6 steps to quit drinking on your own (2023)

You’ve decided that you want to stop drinking alcohol. At the very least, you want to get your drinking habits and health under control. In this post, I’ll show you how to stop drinking using simple techniques, mindset shifts, and relying on the support systems around you.

I don’t care how much alcohol you drink. You could be:

This post shows you how to take a break from booze so you can get your physical, emotional, and mental health in order. I developed a unique framework for getting sober and dealing with vices.

If you follow these tips, you’ll finally be able to get your drinking under control.

Watch my Ted Talk on what I learned about the relationship between addiction and identity.

Believe that you can stop drinking

I used to be a heavy drinker, but eventually, I got tired of the hangovers and dealing with the embarrassment of my drunken behavior.

I got tired of not being respected by friends and loved ones. I got tired of hating the face I saw in the mirror. On the morning of Dec 23, 2013, after another night of heavy drinking and reckless behavior, I finally admitted to myself that I had a drinking problem.

I admitted that I was an alcoholic, that I was scared, and that I needed to make a change. If I couldn’t first accept this, then there was no chance I would ever fix it.

Remember that questioning yourself is normal

You might question if you’re really ready to quit. The questions may lead to hesitations. I know that I had several starts, stops, and bouts of questioning if this was the right decision for me. I personally used to worry that I wouldn’t be strong enough to stay sober.

You’re only questioning yourself because it’s a new path, and you aren’t certain how things will turn out. You aren’t sure if you can make it.

These doubts are natural. They mean that you’re taking your sobriety seriously. Most people only think in the short term, so they don’t have any worries about sticking through with it, but your worries show that you really want to get your drinking under control.

On December 23, 2013,I stopped drinkingcold turkey without:

  • Using any treatment programs
  • Support groups
  • Attending alcoholics anonymous

All of those things are useful and have their place, but they weren’t for me.

  • I didn’t use any alcohol detox or check myself into any treatment facilities.
  • My friends or family members didn’t stage an intervention for me.
  • I didn’t follow the 12 step program.

Admit that you have a drinking problem

While admitting that you have a problem is thefirst step in many recovery programs, part of that process is realizing that you’re afraid. You might be afraid of what happens if you keep drinking, but you’re more afraid of what happens when you stop.

I won’t lie to you and say that it’s guaranteed that you’ll have a large support network. I won’t lead you on and make you think that everyone will appreciate you trying to become a better human being. All I can do is tell you that the fear is natural, but you have to proceed anyway.

Your well-being, mental health, and self-respect depend on it.

Know what triggers you to drink

Most of us drink for one of the big C’s:

  • Catharsis.When we’re stressed or need to blow off steam, we get drunk.
  • Celebration.When something good happens, and we want to celebrate, we get drunk.
  • Coping.When something tragic happens, we get drunk.

Alcohol is the response to all of our emotional states. If you grew up in a society where this is the norm, then it’s already an expectation that you’ll drink in response to nearly every situation imaginable.

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For example, one of my worst habits was needing to have a drink in my hand. I tried to replace it with water, but it was too easy to drink quickly and lacked flavor. So I started to drink coffee instead.

Check out my other articles on sober living

I used to drink to celebrate. Once I decided to get sober, I knew that I needed a new habit. That new habit was going to dinner with my girlfriend instead. This is more constructive than getting drunk until I feel terrible because something good happened to me.

When I was feeling stressed, I used to drink. Once this was no longer an option, I started to write instead. I use writing as my personal therapy when something is troubling me and I need to think.

A different way to get sober

It was a terrifying time when I got sober, but I made it through. I wish someone warned me about the emotional and mental challenges I’d face when I quit drinking.

I wrote this book for people who want to get sober but don’t have any support. I wrote this book to give guidance where there currently is none in our society.

Check it out on Amazon

Don’t beat yourself up if you relapse

Research shows that the majority of people who eventually achieve long-term sobriety have at least 1 relapse.

The research shows that the numbers are even worse for people in recovery from drug addiction. People dealing with less obviously destructive addictions like pornography or food typically fare even worse.

