How to Stop Drinking Alcohol on Your Own

If you mention to anyone that you think you may need or want to stop drinking it usually leads to a discussion about one or two options. You’re either told you need to go ahead and get yourself to the closest church basement for an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or they might suggest some great rehabs they know in the area. But what you’re probably wondering is how to stop drinking alcohol on your own. Not only is it possible, but it also happens to be one of the most successful ways to stop drinking.

how to stop drinking alcohol on your own

Why would someone want to stop drinking on their own?

Now if you tell someone you want to stop drinking on your own they might have a reaction that’s less than favorable. Why would you ever want to do that? Are you even qualified to do something like that? And besides what’s wrong with doing something like AA? It has worked for so many people.

That’s true, Alcoholics Anonymous has helped thousands of people. Yet it’s much like the stories we hear where people say, ”Well, I never wore a seatbelt growing up and I’m still alive today.” Much as the people who didn’t fare well without a seatbelt, we don’t hear much from the people that didn’t find success in AA. The truth is when it comes to figuring out how to stop drinking, the more options you have the better. 

how to stop drinking alcohol on your own

People do have so many valid reasons for not wanting to pursue the traditionally known ways to stop drinking. After all, Alcoholics Anonymous really isn’t all that anonymous. Chances are you’re going to run into someone you know at one of the meetings. Not everyone’s okay with that. And as for traditional rehab, it can be extremely expensive and have a long wait list;  also most people can’t afford to take that much time away from their jobs and not lose everything in the process.

How to stop drinking on your own

The great news is that the options abound now if you do want to look into how to stop drinking on your own. No longer are you taking a path that no one else has ever walked before. Spontaneous sobriety is actually getting a lot of bandwidth. It turns out that when you stop drinking on your own you’re usually more successful than you are when you choose the options that are more well-known. So while choosing to stop drinking on your own may seem radical it’s actually the most practical choice.

Now, when we say the choices abound on how to stop drinking on your own what we mean is that you don’t really have to do this alone. And how you choose to do it is entirely up to you. You may choose to go to meetings. There are so many groups and organizations available nowadays. You may decide you’d like to take advantage of an online program. Great, programs designed to bring you control in your relationship with alcohol are now easy to find and access. They may be online or they may be a hybrid option. You can also look at medication choices that can help prevent cravings, books, therapy, or even alternative groups that are designed to be active and bring you those endorphins you seek in a different way.

What is equally exciting is the fact that so many groups now exist to help support those that are alcohol-free. We’re going to take a look at all of this and bring you one of the most comprehensive resources on how to stop drinking on your own and how to stay alcohol-free while still loving your life.

What does it mean to stop drinking on your own? (And why should you do it…)

The hardest part of exploring how to stop drinking on your own is the fact that you are doing it alone. It has been drilled into us time and again that the only way you can be successful at finding control over alcohol is with rehab or a 12-step program.


People stop drinking on their own all the time. In fact, people in the US who spontaneously recover from alcohol dependence are between four and seven times more successful than participants in the most well-known treatment approach: A.A. According to a study by the NIAAA, more than one-third of individuals with alcohol dependence fully recovered without any treatment. In contrast, the success rates of a traditional recovery program are wholly unknown but experts believe them to be in the single digits.

Why should you stop drinking on your own?

Well, most treatment programs focus on maintaining sobriety. Staying alcohol-free in these programs can be tedious and monotonous with daily readings, discussions, and focusing on avoiding failure.

Those who quit drinking on their own are more successful in maintaining a healthy relationship with alcohol and are usually more at peace and happy with their decision. They aren’t worried that they are missing out on something by not drinking. They no longer have any desire for alcohol. Without desire, there is no temptation. The focus isn’t on maintaining sobriety but instead on continuing to build a happier and more fulfilling life.

The first step

Okay, so you’re ready to figure out how to stop drinking on your own. First off, congrats! That is a huge decision and you should be commended on your awareness and your motivation. So if no one has said it to you yet – We’re proud of you.

Alright, pep talk over. What do you do now?

Step one is to figure out how you want to do this darn thing. What feels best to you? What do you think you need in order to feel in charge and supported on this journey?

Are you an avid reader? Why don’t you start with some quit lit? The choices abound but we do have a few lists that we’ve put together over the years. There are books geared towards women, towards men, and those that are pretty universal. Some people find that reading a book is all they need and they are free while others see these books as the beginning of their journey and an experience to build from.

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Books aren’t your thing? Never fear – you still have a myriad of options.

