Getting Sober – What Are Your Best Options?
When choosing a door to start your journey to sobriety, the information about getting sober can be daunting.
Here’s what you need to think about:
Don’t Go It Alone
You may think that you don’t need other people or a system but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
If you’ve heard about this person or that person that got sober without any help, you may be tempted to think that’s the way to go.
But think about this for a second. If you’re trying to get sober on your own you are essentially isolating yourself. Isolation is your worst enemy when it comes to addiction.
You need a tribe, and if not that then just someone, anyone, in your corner who you can trust and will stand by you during your journey to sobriety.
This is why sobriety groups are popular, but they are definitely not your only option.
Moderation management is a group type program that is based on behavioral change. It has a keen focus on moderation instead of abstinence.
Moderation Management is a 9 step program and generally works best for heavy drinkers who aren’t necessarily all the way to alcohol dependence yet but could be on their way if their drinking isn’t moderated.
However, they do state that more or less 30% of their members move on to a traditional AA type approach.
You really need to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
AA or Alcoholic Anonymous is a 12 step abstinence group, that has daily meetings that you can attend whenever you should need it.
However, how effective AA is for you as a person depends on a few factors such as your willingness to participate in the 12 steps and your initial sobriety to be long enough to be able to actually focus on that.
There’s a vast movement towards the notion that AA is ineffective in the sense that it focuses on your powerlessness against alcohol, which means that you might get stuck with this mindset that you aren’t strong enough to beat this from the word go.
However, some people swear by it. They attribute the success of their sobriety to that of having a sponsor, who is your go-to person when you the going gets rough on the road to sobriety.
But remember what we said? You need someone in your corner because that’s how you stay sober.