Staying sober is a challenge. There are withdrawal symptoms, environmental temptations, and outright stress. If you put down the bottle for 30 days, but you slip up and have a drink on day 31, this doesn’t undo the 30 days before. You learned something, made progress, and put yourself in a better position for success.

The best relapse prevention is staying busy, staying away from old drinking environments, and making sober friends. If you do drink, do everything in your power to avoid a heavy binge. This is where it becomes essential to think of the progress you made.

One small drink won’t set your progress back too much, but it will be harder to get back on track if you drink yourself into oblivion.

Admit that you’re afraid

Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re afraid of this.

This fear gives you a healthy respect for the process and ensures that you take it seriously. It doesn’t matter what you’re specifically afraid of, but you must acknowledge that you ARE afraid.

Acknowledging your fears gives you the best chance of making a change. Fear keeps you from regressing, goals drive you forward, and new habits to make it all stick.

Your biggest fear is change and being different.You feel like your friends and family won’t understand or support your decision to stop drinking. Or that they’ll judge you for your addiction. That is completely natural.

You’re afraid that if you stop drinking, you’ll miss out on a great social life. Instead of worrying that people will leave you behind for your bad behavior, you’re afraid that people will do it because now you seem too good.

Figure out what scares you about getting sober

Strong fears move you away from self-destructive behavior, while a strong why pushes you towards improving your life.

It’s not enough to be afraid of what can go wrong. It’s not enough to want to stop. You also need a powerful reason that keeps you sober.

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If you’re only afraid of what can go wrong, how is this different from when you drank?

A healthy fear of the consequences is important, but using them alone to curb your alcohol consumption has another serious drawback. We tend to gauge how we should behave by our environment. By this metric, it’s easy to justify consuming alcohol to excess because so many people are doing it.

Fear is powerful, but fear alone is inadequate.You also need a reason that will help keep you from having relapses, dealing with withdrawal, and staying committed to your goal of sobriety.

Everyone is afraid of what can go wrong. It’s only human to have a fear of making mistakes. Especially big mistakes that cost us our relationships our freedom. So in response to this fear, people do several things.

​​​​​​Commit to sobriety

Going from a life of drinking to a life in recovery from alcoholism can be challenging.

You will need powerful reasons to stay committed to it; otherwise, environmental and peer pressures will drag you off the wagon.

This commitment puts the power back in your hands to decide if you ever want to drink again, but once you experience the great benefits, you probably won’t want to.

What are some of the benefits of quitting drinking?

  • Self-control
  • Better sleep
  • Better blood pressure and liver function
  • You save money
  • You never have to be ashamed for what you did but can’t remember

One thing that has kept me sober is that I no longer wanted to be the person I was as a drinker. I’m not just referring to how I behaved while under the influence, but my general demeanor, reputation, and options for life were all begging for a massive change.

As part of my commitment to change, I identified alcohol as the main problem and control it.

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I meant to get this tattoo a while ago. 12/23/13 was my first full day of sobriety. Now I'm over 5 years in. The tally marks represent the years in, and I'll add a new one every year. I never really thought I'd ever drink again, but this represents a commitment to the life of sobriety. I simply enjoy too many physical, mental, emotional, and financial advantages to ever imbibe again. The past 5 years have been the best in my life. Here's to the next 5 being even better and a life of never ending improvement.

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See yourself as a person who doesn’t drink

it’s hard to quit drinking when you only see yourself as a person who normally drinks but is taking a break. Whether your goal is long-term or short-term sobriety, this is the wrong mindset. A smart recovery strategy is to completely embrace a new identity as a person that does not drink.

It will probably feel awkward the first time you tell yourself that you aren’t a person who drinks alcohol, but it will become part of your identity. Also, don’t worry about people who knew you when you drank. If they ask, “Since when?”, look them squarely in the eyes and say, “Since I started recovery.”

I’ve found that people are sensitive to this and they usually step off after you say that.

