Go into dry January as a month to enjoy and not a month to endure absination or a punishment for over indulgence at Christmas. Don't worry if you missed the 1st of January start now it's never too late to start!
Tips to succeed..... Stock up on some alcohol-free alternative drinks to try you may well find something you actually like better than your usual drink.
Take the time to really NOTICE how you feel in mind, body and spirit and journal each week about any positive differences you find.
Choose a replacement activity for the time that you would normally spend drinking. You may read that book you keep meaning to or will you go for that walk or will you do some meditation? Try a new social activity or fitness class. Call that friend you usually drink with and invite them for a walk and a herbal tea. Learn to enjoy the positive social interaction without the hangover the next day. Join a community of like-minded people who can support you, who understand the thoughts and feelings you’re experiencing right now.
I recommend Bee Sober, a kind, helpful and supportive online community – free support and advice always on hand.
You could also try our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for extra support.
Be kind to yourself, Get healthier, learn to love yourself and enjoy having more energy and patience.
All the best for Dry January
Carmen Elizabeth ❤ 🙏🏼
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FREE help & support:
You can also find support remotely:
Drinkline, a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else's. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)
Alcoholics Anonymous, whose helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 9177 650 . If you would prefer, you can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or live chat via their website at www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk.
You can join a SMART Recovery meeting online here. SMART holds both face-to-face and online meetings which support people in managing harmful addictive behaviour. The SMART Recovery Programme helps individuals and family members of those who are struggling. They also have women's only meetings and those specifically for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Al-Anon which offers support and understanding to the families and friends of dependent drinkers. You can call their confidential helpline on 0800 0086 811 (open 10am-10pm). There are lots more resources for families and friends here.
Nacoa support anyone affected by their parent(s) drinking, including adults. Here are some of the questions that children often ask about alcohol and the effects on them and their family. For more information, visit nacoa.org.uk, call 0800 358 3456 or email email@example.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
If you are looking for urgent support please contact the Samaritans, who are available 24/7 on 116 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.