How to Stop Drinking Alcohol without AA
For the alcoholic, quitting drinking is extremely difficult and something that takes time, patience, and
Recovery is not a task that can be entered into lightly or without reservation. When quitting drinking, many
approaches are available to help the alcoholic assist in their endeavor.
The most well known approach is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). In addition to AA, there are other approaches to
recovery that can be used and each person needs to find the ideal path for them. T
he best approach will be one that is comfortable and employs the techniques that are best suited for each
It is important that the treatments that are used fulfill the social, emotional, and
spiritual needs of the person.
When these needs are met, regardless of the approach that is used, the three-year cure rate is 50%-90% for
many of the new alternative approaches. Some of the new alternative approaches
1. Self-help books: The self-help approach is based on a simple premise, which is for the
alcoholic to take responsibility for his own health.
Once the person knows the specific problems they need to overcome and the best methods to achieve that goal, it
can be done with relative ease.
2. Self-Recovery: By putting together their own plan of action and choosing his own
techniques, the alcoholic takes an active role in the recovery process.
The more common techniques include examining the individual's need for alcohol, decide whether to quit drinking
altogether, or just to cut back, identify the reasons for quitting drinking and sharing the recovery plan with
These are just a few steps that can be involved in self-recovery.
3. Combine more than one approach to recovery: Many people choose to employ the use of more
than one approach in their recovery process.
It is always important to involve other people in the process and it works very well to benefit from a
combination of techniques that play off the success of the alcoholic. Many people will use this approach along with
attending and participating in Alcoholics Anonymous as well.
Regardless of the approaches or techniques that are used in the recovery process, it is also beneficial to
attend a self-help group.
Some people attend these groups to help with the craving of alcohol or the withdrawal effects on their recovery
Other people use the self-help groups to get yet more ideas for what works for recovering alcoholics. It is a
good idea for the alcoholic to share his plan and what he is going through with other people.
It is also important to recovery success to avoid stumbling blocks as much as possible.
Many things can interfere with the process of quitting drinking.
An example of this might be if the recovering alcoholic works in a bar or a restaurant that serves alcohol.
It might be beneficial if not necessary for the person to change jobs in order to remove the temptation from
Regardless of what method or approach is used to quit or cut down on drinking alcohol it is most important for
the person in recovery to reward himself or herself.
They could choose to use the money formerly spent on drinking on something personal or even a reward for the
This keeps the momentum going and increases the chances for success.