Act like a sober person now

When you decide to get sober, you’ll be standing at an important fork in the road of your life.:

You can continue down the dark road you’ve been going down.


You can seriously pursue your goals and invest in the type of life that you want.

You can only become the new you and live a new life after giving up the old you and your old habits.

There’s another benefit of having a goal. It also allows you toovercome the fear of change.

It’s one thing to give up an old behavior habit. If it’s all you’ve known and you give it up out of fear, your desire for familiarity will win in the long run. However, if you are in pursuit of something new and better, you’re more likely to stick to it.

Don’t do what doesn’t work

One way drinkers try to mitigate their fear is through some insurance or self-imposed barrier. They try to drink only a few beers, not text people under the influence or leave their keys with someone to avoid getting behind the wheel.

*These approaches never work. *

We’re a ticking time bomb, and with each passing hour and sip of alcohol, the timer gets closer to zero. When operating on fear alone, the focus is on avoiding the consequences rather than maximizing the benefits.

This is an anxious period.

I don’t know if many other drinkers go through this phase, but there was a clearly defined period of time when I knew that I was a danger to myself and others while under the influence of alcohol. This didn’t motivate me to quit, but I was afraid of how bad things could get if I drank too much.

The irony of this approach is that I often tried to drink away this fear to socialize more easily, and I arrogantly (and wrongly) believed that I was in control.

Develop and lean on a support system

Deciding to quit drinking can be incredibly difficult. Whether you’re struggling or just want some extra guidance, consider reaching out for support from professionals who are trained in addiction treatment.

If you feel comfortable doing so, bring up your struggles with a primary healthcare provider, and they may recommend finding a therapist if it’s not too uncomfortable talking about personal issues like these with them at first.

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You could also check into 12-step programs such as SMART Recovery or Alcoholics Anonymous, where others who have been through similar experiences will provide mutual support that is unmatched by any other resource available today.

Use resources by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

The NIAAA is an organization dedicated to helping people overcome alcohol use disorder and alcohol addiction. The difference between the two terms is mostly a matter of degree rather than type, but the idea is the same: these are people who want to cut back on or eliminate their alcohol consumption.

NIAAA’s website is full of practical research and science-based methods to help you stop drinking. Firstly, are their diagnostic tools. The NIAAA tells you the mathematical difference between drinking in moderation, binge drinking, and heavy alcohol use.

The site also delivers a list of sobering statistics about the reality of alcoholism. These statistics remind you that you’re often one bad decision away from completely ruining your life.

But their website is not all doom and gloom. They also give useful ideas for support strategies and even more tips to help you to get your drinking under control.

Dealing with alcohol withdrawal symptoms

There will be a period of detox. This withdrawal can be physical, mental, or psychological; your level of alcohol dependence will determine the type and severity of your withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately, there aren’t any alcohol withdrawal symptoms that are life-threatening or even need medical supervision.

For the physical symptoms, you just need time and a good diet. Time gets your body used to not having alcohol, and a good diet will help you.

When you quit drinking alcohol, there isn’t any way around feeling like you’re missing something. Fortunately, it’s all in your head. Getting sober should not cause any health problems. You should feel better, not worse.

Your worst symptom is going to be boredom. You need to find new hobbies to take the place of things you used to do while drinking. You need to find new activities and people to socialize with if all of your previous social activities revolve around boredom.

A different way to get sober

It was a terrifying time when I got sober, but I made it through. I wish someone warned me about the emotional and mental challenges I’d face when I quit drinking.

I wrote this book for people who want to get sober but don’t have any support. I wrote this book to give guidance where there currently is none in our society.

Check it out on Amazon

Understand that society is not on your side

There’s a joke I tell people who are thinking about embracing a sober lifestyle:

Alcohol is the only drug where people think you have a problem if youdon’tdo it.

There is a comprehensive legal, educational, and commercial empire that prefers if you keep drinking.Drinkers get into more expensive legal trouble, they spend more money at restaurants, and schools are often attended based on their reputation as a party school alone.

