Did you know that It takes an average of 10 years for a person to quit drinking?
This is according to an extensive study that looked into how long it takes for people to seek treatment after they begin to experience symptoms of alcohol use disorder or other substance use disorders. Although AUD is a spectrum, some of those symptoms can include having alcohol cravings, increased difficulty recovering from hangovers, drinking even though it makes depression or anxiety worse, an increase in tolerance that causes you to drink more, just to name a few. But 10 years is a long time to experience the worsening effects of alcohol use disorder, which is why we’re telling you how you can start doing the work *right now* to stop drinking in the long-run.
These are actionable steps that you can do today, but there is no “quick fix” to recovering from alcohol use disorder, especially since many of us drink to mask symptoms of larger issues. While quitting drinking isn’t easy, you don’t have to let fear or doubt hold you back from starting on your recovery journey. In fact, we have something for that (see #2). You also don’t have to let what you think it means to quit drinking stop you from trying (see #1). And most of all, you don’t have to do this alone (see #3). If you’re curious about what stopping drinking may look like, read on.
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1. Download the free ebook How to Quit Drinking When You Think You Can’t.
It’s not easy to stop drinking, especially when you have limiting beliefs that make you think that you are unable to quit. But in this new ebook (which you can download here!), Tempest’s Founder Holly Whitaker takes us through these beliefs—and how we can overcome them.
Once you download this book, you will be able to read about the 8 common beliefs about addiction and recovery that keep us stuck, lessons on reframing each limiting belief, journal prompts and exercises to shift your mindset, and recommended readings to learn more.
It can take a while from when you begin to suspect that you may want to change your relationship to alcohol to when you take those first steps to when you actually fully do something about it. If you have experimented with taking a break from alcohol before (perhaps with Dry January?) but want more guidance, then this ebook is for you. It’s also a great resource for those who have tried total abstinence but it hasn’t stuck or who have recently quit drinking and want to overcome their fears about it.
We know that the recovery journey looks different for everyone, and that those preconceived notions and fears can become blockers to changing our relationship with alcohol. But that is precisely why this book is here, why it is a resource for you, and why you should get it ASAP. Even if you don’t think you’re ready, if you’re here and reading this, you are probably more ready than you think you are. Download this free ebook today to help you reframe your mindset around quitting drinking.
2. Read 100+ tips for someone who wants to quit drinking but is too afraid to try.
Over a year ago, during National Recovery Month, we decided to ask The Temper audience: What would you tell someone who is thinking about quitting drinking but afraid to try? The answers we got back astounded us, which is why we put together this whole list of over 100 tips we got from our tried-and-true audience of folks who are sober themselves.
We know that it is not easy to drop drinking, especially when fear is holding you back. There are completely normal emotions. Before getting sober, it feels like absolutely everything about your life has to change—which is true and not true. Some things will naturally change, and some things you will actively want to change. But you should not let the fear of change keep you from reevaluating your relationship with alcohol if that is where you are in life.
Quitting drinking is a different journey for everyone, but if it is something that you have been considering, then there is no better time to try than today. And if you need a little push, those 100+ tips on how to quit drinking may just help. Here are a few favorites:
- Pretty soon you’ll realize that you’re not giving up something, rather you’re getting everything you could ever imagine. Sobriety is power, not a loss.
- Your life WILL go on without alcohol! And you will find a deeper love and understanding for yourself that is absolutely irreplaceable.
- You get one, precious life. Don’t let alcohol steal any more moments. Quitting is worth it.
- Try and keep trying. It’s hard as hell, but the payoff is priceless.
- All of the things you used to “need” alcohol for are enjoyable without alcohol. Just try them a few times!
- Focus on creating new healthier habits and hang with people who have hobbies other than eating and drinking.
3. Sign up for Tempest membership to find support to live an alcohol-free life.
If you’re ready to explore your relationship with alcohol then take the next step to live an alcohol-free life with one of our three plan options.
What you need to know, right now, before signing up, is that we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We know that recovery and stopping drinking looks different for everyone, which is why our membership program is customizable and we offer the most effective, evidence-based framework to inform our program.
This is why results from a 2018 study in partnership with Buffalo and Syracuse University showed that our members had a 50% reduction in the symptoms of alcohol use disorder, a 25% reduction in the severity of anxiety and depression symptoms, and over half (52%) of our members reported an increase in quality of life after 12 months.
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When it comes to stopping drinking, it’s okay if it takes you a while to get there. Quitting alcohol can be an easier journey for some, but a harder one for others. The main thing we want you to remember is that, no matter how you get sober or what your recovery journey looks like, it’s okay. Whether it takes you 30 days or 300 days, you deserve a happier, alcohol-free life.