"I alone can grant myself the freedom from want."

A Day at a Time

For most people, quitting takes a good deal of energy, strength, and hard work, especially in the first weeks. For awhile, not drinking has to be your primary daily goal. Remember that it does get easier and the effort and hard work does end. Before long, what started as a war winds down to a few little battles once in awhile. The urge stops and, for the most part, getting drunk can become part of the past, if you let it.

If you’ve been off for short times in the past and have gone back to drinking, it is possible that you thought that quitting would be easier. You might also have had a longer period of success at quitting under your belt, but still went back to drinking. Maybe it’s been very hard to begin the effort to quit this time. It will help to remember that it’s been only one sip that made the difference. If you put your mind to it, you can do this.

This decision is very important to your long-term success. At some point after people quit, the ones who make it for good often report a real change in the way they think about getting drunk. Somehow, all the work and difficulties become less important. What becomes clear is that choosing not to drink isn’t so hard and that all that stands between them and their success is a decision. The decision is to not drink – no matter what. Once such a decision is made, it can be a great relief. It’s like lifting a big load from your back and knowing that it is in your power.