If you think it’s time to turn around your relationship with alcohol, you will appreciate these 5 tips.
Different people drink for a wide variety of reasons. While there is nothing wrong with casual drinking, excessive drinking can become the source of many problems such as the breakdown in relationships, addiction, DUI convictions, and loss of jobs.
If your relationship with alcohol has reached the point where it is causing problems in your life, it may be time to redefine it. I’m here to help you to do just that.
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Here are several ways to redefine your relationship with alcohol and turn your life around.
After a conviction for DUI, your driving license will be temporarily suspended. After the license suspension period expires, you can contact your local DMV for its reinstatement. The DMV will usually require that you meet all the terms of your sentencing before reinstating your license, including getting SR-22 car insurance.
This guide on recovering from a DUI conviction can be a good read if you want to know more about the aftermath of a DUI conviction.
When drinking starts taking over your life, you stop tracking how much you are drinking or what triggers the drinking. If you are thinking of turning your life around but don’t have the strength to do it at once, start with keeping track of your drinking habits and the amount of alcohol you consume.
You could also want to document how your drinking is affecting your relationships. Keeping track of your drinking habits helps you know the impact alcohol has on your health and social and financial life, which can become an even greater motivation for quitting.
If, after an evaluation, you realize that alcohol is taking over your life and have resolved to reclaim your life, you have to quit or change your drinking habits. The first step should be clearing all the alcohol in your home or office.
If you have some bottles or cans of booze in your fridge and home, get rid of them. But getting rid of alcohol is not enough; you also have to get rid of anything that is a reminder or a trigger to alcohol, like alcohol-related content like videos and photos of you or your friends drinking stored on your phone. Anything that makes alcohol look like the only way of having fun should leave your life.
If you are hoping to succeed with dropping your drinking problem, you have to get something to take its place. Staying idle creates room for boredom which could get you back into your old habits.
Pick something you love doing and let it occupy your time. For example, you could take up walking after work, biking, fishing, hanging out with your kids or spouse, etc.
You will also need to replace friends. Hanging out with your drinking friends increases your chances of slipping back into your habits.
If you are too deep into drinking and feel trapped, it is a great idea to talk to someone about your struggle. Acceptance is a significant step towards recovery, and talking to someone indicates that you are accepting you have a problem. The best people to talk to about your problem are the sober people close to you.
Almost every sober person in your life that has seen alcohol take over your life will be more than willing to walk with you in your recovery journey. Also, having someone walk with you creates a sense of being answerable, which can deter relapsing.
If you are way too deep, you may want to seek professional help, such as going to an alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation center.
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