While there is a shift in how society treats and views alcohol, it’s big business for everyone–even those charged with policing its use. You will encounter resistance on all fronts.

Remember that you won’t be alone

Fear of loneliness can keep you cutting back or cutting out your drinking. Even if alcohol isn’t enjoyable to you, the socialization ritual surrounding it is. Since everyone in the social environment drinks, you’ll automatically feel pressure to drink.

In your mind, sobriety means giving up a large part of this social life and all of the people you drink with.This seems terrifying. You may not think about this constantly, but it’s in the back of every drinker’s mind. It’s one of the things that all recovering alcoholics warn you about.

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Also, consider giving back along your recovery journey. Even if you’ve only been sober for 1 day, there’s someone who can use your guidance that is at day 0.

Embrace the journey

Implementing these new habits takes time, but reducing or eliminating your alcohol consumption is worth it. Sobriety is the best gift that I’ve ever given myself.

The rest is up to you.

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Is it possible to stop drinking on your own? ›

Alcohol addiction treatment options. Some people are able to stop drinking on their own or with the help of a 12-step program or other support group (see below for links). Others need medical supervision in order to withdraw from alcohol safely and comfortably.

What are the 7 steps of the cycle of addiction? ›

These seven stages are:
  • Initiation.
  • Experimentation.
  • Regular Usage.
  • Risky Usage.
  • Dependence.
  • Addiction.
  • Crisis/Treatment.

What are the four steps to recovery from alcoholism? ›

The five stages of addiction recovery are precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance.

What to say to yourself to stop drinking? ›

Explain why you don't want to drink. Ask them to help you talk yourself out of it. For instance, you might ask, “Can you think of more reasons why I shouldn't drink?” Your friends and family will be happy to help you.

What can I drink to stop drinking? ›

What to drink instead of alcohol
  • Soda and fresh lime. Proof that simple is still the best.
  • Berries in iced water. This summery drink will keep you refreshed and revitalised.
  • Kombucha. ...
  • Virgin bloody Mary. ...
  • Virgin Mojito. ...
  • Half soda/half cranberry juice and muddled lime. ...
  • Soda and fresh fruit. ...
  • Mocktails.

What are the first signs of liver damage from alcohol? ›

Symptoms of alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD)
  • feeling sick.
  • weight loss.
  • loss of appetite.
  • yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • swelling in the ankles and tummy.
  • confusion or drowsiness.
  • vomiting blood or passing blood in your stools.

How do I stop drinking solo? ›

Tips to help you give up alcohol
  1. Set your goals.
  2. Track your progress.
  3. Think about your triggers.
  4. Have a plan (such as alcohol free days and other activities)
  5. Get social support from friends & family.
  6. If you're struggling, seek further support.

How do I know if I'm an alcoholic? ›

Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse are: Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss. Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings. Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal.

What are the 6 stages of recovery? ›

According to The Developmental Model of Recovery (DMR) developed by Terence Gorski, there are six stages people go through during recovery: transition, stabilization, early recovery, middle recovery, late recovery, and maintenance.

What is the last stage of addiction? ›

Stage 4: Addiction

Once the final stage is reached, you have entered addiction and complete dependency upon the substance. It's no longer a question about whether or not you're addicted to drugs or alcohol.

What are the 10 stages of addiction? ›

The 10 Stages of Relapse
  • Stage 1: Denial. ...
  • Stage 2: Avoidance and Defensiveness. ...
  • Stage 3: Crisis Building. ...
  • Stage 4: Immobilization. ...
  • Stage 5: Confusion and Overreaction. ...
  • Stage 6: Depression. ...
  • Stage 7: Behavioral Loss of Control. ...
  • Stage 8: Recognition of Loss of Control.

