Resources that Can Help You to Not Drink

Resources that Can Help You to Not Drink

Support is the essential resource to quit drinking and stay sober. It can come in many forms such as personal support from friends and members. Doctors, therapists and counselors are other forms of support to stop using alcohol and maintain sobriety. Furthermore, support groups can be crucial to starting and maintaining recovery.

The Help Guide lists many support groups that range from general to specific issues, so not all support groups are the best fit for every alcoholic in search for sobriety. Ergo, be aware of the different nationally or internationally recognized support groups and the types of needs they meet.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is the most well known 12-Step support, and it is widely available for people who struggle with alcohol abuse and alcoholism. AA uses a 12-Step, faith-based approach to reaching and maintaining sobriety. AA is a free resource for people who struggle with alcohol abuse, and meetings can be found locally through an online search by state and city. Numerous meetings are typically held throughout the week at various locations, and members are free to attend as they choose. Participants are not required to attend meetings, but they are obviously encouraged to do so.

Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA)

DRA is based off the 12-Step method, but is targeted toward people who suffer from co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. This method thrives on fellowship with other people who are going through similar situations; it also connects people with those who have successfully managed their lives in recovery for some time. DRA is an independent, nonprofessional self-help program that supports other people in similar situations—it is a free resource that can help people address their Dual Diagnoses, because it gets them in touch with resources that treat alcoholism and mental health disorders.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)

SOS utilizes a scientific approach that motivates people to reach sobriety and to maintain successful lives in alcoholism recovery. SOS is an alternative to the AA’s faith-based approach, which can help alcoholics who are uncomfortable with the faith-based content of AA. The SOS organization believes that sobriety is a separate issue from religion and spirituality, so the two do not need to be intertwined for people to reach sobriety. SOS is large network of self-help support groups that meet nationwide and help people reach recovery through self-empowerment. It is a free resource, and meetings can be found through an online search for meetings by state and city.

SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training)

SMART Recovery strives to help people overcome drug or alcohol addiction through self-empowerment and self-directed change. The program is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which helps people recognize and avoid their destructive ways of thinking and behaving. SMART Recovery uses a 4-point program to help alcoholics become motivated to change, cope with urges to use, solve problems and balance their lifestyles.

Women for Sobriety (WFS)

WFS was founded in 1976, and it is the only national organization that exclusively focuses on the needs of women who struggle with alcohol abuse. WFS is a free program with nationwide meetings that can be found through an online search by state and city. It operates on the premise that women have different psychological needs than men. The program uses a series of statements as its guideline to emphasize positive reinforcement and cognitive strategies that allow the body to heal through relaxation techniques, dieting, mediation and physical exercise. WFS wants to help women reach and maintain sobriety while growing emotionally and spiritually.

Rehab for Alcoholism

Rehab is typically offered through residential or outpatient programs with residential rehab being the most beneficial form. Rehab provides a safe, productive environment for people to stop drinking and learn how to live without using alcohol. Residential rehab varies depending on the type of program someone enters and its location—some rehab programs are luxurious, while others utilize the outdoors and the bare essentials of camping. Cost of rehab also varies depending on the type of program, location and whether or not personal insurance covers the cost.

Recognize and Learn to Cope with Drinking Triggers

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is a great resource for learning how to stop drinking and maintain sobriety. It posted an article named Rethinking Drinking to help alcoholics recognize external and internal triggers. External triggers are people, places, things and even times of day that provide opportunities to drink or that remind someone of drinking. Internal triggers originate from within and seem to come out of nowhere; they are often linked to emotions. NIAAA provides many coping strategies for overcoming unavoidable triggers.

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