My cousin gave up drinking about 7 years before me. He was the inspiration behind me giving up alcohol as well. I figured if he could do it then so could I. He also became my official ‘sponsor’ and answered my calls sometimes in the middle of the night when I felt the urge to have a drink. He was brilliant in talking with me, most importantly listening to me. This blog is dedicated to all the sponsors out there that are helping people overcome their addition.
I started out using Twitter and found a lot of like minds that collectively helped inspire me. I follow a small number of people, all of which I’ve got help from or tweeted with and each helped me on my way. I then started this blog as I found that I wanted to put together longer posts and talk in more details about how I actually got through the process of giving up.
I realise not everyone has yet got to the point that I did and are still drinking, or just cannot give it up. Alcoholism is a disease and needs treatment. If you’re struggling, then you should think about professional help and there are a number of charities around that can give you some guidance. Alcohol Concern in the UK would be a good starting point, so too would contacting your local doctor who will be able to give you more help as well as point you in the direction of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Luckily for us all, the Internet is with us and offers tons of resources as well as helping to keep things anonymous, which is what most people want to do.
Here are some sites that can offer help with regular tips and news that might help you on your journey.
Alcohol Support (UK)
Re-Thinking Drinking (USA) – helplines etc.
Alcohol Concern – Dry January
Go Sober For October – Macmillan Cancer Charity
Lisa Neumann’s Blog on Programming an Addictive Mind