I’m John and I am the author of the articles on alcoholism on Stop Alcohol Addiction dot com.
The aim of my blog is to either help you stop drinking, or at least reduce your alcohol consumption drastically to a bare minimum.
I repeatedly use two core principles throughout my articles. Firstly, I want to emphasize that alcoholism isn’t a weakness, or a disease, or a condition you have no power over. You’ve simply cultivated this bad habit over many years. Just like any other bad habit, you can get rid of this one and substitute it with good habits, resulting in you leading a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.
The second core principle is that taking action is the single most important thing you need to do to start the process of change. It does not matter if the initial action you take is small, or easy. The mere fact that you’ve started doing something to solve your problem will start your journey to sobriety. There is an old maxim that described insanity as doing the same things repeatedly, but expecting a different result. Although this is certainly true, the opposite is too – when you do things differently in your life, you’ll achieve different results. To take action and do things differently are the sanest things you can do!
Why Follow My Advice?
At this stage, you might be unsure about following my advice, rather than asking a doctor, a friend, or someone else close to you. I believe you should explore all possible solutions that might help you solve the problem. You don’t know when a specific idea might hit home and give you the solution to beat your addiction.
I’m not an expert on alcoholism. I have however spent too many years of my own life drinking far too much. The articles on this website simply describe the steps I’ve tried to help solve my problem, or share thoughts I have that you may find useful.
The articles published on the blog are not meant to convince light to moderate drinkers to stop drinking completely. In general, there is nothing wrong with a few occasional drinks. “Moderate drinking” is unfortunately a slippery slope for some, as one of the first things that is likely to disappear with alcohol use is your sense of judgment. Having one glass of wine at dinner every second or third day often escalates into having 3 or 4 glasses, or even a bottle per day.
It is often painfully obvious that some people find it difficult to stop after the 1st or 2nd drink, and need to carry on drinking to feed the addiction. For people that are not able to stop after a few drinks, abstinence is the only solution. If this describes you, I strongly suggest that you read a great number of the articles on this site if possible. I’m sure that in between them, you will find ideas and tips that will help you get back in control of your life.
Do You Want to Stop Drinking?
Why have you decided to visit this blog today? One side of your mind might be trying to convince you that you only drink moderately, and don’t need to stop drinking, but yet another part of your mind acknowledges that you do in fact have a serious drinking problem.
Do you think that it might perhaps be time to take an objective look at your life, and actually make the decision to do something to change it?
It could be that your day didn’t go well today and that is why you are here. Maybe the trigger was any of the results of alcoholism: money and time wasted, irrelevant arguments, maybe even driving while under the influence. It might be that something deep inside you finally couldn’t take it anymore, such as a general feeling of being “sick and tired” of the results of alcoholism. You may have screamed, “I need to stop drinking” in your head millions of times. You may even talk to God about it, or perhaps to yourself. Are you perhaps here to see if you can find help for a loved one or a friend?
Whatever drove you to be here, please feel good that you have actually taken a step to start the process of resolving your situation, rather than simply wishing your problems would magically disappear.
Now for some good news, if you truly want to stop drinking, and you honestly want to change, then reading these articles on alcoholism is a great first step in starting that journey. It’s highly likely that you won’t agree with everything you read, but I do promise you this – if you continue looking for a solution to the problem, you will find it sooner, rather than later.
I also want you to realize and acknowledge that there is a better you inside of you. The better you might be hidden deeply, but I assure you that it is eager to get out and show the skills, talent and personality that alcohol has “taken away”. The minute you stop drinking, or reduce your drinking to a bare minimum, you will look and feel healthier and your world will become joyous again – Isn’t that exactly what we all ultimately want?