5 Resources for Going Alcohol Free
When I was questioning my drinking habits, I found the amount of books and resources out there overwhelming. Keeping in mind that there is no one "right" way to become alcohol free, these are my top 5 resources when you are ready to explore sobriety, or just cutting back on your drinking:
- The Alcohol Experiment is the brainchild of Annie Grace. It is a 30-day experiment in going alcohol free. I loved the non-judgmental, supportive, and scientific approach of the program. Better yet, it is totally free. Just sign up online to get started. You'll get daily emails and video messages from Annie, as well as journaling prompts to help you explore the subconscious reasons behind your drinking.
- This Naked Mind is Annie's well researched and easy to read book about the truth behind alcohol and why we drink. This is the perfect companion to the experiment.
- Anything by Pema Chodron is so thought provoking, but I started with Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears. I was first introduced to Pema on one of Oprah's SuperSoul Sunday podcasts and her words resonated with me so much. I since have sought out more of her work. If we want to live, to be Real, we need to pause in THIS moment... it is the only thing we truly know. So much of what our lives focus on - our hurts, anxieties, embarrassments, worries... even our striving, is not Real. It is just a product of our mind. I encourage you to start exploring who you are beyond those thoughts and emotions.
- Online support groups helped so much in knowing that so many others out there are going through the same experience. Useful Facebook support groups include The Alcohol Experiment group and Sober Mommies.
- The blog Hip Sobriety was such a refreshing find for me. Holly Glenn Whitaker writes in a disarmingly honest and funny way. I love the Hip Sobriety manifesto, particularly the item that says you don't have to hit rock bottom.
"If you're worried about your drinking, if it's causing shame or fear or keeping you from the life you're dreaming about, that's more than enough to begin. And the sooner you start, the easier it is." - from The Hip Sobriety Manifesto
Have you thought about taking a break from drinking or stopping entirely? Leave a comment and share the resources that have helped you.