Spontaneous sobriety might sound funny but it just means recovering from alcohol dependency without any formal treatment.
But you can’t quit drinking without rehab or a 12 Step program, right? Actually, you can! 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, success rates of traditional recovery program are wholly unknown but experts believe them to be in the single digits.
What makes spontaneous sobriety a better choice?
It’s all about the approach. Most treatment programs have people spend a significant portion of their time focused on maintaining their success. Sobriety in these programs is almost a chore with daily readings, discussions and focus on how to avoid failure.
Those who quit drinking without the trappings of a formal program 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.
The conflict that comes into play when you want to quit drinking is cognitive dissonance – the mental stress or discomfort that is experienced by someone who holds two contradictory values, ideas, or beliefs at the same time. It is very difficult to be happy or at peace when we do something part of our brain doesn’t agree with. We will go to incredible lengths to overcome the dissonance and restore internal peace. Many times it creates a vicious cycle. Your conscious and unconscious mind are constantly in battle with each other creating turmoil and guilt.
If only it was as easy as simply changing our behavior. If just stopping drinking was enough and you could move on. That’s not how spontaneous sobriety works though, with spontaneous sobriety it’s about changing our very thoughts and beliefs when it comes to alcohol. It’s undoing the conditioning that alcohol is our friend, that it helps us handle stress and improve our lives. It’s taking away the idea that you will be losing something when you quit drinking. It will make you unhappy. You’re going to lose your happiness.
How do you undo all those beliefs though? It takes a mind that is pliable enough and strong enough to change all of itself—both the conscious and the unconscious. This Naked Mind does that work for you. Working through the book, you start changing your unconscious mind, so you can easily and peacefully end the conflict inside your brain. You may have been living with division in your brain for years, even decades. Only you know how much pain and suffering this has caused.
Spontaneous sobriety doesn’t mean you’ll be deprived or missing out on anything. Instead it will be giving you back all of the pieces that you lost of yourself while drinking alcohol. Your social life will be more active since you’ll no longer be isolating yourself to cover up the amount you’re drinking. You’ll feel in control and prepared at work. You will actually remember the fun you had with friends. Rather than attending parties and trying to find ways to avoid alcohol as you would in a traditional treatment program, you won’t be affected by its presence at all since your desire to drink will no longer exist. There’s no fear of failure because there is nothing to lose. You’re only gaining.
To find yourself again, and to restore your happiness, it is vital that you remove the disagreement inside your mind. Reprogram your unconscious mind and get back everything you’ve been missing.
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