Alcohol addiction relapse is triggered by emotional upheaval and a powerful inner desire to drink. A single trigger can make your rational side shut down; minutes later, all that’s on your mind is to get a drink. Before you know it, you’ve relapsed.
There is no single ‘best’ way to quit drinking. You need to treat your mind, body, and spirit—your whole self, and not just the addiction, so you don’t fall back again.
Massive action on your part and a holistic approach to recovery are the secrets if you want to combat this powerful desire to drink. Here are some strategies for a holistic approach to recovery:
Do Something Right Now
Take action. You can’t sit there and think about what you’ll do “tomorrow” every single day. Do something right now.
If you’ve relied on alcohol for emotional release for years, it will surely take a massive effort on your part to rebuild your life. You will not see results overnight. As difficult as it might be, you can and should do it. Brave up and go to an alcohol rehab in Utah, for instance. It’s your one hope.
Cut Those Toxic Relationships
Distance yourself from other alcohol abusers and other addicts. You don’t need to be around people who will remind you of your grim past; you don’t need people who will only bring negativity and the unnecessary drama in your life. You certainly don’t need people who won’t have your back when stuff hits the fan.
Build relationships with people who want to improve their own lives. Surround yourself with like-minded people, or those who inspire you to be better.
Build Your Self-Esteem
You’ve spent years with self-pity and self-loathing—feelings that often come with being an alcoholic. These are also part of the reason quitting is so difficult. The feelings of loathing and pity create a desire to drink, and in turn, the consequences of alcohol abuse destroy your self-esteem, driving the need for more alcohol. It’s a vicious cycle.
Get in shape, travel, and spend time in solitude. This way, you can build up a strong base of self-esteem for a more positive outlook in life. It prevents stress, which can trigger relapse.
It won’t be easy. It will be a long road and you might falter along the way, but don’t lose hope. If you relapse once or twice, it’s okay—just make sure to do something about it so that your next attempt at recovery will be successful.