What are the 7 steps to recovery? ›

Recovering From Your Addiction in 7 Steps: Here's How
  • Admit to your friends, and to yourself, that you have a problem. ...
  • Find support from day one. ...
  • Detox through your first days of sobriety. ...
  • Rewrite your daily routine. ...
  • Enjoy the small victories. ...
  • Recognize and avoid relapse. ...
  • Reach freedom, and stay there.
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What are the 5 stages of rehab? ›

Stages of Rehabilitation
  • Phase 1 - Control Pain and Swelling.
  • Phase 2 - Improve Range of Motion and/or Flexibility.
  • Phase 3 - Improve Strength & Begin Proprioception/Balance Training.
  • Phase 4 - Proprioception/Balance Training & Sport-Specific Training.
  • Phase 5 - Gradual Return to Full Activity.

How many months does it take to recover from alcoholism? ›

The effects of abstinence from alcohol typically peak and are maintained after 5-7 years of complete abstinence, although the most salient effects occur within the first year.

How do you get a buzz without alcohol? ›

Coconut water is a great alternative to alcohol's buzz because it helps you rehydrate without the negative side effects of alcohol. It's a natural, healthy beverage that contains electrolytes and other nutrients that are beneficial for your health.

What motivates people to stop drinking? ›

What is the reason you want to make a change? The answer can vary from person to person, but in general motivation to stop drinking comes from the desire to be in a better place physically or emotionally. We want to feel better, do better, and enjoy life more.

What makes it hard to stop drinking? ›

As you continue to increase the amount and frequency, the alcohol begins changing the way that certain parts of your brain function, which then impacts how you feel. As you drink more and more alcohol to achieve that same effect, your brain chemistry is altered more and more.

What is a substitute for alcohol? ›

The best alternatives to drinking alcohol are nonalcoholic beverages such as sparkling juices or club soda, or lifestyle changes like engaging in exercise, meditation, or progressive relaxation.

What mimics the effects of alcohol? ›

Sentia is made from plant extracts that can mimic the effects of alcohol, and is meant to top out around the feeling of having a glass or two of wine.

What are signs that your liver is struggling? ›

If signs and symptoms of liver disease do occur, they may include:
  • Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
  • Abdominal pain and swelling.
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles.
  • Itchy skin.
  • Dark urine color.
  • Pale stool color.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
8 Apr 2022

Why do alcoholics live so long? ›

It does so largely by improving health and reducing the risk of major causes of death. For example, moderately drinking alcohol reduces risk of death from cardiovascular diseases by almost half. So that alone has a major impact on lengthening life.

Does drinking alone mean you're an alcoholic? ›

Another warning sign of alcoholism is regularly drinking alone. When social drinking turns into solo drinking, it may mean the person is feeding an addiction. Some people drink alone because they have underlying mental health issues that they find difficult to cope with when sober and in their own company.

What are the 4 types of drinker? ›

There are four types of drinker – which one are you?
  • Social drinking. To date, nearly all the research on drinking motives has been done on teens and young adults. ...
  • Drinking to conform. ...
  • Drinking for enhancement. ...
  • Drinking to cope.

How can a doctor tell if you are an alcoholic? ›

While there are no specific tests to diagnose alcohol use disorder, certain patterns of lab test results may strongly suggest it. And you may need tests to identify health problems that may be linked to your alcohol use. Damage to your organs may be seen on tests. Complete a psychological evaluation.

Do alcoholics look different? ›

Alcohol causes your body and skin to lose fluid (dehydrate). Dry skin wrinkles more quickly and can look dull and grey. Alcohol's diuretic (water-loss) effect also causes you to lose vitamins and nutrients.

Does your brain heal after drinking? ›

Once brain cells die, the effect of the brain damage is permanent. Thankfully, some of the changes in the alcoholic brain are due to cells simply changing size in the brain. Once an alcoholic has stopped drinking, these cells return to their normal volume, showing that some alcohol-related brain damage is reversible.

What is a recovered alcoholic? ›

Recovery is a process through which an individual pursues both remission from alcohol use disorder (AUD) and cessation from heavy drinking1. An individual may be considered “recovered” if both remission from AUD and cessation from heavy drinking are achieved and maintained over time.

What is the most common form of recovery? ›

There are two different categories of recovery: Immediate or short-term recovery – This is the most common form of recovery and occurs within hours after an exercise session or event.

