I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition over the summer. With that diagnosis came a lot of new treatments, new ‘tools’ to help me manage my condition. I also worked with a clinical nutritionist who specializes in skin conditions, was referred to a dermatologist and hired a naturopath. I am happy to say that my condition is improving, and I am continuing to try new things (such as Sepia, ink from cuttlefish, a homeopathic remedy).
As I ordered some peat mud shampoo, I started thinking about the tools we use on our alcohol-free journey. We might try a few things and, if they don’t seem to be working, we might give up, or assume nothing will work. I also see that many of us want a quick fix, and we forget that our pattern of drinking has persisted for years. When I started working on my own healing journey, I knew I would have to be patient and try lots of different things. There is no one size fits all when it comes to our health or when it comes to our drinking.
I like to remind my clients that there are dozens and dozens of tools to try when it comes to removing alcohol from our lives. If you have struggled and feel discouraged, I want to remind you, you haven’t tried everything yet. You might have tried a group or program, but you didn’t stop drinking. Keep trying. You might have made a little bit of progress but now feel stuck: revisit some of those old tools. The new you, the one with some success, has a new perspective that just might shift everything. I have read countless success stories that ended with: “one day it just clicked”. The reality is, the ‘click’ comes from small steps in the right direction. It comes from dusting off the tools we have tried before and from gathering new tools.
If you are ready for some new tools and strategies, I invite you to check out my newly revamped program “How to Stop Drinking in Your 50s and Beyond”. Now included is a new resource library and weekly group coaching. Don’t just stop – create a life you don’t want to escape from!