It’s easy to start drinking. In today’s society, it’s considered a rite of passage to have your first drink, and social culture almost seems to revolve solely around alcohol and how best to consume it. People drink heavily on holidays, have champagne or shots to celebrate a win, turn to a glass of whiskey to console a loss, and get together with friends to drink every weekend. At a certain point, your behavior around alcohol may begin to feel unhealthy. If you’re drinking alone often, drinking every night, or drinking to cope with depression, it may be time to consider alcohol rehab programs.
At Oceanfront Recovery, we offer alcohol rehab programs to help you find the root of your alcohol dependency, reach sobriety, and make it last. Our mission is to give you the tools to be your best self. Every substance abuse disorder is different, and that’s why our treatment programs are customized to fit each patient. From executive rehab to gender-specific programs, you have plenty of options. Located in beautiful Laguna Beach, Oceanfront Recovery’s facilities are equipped with new technology and professional and hard-working staff that cares. Call us today at (877) 296-7477 or visit us online to learn more about any of our treatment programs.
Tips for Giving Up Drinking
If you’re noticing drinking habits that you feel may be dangerous or unhealthy, it may be time to try giving up drinking. Your alcohol intake directly contributes to your mental and physical health, and if you’re overdoing it, you’re putting yourself at risk for long-term addiction. Here are some ways to cut back on your drinking:
- Don’t keep alcohol in your home. Even if you’re not trying to quit drinking completely, removing alcohol from your home is a good idea.
- Keep a journal and set goals. A good way to see what your drinking habits are like is to record how much you drink in a journal. You should also set goals to lower your alcohol consumption each week.
- Have “buffer drinks.” Buffer drinks are a good way to slow down your drinking. Have a glass of soda, juice, or water after you finish each alcoholic drink. Sip slowly.
- Find sober activities and hobbies. Go hiking, join a club, start an artistic endeavor, or see a movie with your friends. The busier you are, the less time you’ll have to drink.
- Practice saying “no.” Don’t give in to peer pressure. Suppose you’re planning on going out with friends who drink, practice saying no beforehand. There’s no shame in having an excuse if you feel like you need one but practice it ahead of time too.
Holiday Drinking and How to Stay Sober
It may be more difficult to drink less on holidays, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Holiday drinking is very prevalent in today’s society, but you can develop a good reason not to drink before attending any holiday parties. Volunteer to drive and stay sober for the night to protect your friends and loved ones. Tell your friends you have a headache and you’d like to stick to sparkling grape juice. There’s also nothing wrong with telling them the truth – say that you’re working on cutting back on your drinking, and good friends will be happy and proud of you.
Choosing Oceanfront Recovery
Oceanfront Recovery offers top-of-the-line care for everyone in our alcohol addiction treatment center. You’ll have a team of valued staff at your side as you work through detox, general treatment, and aftercare. Alcohol can feel like it controls you, but wouldn’t you like to take that control back? If you or your loved one would benefit from professional help for an alcohol dependency, call us today at (877) 296-7477.