Which addiction has the highest relapse rate? ›

Research shows that alcohol and opioids have the highest rates of relapse, with some studies indicating a relapse rate for alcohol as high as 80 percent during the first year after treatment. Similarly, some studies suggest a relapse rate for opioids as high as 80 to 95 percent during the first year after treatment.

What are 5 signs that indicate a person has an addiction? ›

General physical signs of addiction include but are not limited to:
  • Enlarged or small pupils.
  • Sudden weight loss or gain.
  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Insomnia.
  • Unusual body odors.
  • Poor physical coordination.
  • Looking unkempt.
  • Slurred speech.

What are three warning signs of addiction? ›

Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, spaced-out, or angry outbursts.
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.

What are the 4 causes of addiction? ›

Causes of Addiction
  • Aggressive behavior in childhood.
  • Neglect from parents or guardians.
  • Experimenting with drugs or other substances.
  • Having access to drugs at school.
  • Poverty in the community.
  • Peer pressure.
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What are the four signs of addiction? ›

Drowsiness. Slurred speech. Lack of coordination. Irritability or changes in mood.

What are 5 causes of addiction? ›

While there can be many underlying reasons for addiction, the 5 most common root causes are trauma, co-occurring disorders, genetic predisposition, sexual and gender issues, and being prescribed addictive medication.

What are the 3 pillars of recovery? ›

This article claims that disruption brought on by trauma is best treated by what can be called the cycle of love, manifesting as the three pillars of recovery: awareness, acceptance, and integration.

What are the 8 principles of recovery? ›

Celebrate Recovery Eight Principles
PrinciplesPrinciple12 Steps
Principle 1Realize I'm not God. Admit I'm powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.Step 1
Principle 2Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.Step 2
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What are the 3 principles of recovery? ›

Holistic: Recovery focuses on people's entire lives, including mind, body, spirit and community. Nonlinear: Recovery isn't a step-by-step process but one based on continual growth, occasional setbacks and learning from experience. Strengths-based: Recovery builds on people's strengths.

What are the 10 components of recovery? ›

10 Fundamental Components of Recovery
  • Self-Direction. Individuals determine their own path of recovery with autonomy, independence, and control of their resources.
  • Individualized and Person-Centered. ...
  • Empowerment. ...
  • Holistic. ...
  • Non-Linear. ...
  • Strengths-Based. ...
  • Peer Support. ...
  • Respect.

What are the 5 determinants of relapse? ›

  • Motivation.
  • Mental Strength.
  • Family & Relationships.
  • Anxiety & Depression.
28 Nov 2020

What are the 4 steps of recovery? ›

You will go through four stages of recovery: treatment initiation, early abstinence, maintaining abstinence, and advanced recovery.

What are the three steps alcoholics must take to recover from their alcohol dependence? ›

The Stages of Alcohol Recovery
  • Stage One: Precontemplation. Signs of a drinking problem can include financial issues, legal problems, struggling in relationships and using alcohol to deal with stress. ...
  • Stage Two: Contemplation. ...
  • Stage Three: Preparation. ...
  • Stage Four: Action. ...
  • Stage Five: Maintenance. ...
  • Stage Six: Transcendence.
11 Jul 2022

What is the average life of an alcoholic? ›

People hospitalized with alcohol use disorder have an average life expectancy of 47–53 years (men) and 50–58 years (women) and die 24–28 years earlier than people in the general population.

What is considered a heavy drinker? ›

For men, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming 15 drinks or more per week. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming 8 drinks or more per week.

› Addiction ›

The Stages of Recovery

https://www.fortbehavioral.com › Addiction
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Understanding the dangers of cross-addiction; Dealing with post-acute withdrawal, which involves emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms and is a common...
Alcohol and drug abuse can tear families apart and transform loving and successful individuals into desperate, lonely husks of their former selves. Even though ...
If you decide to enter a professional alcohol and drug treatment program, you will begin a journey through four distinct stages of rehabilitation.