Many people have also found freedom from alcohol through podcasts, Youtube videos, and even following alcohol-free social media channels. There is also always the option to listen to audiobooks if you’re more of an auditory learner.

Did you know?

Most libraries now have the option to download books and audiobooks directly to your devices. You can read or listen for free. This is especially beneficial to those who aren’t ready to explain to others about where they are in their relationship with alcohol right now!

Here are a few accounts that can get you started if you’re interested in exploring podcast, YouTube, and social media options.

You want to stop drinking on your own…but with help.

So when you said you wanted to know how to stop drinking on your own, you really didn’t mean you wanted to do this all alone? We get it. And we have options for you there too. So many options and there’s no reason you can’t feel supported without feeling stifled.

Here at This Naked Mind, we offer a variety of options when it comes to stopping drinking on your own while having support available to you. If you’re looking to just have some lessons to help you take a break from alcohol and maybe a community to fall back on, check out The Alcohol Experiment. It’s a guided 30-day break from alcohol that includes free daily lessons and a supportive community all housed inside our This Naked Mind Companion App. Over 400,000 people have changed their relationships with alcohol through The Alcohol Experiment. A few times a year we also offer the Live Alcohol Experiment where you can take advantage of daily group coaching opportunities for additional support and a small fee.

Additional options available to you

Do you think you might need a bit more than lessons to help you get started with stopping drinking on your own? Never fear! We have a program for you as well. The PATH: Freedom Accelerated is our 90-day program that is packed full of coaching, community, content, and connection! Daily lessons, daily coaching, a supportive community, and more are all inside the PATH. Join the thousands who have discovered how to stop drinking alcohol on their own with The PATH.

Not really a people person? Do you want support but on a more personal level? This Naked Mind has a global team of coaches all certified in This Naked Mind Methodology. Head here to see a list of our coaches and book some discovery calls. Once you find the right fit for you, you can start working one on one with one of our coaches. One of the most reassuring things about working with a This Naked Mind Certified Coach is they have been where you are. They also had their own struggles with alcohol. They are proof that not only can you stop drinking alcohol on your own but you can flourish after doing so!

What other options exist if you want to stop drinking alcohol on your own?

We know that This Naked Mind isn’t the only program out there to help people stop drinking alcohol on their own. In fact, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. That’s why we are thrilled so many options now exist that allow people to find the program that is right for them right now. And if circumstances change, it’s reassuring to know that you can try something else until you find what brings you lasting change. Check out our round-up of alternatives to AA here.

Do you need medical support to stop drinking?

First off, if you think you might be physically addicted to alcohol and at risk of suffering from physical withdrawal symptoms – consult a physician before attempting to stop drinking. They will be able to advise you on whether you need a medical detox with supervision. They can also let you know what options will be best for you.

If you’re fairly sure that your dependence is psychological and not physical, keep reading. This is for you if you’d feel more confident if your path to change included a medication component. There is no shortage of options available to you in that aspect as well. Some people find success using the Sinclair Method which uses Naltrexone. You can learn more about that here. Naltrexone basically blocks the pleasurable effects one would experience from drinking.

Others choose a medication like Campral which is used to prevent cravings. Or they may try Antabuse which causes one to feel ill if they do consume alcohol. This study on the use of medications to treat alcohol use disorder is extremely comprehensive. It sheds light on the effectiveness of medications and best practices.

Others choose to work with a naturopath and find herbal supplements or other modalities to be helpful when stopping drinking. Helena Caven and I discussed using herbal supplements o detox in this podcast. I also personally worked with Dr. Terry Trinka, a neurological optometrist, and certified nutritionist, when I was looking for a holistic approach to help treat my depression and anxiety. Dr. Trinka provides in-depth information about a natural approach to healing our bodies as we begin the process of detoxing from alcohol here.

A final note on how to stop drinking alcohol on your own

how to stop drinking alcohol on your own

It can seem as if the entire world is against you when you make the choice to stop drinking alcohol on your own. In fact, just figuring out how to stop drinking alcohol on your own can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. This journey isn’t linear. You can’t fail at it. Even if you choose an option and it doesn’t work for you, YOU HAVE NOT FAILED.

Instead, you have learned what doesn’t work for you. That means you have the freedom to go back and try something else, or to add something to your toolbox that can allow you to be more successful. Making the choice to stop drinking shouldn’t come with a litany of rules or ultimatums. Instead, it should be more of a buffet where you can pick and choose until you create the life and support that brings you lasting change and freedom from alcohol.