Alcoholism Self Help
Medically Reviewed By Nicole Arzt | Last Edited : February 02, 2021 | 4 Sources
There are many resources out there for those worried about the drinking of loved ones or who want to deal with their own drinking problems
There are plenty of resources out there that claim to give you the secret to quitting drinking. Unfortunately most of these are not up to the job and are merely produced in the hope of making money from those in pain.
If you decide you want to quit drinking, it’s important to do your research when examining different resources. Be careful of anything that makes an overarching promise. Addiction is complex, and most experts agree that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for care.
In general, you should seek resources that teach you about understanding triggers, setting boundaries, and managing cravings.
Of course, the people creators/sellers of these resources need to be
financially rewarded for their efforts, but they need to also offer real
solutions. All the products you see on this page cost money (and some
quite a lot) but what sets these apart are that they offer real hope and assistance
for those wishing to do something about their drinking. We have
personally reviewed all the alcoholism self help resources listed below
and they all come highly recommended.
We have also included on this page resources for those who drink moderately and want to do so healthily and without risk. Here at the Alcoholism Guide we do not demonize alcohol, used moderately alcohol is of great benefit and we believe that it is everyone's right to drink and enjoy it.
Alcoholism Self Help
Stop or Moderate Your Drinking
Today, there are numerous books and resources you can use to help moderate or stop drinking. Keep in mind that no book can offer a perfect cure. Read at your own discretion and remember that recovery is a unique process. If you have any concerns before starting a particular program, consult with your doctor or therapist.
Do you want help with moderating your drinking? Are you worried that if you continue the way you are you might become dependent on alcohol? Have you been told that Alcoholics Anonymous is the answer? WRONG! AA is for alcoholics, not problem drinkers. "Stop Drinking Alcohol" is an e-book that gives problem drinkers the tools to either return to normal drinking (staying within moderate drinking guidelines) or stop altogether WITHOUT the need for the 12 steps. I highly recommend it as a viable alternative for binge drinkers wishing to cut down on their alcohol consumption.
Spiritual Recovery That Isn't AA
Addiction Free Forever outlines a method of treating alcohol dependence that emphasizes the spiritual but not the shame and powerlessness associated with the 12 steps The core philosophy behind this system is that you can't expect someone to give up alcohol if they have nothing to replace it with. One of the best books out there on beating alcoholism dependence and one that has earned much praise from those it has helped.
Coping With An Alcoholic
Loving an alcoholic is one of the most painful things you will ever have to cope with. Yet, it doesn't need to be, C.P.Lehman in his book, Help Me! I'm In Love With An Addict gives you the strategies that will enable you to find happiness and get your life back on track...as well as other skills that are crucial when attempting to cope with an alcohol dependent
The Naked Mind
The Naked Mind provides a practical solution for treating both the psychological and neurological factors of alcoholism. While sharing her own candid story, she incorporates scientific and social anecdotes throughout her book. This book can help anyone who wants to feel free from the restraints of alcohol.
Quit Like A Woman
In her revolutionary book, Holly Whitaker unpacks the nuances of female-focused recovery. Her work highlights her own experiences with feeling the need to drink at every social event. It also targets the sneaky marketing campaigns designed to target women. Once Holly got sober, she felt the profound need to support other women. Her recovery program emphasizes community, resilience, and strength, and her book promises to change the way you look at alcohol.
The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook
In her interactive workbook, Dr. Suzette Glasner-Edwards draws upon cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing (MI) to help people struggling with alcoholism. Her workbook focuses on balancing neuroscience with psychoeducation with reasonable recommendations for recovery. If you want some practical tips to work on right now, this workbook is worth a try.
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Resources For Moderate Drinkers
Drink Moderately And Stay Healthy
Over 40% of Americans are clinically obese. Being overweight or obese can significantly increase your risk for medical conditions, such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While drinking alcohol does not inherently raise your chances of obesity, many drinks are full of empty calories.
Some drinks can contain up to 1000 calories. Drinking just a few of these beverages a week can ramp the risk of gaining weight. Additionally, some people try to restrict their diets throughout the day by eating less- so they can drink more. This strategy can lead to malnourishment, fatigue, and additional weight problems.
But do not despair, as it is possible to continue enjoying alcohol AND lose weight at the same time. How To Drink While Dieting
shows you how to drink, stay healthy and lose weight.... all at the same time. With over 200 information-packed pages, this is the definitive guide to drinking while dieting.
Alcohol Allergy? No Red Face
It is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen. You are at a party enjoying a glass of wine and suddenly you feel your face start to flush, your pulse to increase and your head to hurt. Other guests are starting to look at your strangely. You excuse yourself and head outside hoping to 'cool yourself down'. Sound familiar? It doesn't matter how much you drink it always happens and is excruciatingly embarrassing, so much so that it it is easier to avoid alcohol altogether. However, there is a solution. The No Red Face Formula has been developed to combat just this problem. Facial flushing can happen if you have a particular enzyme deficiency. It can also occur if you have rosacea. That said, some treatments can help. Do you want to enjoy the occasional drink without the fear of getting flushed? Then maybe this is what you've been looking for.
Lead Writer/Reviewer : Kayla Loibl
Licensed Medical Health Professional
I am a Mental Health Counselor who is licensed in both New York (LMHC) and North Carolina (LCMHC). I have been working in the Mental Health field since 2015. I have worked in a residential setting, an outpatient program and an inpatient addictions program. I began working in Long Island, NY and then in Guelph, Ontario after moving to Canada. Read More
Self-help strategies for quitting drinking provided by Rethinking Drinking: https://www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/Thinking-about-a-change/support-for-quitting/Self-Help-Strategies-For-Quitting.aspx.
Progress in addiction treatment: from one-size-fits-all to medications and treatment matching by the National Library of Medicine: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24580022/.
Adult Obesity Facts provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
Facial Flushing: Should You Worry If Your Face Turns Red When You Drink? Provided by the Cleveland Clinic: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/facial-flushing-should-you-worry-if-your-face-turns-red-when-you-drink/.
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