of sobriety, it is important to take baby steps:
- Step 1: decrease your quantity of alcohol during weekdays
- Step 2: decrease your quantity of alcohol during weekends
- Step 3: drink a lower quantity of alcohol on fewer weekdays
- Step 4: drink a lower quantity of alcohol on fewer weekdays + weekends
- Step 5: avoid drinking alcohol during weekdays
- Step 6: avoid drinking alcohol during weekends
- Step 7: avoid drinking alcohol for an entire month
- Step 8: avoid drinking alcohol for an entire six months
- Step 9: avoid drinking alcohol for an entire year
- Step 10: avoid falling back down to step 1
When alcohol senses that you are trying to break up, it will attempt to hit you harder by introducing insecurity, uncertainty, depression, anxiety and withdrawal symptoms into your life. This is alcohol’s way of keeping you hooked; any indication that you are trying to break free and the hook digs deeper into your soul.
To avoid battling alcohol addiction, you must avoid ever experiencing an alcohol state of mind. For some people, they will never get addicted. But for most who expose themselves to large quantities, the addiction was born prior to their first sip; their mind knew that one day their nucleus accumbens and ethanol would toast together.
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)