There is a lot of information available about how to quit drinking on your own. Unfortunately, most of it is misleading and inaccurate.
There is so much misinformation out there that I would like to correct, but I don’t have time to cover it all. So, I have come up with the key things that work when you want to quit drinking on your own.
I am going to assume that your drinking has become a problem for you and you have not been able to control it or stop it in the past. This means that you are most likely genetically predisposed to alcohol addiction. And in most every case, you are suffering from hypoglycemia and have low-blood sugar.
This is the cause of alcoholism – it is mostly a physical problem with your biochemistry. That is, you are suffering from a chemical imbalance that is not your fault.
This is where traditional treatment normally fails – it only looks at the mental state of the alcoholic. It believes that conditioning the mind is all that is required to stop alcoholism. I can tell you right now that your mind cannot change the physical makeup of your body. Nor can it take away the physical cravings for alcohol.
Following is a summary of the steps you need to take as a program of recovery:
1) Make Sure You Are Ready to Quit Drinking on Your Own.
First, you need to determine if you are ready and willing to stop your alcoholism. You need to understand that when you quit drinking on your own, you must do so absolutely with no intention of trying to drink like normal people.
2) Consult with your Doctor.
If you are a real alcoholic, you are going to go through withdrawals when you stop. This can be life-threatening and may require professional medical assistance. Never quit drinking on your own when you have a large built-up tolerance for alcohol. You need to either taper off the alcohol slowly over time (which almost never works) or go through a detox program.
I know this article is about how to quit drinking on your own – however, in some cases, it is truly impossible without some sort of assistance.
3) Replenish Lost Nutrients
Alcohol consumption drastically disrupts your body’s chemistry. You will need to replenish yourself with heavy doses of essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids, and protein, especially in the first few weeks. You cannot correct your biochemistry overnight – it takes time.
One key ingredient in this is the amino acid L-glutamine. It is proven that glutamine drastically reduces sugar and alcohol cravings.
4) Change to a Hypoglycemic Diet
This diet means no alcohol, sugar or simple carbohydrates. It is critical to the long-term success of this program that you maintain control of your blood sugar. This will in turn remove any cravings you might have for alcohol (which is the quickest way to get the sugar into your bloodstream and to your brain.)
5) Exercise Regularly
Regular exercise is critical to your well-being. Exercise produces endorphins and is a natural anti-depressant. It doesn’t need to be rigorous, just consistent on a daily basis if possible.
Remember, this is just a summary of the step you need to take to quit drinking on your own. For more information, see HowToStopAlcoholism.com.