How to Stop Alcoholism
This is a mission of finding the truth about how to stop alcoholism. To me, “alcoholism” is just a made-up word to label yet another made-up thing for us to be afraid of and others to profit from. It is really not accurate to label a person who struggles with alcohol an alcoholic.
The truth would shock most people. After years of being told that alcoholics are “powerless”, it goes against the grain to insinuate the opposite. In fact, the latest research has concluded that alcoholism is a metabolic disorder, not a disease. We know that root of the cause lies in the brain chemistry and it stems from the physiological craving for alcohol, not due to any particular psychological problem.
“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.”
William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist
The Physiological Cause
I finally learned the basic cause of alcoholism and how to stop “it”. But before that happened, I struggled for years with what I was told to be a disease. After over 20 years of believing this myth, I found the truth. The disease I was told to believe in was simply intended to convince me that I needed ongoing support and treatment to survive.
You don’t have to be a victim of this false belief anymore. The answer is right at your fingertips. Just choose to believe that maybe there is a better way than the over 80-year-old treatment we have come to rely upon. Turns out this “program” is painfully unsuccessful, yet fed to us as the best way to “recover”. At the end of the day, it really only creates a revolving door of recovery programs.
Rather than beating yourself up, it is refreshing to understand that the main culprit behind anyone struggling with alcohol is physical, not mental. Traditional treatment programs do not adequately address this concept even though scientific evidence has proven it. If you want to discover how to stop alcoholism, we need to look at the health of the neurotransmitters of the brain. We need also to look at the fact that almost all alcoholics suffer from the blood-sugar disorder of hypoglycemia.
In nearly all cases of alcohol abuse, the drinking is started and perpetuated by a physical craving (not a mental obsession). This is the result of a chemical imbalance largely stemming from factors related to improper diet and nutrition. By correcting the imbalance and maintaining the proper regime of healthy living, anyone can correct and stabilize the body. Defects of character have virtually nothing to do with this…you are NOT powerless!
Stop Alcohol Cravings – Diet and Nutrition
In order to stop alcoholism, the main goal is to stop alcohol cravings. This is a process, not an event. This is because most people have been drinking for quite some time before the notice a problem and want to do something about it. The neurotransmitters of the brain are probable all out of whack and need a lot of TLC at first when getting started. In the first few weeks, an aggressive approach toward re-nourishing the brain and body is usually required. Following are some of the key nutrients which will help in this endeavor.
- Niacin (also known as Vitamin B3) has been extensively researched regarding not just alcoholism, but also depression. In fact, Bill Wilson, the co-founder or AA discovered that this vitamin had a profound positive impact on his own struggles with depression, a common factor in alcohol addiction. Most alcoholics are deficient in Niacin.
- Amino Acids also play a key role in the human body with regard to cravings, especially L-Glutamine. It has been shown that a quick and easy way to reduce alcohol cravings is to place the powder from a single 500mg capsule of L-Glutamine under your tongue.
- Vitamins in general play a key role in a healthy mind and body, so a broad spectrum of these nutrients including minerals, oils, antioxidants, probiotics, etc. Higher doses of key vitamins and supplements are required in the beginning stages of healing the brain chemistry. These taper down over time to a more normal intake.
One’s diet is also a key factor in reducing alcohol cravings. The fact that sugar is also a drug and must be limited is a huge part of how to stop alcoholism. Since most alcoholics are hypoglycemic, controlling blood-sugar is of vital importance. The more we feed ourselves with glucose in the form of sugar and alcohol, the more our insulin levels spike. This causes the overwhelming craving that so-called alcoholics almost unanimously claim to be their main problem.
A proper diet also takes into consideration:
In all of this, reading labels is critical. It is the only real way to discover what is actually in the food products you are ingesting. A great model to look at for the best way to eat is to use Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Pyramid. Using this approach, you can not only help stop alcoholism, but also look and feel great.
How to Stop Alcoholism – Getting Started
If you’re ready to get started in the right direction, read through this section to discover the 4 phases you can follow. As mentioned earlier, the journey to health and sobriety is a process, not an event. You can do this in the comfort of your own home.
Phase 1 covers the suggested diet that everyone can benefit from, not just so-called alcoholics. Over the years, we have become accustomed to accepting poor eating habits. Everywhere we turn, the mainstream media brainwashes us with advertising that promotes bad health. In a capitalistic society, the rule is supply and demand. For too many years, we have created a demand for fast and cheap food. Business has answered the call. It is only recently through the information age that people are shifting to a healthier lifestyle.
Phase 2 gives a detailed plan of the nutritional protocol for the first four weeks. This should be started at the same as the first phase. In it, you will be aggressively supplementing your body and brain with the nutrients they need to begin the restoration process. Most of these taper off over time.
Phase 3 gives a detailed plan of the nutritional protocol for the second four weeks. You will continue with the suggested diet as you implement this phase.
Phase 4 discusses the ongoing diet and nutrition guidelines especially taylored toward the person who has a metabolism which is conducive to alcohol addiction. Mind you, I use “alcohol addiction” loosely here because the root problem is sugar and hypoglycemia. Further, since virtually everyone can benefit from this diet, it is simply eating the way nature intended.
Conclusion – The Truth Will Set You Free – A New 12 Steps
So, take the time to learn the truth about “alcoholism” – it is simple. In fact, several doctors have written about this and they are relatively easy to implement. You can learn how to stop alcoholism with the right approach… And, you don’t have to go to meetings or buy into the “powerlessness” concept.
Here are the steps I took which worked for me:
- I admitted and discovered that I am NOT powerless since alcoholism is not a disease.
- Came to believe that I was not insane but had a biochemical, metabolic disorder which could be resolved.
- Made a decision to find the true cause of alcoholism and the reasons people encounter severe alcohol cravings.
- Made a searching and fearless inventory of the proven ways to stop alcohol cravings.
- Admitted to God, myself, and to everyone I possibly could the exact nature of this affliction.
- Was entirely ready to courageously accept the criticism I would receive from the medical establishment, AA and 12 step proponents, and those who refuse to accept a change in thinking.
- Humbly asked everyone struggling with alcohol to learn how diet and nutrition were the most important keys to success.
- Made a list of all parties involved in misleading the public via the “business” of alcohol addiction treatment and became willing to expose them.
- Made no amends to such people and organizations who willfully mislead me and millions of others.
- Continued to take an inventory of new discoveries that could help all those who are struggling with alcohol.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, my overall well-being and the management of my life.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I tried to carry this message to everyone struggling with alcohol and to practice these principles in all my affairs.
Are these extravagant promises? I think not for those who have an open mind and the courage to discover and accept these truths for themselves.
Let’s face it, you can’t use talk therapy or your mind to control a physical craving. This isn’t saying that alcoholism is not psychological as well – but it’s a much smaller part than what we are currently led to believe.
To find the truth, I am asking you to go just a little further… read on through the blogs and pages of this website and “more will be revealed”!
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I welcome your comments – they are greatly appreciated!
However, remember what Albert Einstein said…
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: This page and website is not in any way offered as prescription, diagnosis nor treatment for any disease, illness, infirmity or physical condition. Any form of self-treatment or alternative health program necessarily must involve an individual’s acceptance of some risk, and no one should assume otherwise. Persons needing medical care should obtain it from a physician. Consult your doctor before making any health decision.