What are the 7 Addictions? ›

It is also important to consider that the nature of addiction makes it difficult to recognise that addiction in oneself.
Excessive use of any of the following substances and behaviours could be causing you damage.
  • Coffee. ...
  • Tobacco and Nicotine. ...
  • Alcohol. ...
  • Sex addiction. ...
  • Illegal and prescription drugs. ...
  • Gambling.
25 Sept 2018

What is the 7th step in recovery? ›

The seventh step of Alcoholics Anonymous urges us to embrace pursuit of humility as a fundamental aspect of staying sober. Humility is equally vital on the path towards a useful, happy life.

What is the 7th step? ›

Step Seven in Alcoholics Anonymous. Step 7 in A.A.: Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. As humans we tend to have issues with pridefulness. In recovery, it is very hard to let go of what we think we can do through our own resourcefulness and place our trust in our Higher Power.

What are the steps in the drug cycle? ›

Information For
  1. Step 1: Discovery and Development.
  2. Step 2: Preclinical Research.
  3. Step 3: Clinical Research.
  4. Step 4: FDA Drug Review.
  5. Step 5: FDA Post-Market Drug Safety Monitoring.
4 Jan 2018

What are three warning signs of addiction? ›

Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude.
  • Sudden mood swings, irritability, spaced-out, or angry outbursts.
  • Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason.

What are 5 signs that indicate a person has an addiction? ›

General physical signs of addiction include but are not limited to:
  • Enlarged or small pupils.
  • Sudden weight loss or gain.
  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Insomnia.
  • Unusual body odors.
  • Poor physical coordination.
  • Looking unkempt.
  • Slurred speech.

What is the main root of addiction? ›

The most common roots of addiction are chronic stress, a history of trauma, mental illness and a family history of addiction. Understanding how these can lead to chronic substance abuse and addiction will help you reduce your risk of becoming addicted.

What is the first rule of recovery? ›

Rule 1: Change Your Life

The most important rule of recovery is that a person does not achieve recovery by just not using. Recovery involves creating a new life in which it is easier to not use.

What are the 5 pillars of recovery? ›

The Five Pillars of Recovery from Trauma and Addiction
  • Maintain rigorous honesty. In addiction, our lives were built upon lies and false narratives we told ourselves and others. ...
  • Expose your secrets. ...
  • Let go. ...
  • Remember you aren't alone. ...
  • Know you matter.
7 Oct 2020

What are the 3 pillars of recovery? ›

This article claims that disruption brought on by trauma is best treated by what can be called the cycle of love, manifesting as the three pillars of recovery: awareness, acceptance, and integration.

What does Step 5 mean? ›

Step 5 of AA reads that one, “admitted to God, to oneself, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” Put simply, Step 5 is the point in the process in which one will speak openly and honestly about their struggles with addiction, with focus on how they harmed themselves and others through their ...

What does Step 8 mean? ›

Step 8: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.” The pathway toward renewal and personal growth in recovery is a gradual one. The 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous provides the framework to slowly but surely attain this new mindset.

How do you do the 12 steps to life? ›

It's easy to apply the 12-Steps if you think about it:
  1. Make a visual representation of the 12-Steps. ...
  2. Acknowledge some of the major questions that you may be having about the 12-Steps. ...
  3. Read books that promote what you're doing. ...
  4. Make an active decision to add more love and connection into your life.
17 Mar 2020

What are the 4 elements of addiction? ›

The four C's of addiction are a helpful tool in distinguishing between addiction as a mental health disorder demanding treatment and other types of addictive behaviors. The four C's are compulsion, cravings, consequences, and control.

What is the pathway of addiction? ›

Addictions center around alterations in the brain's mesolimbic dopamine pathway, also known as the reward circuit, which begins in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) above the brain stem.

How long is a drug life cycle? ›

The average lifecycle of drug development from discovery to approval is about 12 years. Furthermore, only 10% of drugs from the preclinical phase become FDA approved. Ultimately, the goal is to have safe and effective drugs available.


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