|Quoting Jake056 (Thread starter):|
Does anyone have any tips to make this happen? AA seems too religious for me, but short of that I'm open to anything.
Very bold move, and very commendable.
Having a very close family member who recently went into Rehab and cleaned themself up from addiction to alcohol gives me some insight into this.
You don't mention whether or not it is a problem other than a health choice (which is fine as well), however, in the case of my relative, it was their choice to decide to get help.
Not that rehab is a place you would need to go, but AA
is definitely a good choice. Yes, does revolve around religion, but if you take the religion out of it, and replace it with a higher power, even someone who has passed away that you were dearly close to, and use that versus using a "god" figure, etc, it can help. My relative was NOT a religious person, and is finding the AA
meetings to be helpful.
Other helpful tips --
--> Identify why you need/want to drink. Do you drink at certain times of the day?
--> Take up a hobby that changes your lifestyle. I.E, reading, exercising, or even taking educational courses to help shore-up your education, while getting you away from the "normal" day to day experiences that you find yourself drinking in.
The biggest single factor is you need help and support from your family and friends. Discussing with them your wishes, will definitely help. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to quit a bad habit (smoking, drinking etc) and having your friends light up cigarettes around you, etc. Not that you expect people to become 'clean' around you, but discussing your intent with them will allow them to make better choices on when and where to do their own bad habits around you.
I wish you luck. The family member I am speaking of in my experience has done tremendously well, and actually surprised all of us in my family immensely. I wish you luck.