There are a lot of people that are suffering from alcohol addiction, and it is hard to blame them when alcohol is everywhere. Every gas station, every restaurant, bars on almost every street, in grocery stores, alcohol is everywhere. When you decide to enter alcohol rehab, whether it is in an actual rehabilitation center or whether you try to do it on your own, there are several things you can do to help prevent you from drinking after having drank for most of your life.
Surround Yourself With Positivity
The urge to drink will probably follow you around for the rest of your life after you decide it is time to stop drinking and become sober. During your alcohol rehab, the urge to drink will be everywhere, and that is why it is important to surround yourself with people that are going to help and lift you up. Chances are that when you were drinking, you were surrounded by other people who were drinking and who probably encouraged you to drink with them. It is going to be absolutely crucial for you to surround yourself with people who will respect your decision to become sober and will help to encourage you through the entirety of your alcohol rehabilitation. This might be the hardest part of your alcohol recovery, because you don’t want to just cut people out of your life that have been in it for a long time, but you also need to think about what is going to be best for you and your recovery and what might cause the urge to drink to be irresistible. Surrounding yourself with positive people who are going to support you during your alcohol rehabilitation is what is going to help you to fight the urge to drink. So this should be the first step on your path of alcohol recovery.
Notice Your Triggers
The urge to drink is going to be stronger than you might expect when ever you decide to stop drinking and enter recovery. You are going to be fighting urges everywhere, every hour of every day. This is why it is important for you to notice what has triggered you to drink in the past and then try to avoid them. Triggers can be anything. It could be a particular smell, it could be memories you have, it could be certain places you go to, or certain people you were around. You have to recognize what it is that triggers your urge to drink and then attempt to avoid those things in order to protect your sobriety during your road to recovery. There are going to be certain triggers that will be unavoidable, like a dramatic emotional event like a break up or a sudden death of someone close to you, but remaining strong through those moments are what is going to help you to suppress that urge to start drinking again.
As if quitting drinking wasn’t already a dramatic lifestyle change, you might want to look at other ways to change up your lifestyle in order to help prevent that urge to drink from overpowering your urge to stay sober. You can try to pick up new habits in order to distract yourself when the urge to drink hits you. Exercise seems to work for a lot of people when they enter alcohol recovery, but maybe that isn’t what you want to do, and that is all right. There are unlimited options when it comes to things to do to help suppress that urge to drink. Just think about what your favorite things to do are: reading a good book, watching your favorite movie, learning how to play an instrument, going for walks through your favorite parks, there are boundless options when it comes to things to do in order to help suppress your urge to drink after having drank your whole life.
Keep Track of Your Progress
One thing that could help to suppress your urges to drink would be to start keeping a journal of your recovery. In this journal you can write down your deepest, most inner personal thoughts and emotions that you might experience during the day. If you keep track of your experiences for a long enough time, then whenever you feel the urge to drink you can go back through the journal and look at how you have struggled in the past and maintained your sobriety. That way you can have a timeline of your recovery and see that even when things got rough you were able to maintain your sobriety, and having that kind of reminder at all times can help whenever the urge to drink hits you unexpectedly.
Focus on Yourself
When you enter your alcohol recovery, the urge to drink will always be there and it will be something you will be fighting pretty much around the clock. It might be selfish to think this way, but focusing solely on yourself will be instrumental to fighting that urge to drink. You have to put yourself first and think what will be best for you. If you think that a particular situation will put you in danger of giving into your urge to drink, then you need to avoid that situation. Same goes for people, if someone you know will encourage your urge to drink, you have to avoid that person at all costs to protect yourself, and simply explain to them that it is in your best interest to not be around them while you are going through your recovery.
After drinking for most of your life, the urge to drink will never leave you while you are trying to remain sober, but you can do things to suppress that urge that will help to protect your sobriety. If you ever feel like you need someone to talk to in order to suppress those urges to drink, don’t hesitate to call one of our counselors at 888-380-0342. They will be there around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to talk you through your urges and help to keep you sober during your alcohol rehabilitation.