Well… we all know that alcohol isn’t exactly great for your mental or physical health. I don’t need to tell you that, but here we are…
Let’s see alcohol addiction in a new light.
Imagine alcohol being a clingy, toxic partner that you’re trying to leave forever. It has screwed up your body and played games with your mind, and let’s not forgot the countless times it made you do things that you don’t always remember but you definitely always regret.
When you try to leave it, it tells you:
When you cut ties with it, it starts throwing tantrums with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
It makes fake promises to ease you up a bit, give you fake and annoying charisma, help relieve some stress, or even make you look cool (I hope you’re past that stage by now).
So many people use alcohol as their go-to coping mechanism for the blues, stress relief, anxiety, or just fun when they’re feeling bored.
Quitting means finding new, healthier ways to deal with these moods. That’s the main task.
For some of you, it would mean distancing yourself from friends or coworkers whose only way to socialize and have fun is to go out for drinks.
To quit alcohol for good, you’ve got to tackle both the addiction and the habits, routines, and people that are associated with it, as well as learn to prioritize your mental and physical health first.
Handling Relapses as You Try to Quit Drinking
Every time you fall into a relapse and then get back up again on your journey to quit, you learn something new about yourself, about your triggers, and about human psychology.
That is valuable information, so instead of beating yourself up over it and seeing quitting as an impossible task, utilize this new knowledge and wisdom, and ask yourself this:
The following Affirmations for Quitting Alcohol are designed specifically to cover the different aspects and struggles of alcohol addiction that will help you get into the right headspace to stay committed and determined on your path to getting rid of drinking problems for good.
For your ease, I’ve divided the affirmations into several sections. Here’s an overview. Feel free to jump between sections:
- Affirmations to Quit Alcohol
- Managing Triggers That Lead to Drinking
- Managing Cravings and Withdrawals
- Dealing with a Relapse
- Recovery from Alcohol Addiction
- How to Use These Affirmations to Quit Alcohol
- Additional Resources
35 Affirmations for Sobriety from Alcohol
Affirmations to Quit Alcohol
1. I am in control of my choices, and I choose sobriety for a healthier and happier life.
2. Every day, I am becoming stronger in my commitment to live alcohol-free.
3. My body, mind, and spirit are free from the chains of alcohol, and I embrace a life of clarity.
4. Sobriety empowers me, and I welcome the positive changes it brings to my life.
5. I release the past and embrace a clean future that is full of joy, progress, and self-discovery.
6. My determination to quit alcohol is unwavering, and I face each day with courage and resilience.
7. I am worthy of a life without alcohol, and I celebrate the freedom that sobriety brings.
Managing Triggers That Lead to Drinking
1. I recognize my triggers, and I respond to them with mindfulness and strength.
2. I am resilient in the face of triggers, using them as opportunities for personal growth.
3. I replace negative triggers with positive affirmations that reinforce my commitment to sobriety.
4. My inner peace is stronger than any external trigger, and I navigate challenging situations with grace.
5. I am mindful of my surroundings, making choices that align with my values and empowered sense of self.
6. I release the hold that triggers once had on me, embracing a life free from their influence.
7. I am in control of my reactions to triggers, and I choose calmness and clarity over the chaos of alcohol.
Managing Cravings and Withdrawals
1. I am resilient in the face of cravings, knowing they are temporary and do not define me.
2. My body is healing, and I welcome the discomfort of withdrawal as a sign of positive transformation.
3. I am stronger than any craving, and I choose to nourish my body with health and sobriety.
4. Each moment of discomfort is a step toward a brighter, alcohol-free future.
5. I replace cravings with thoughts of gratitude for a clear mind and renewed energy that sobriety brings.
6. I am breaking free from the chains of addiction, and I embrace the journey of healing.
7. Sobriety is my anchor, guiding me through the storms of cravings with unshakeable strength.
Dealing with Relapses
1. I forgive myself for any missteps and use them as opportunities for renewed commitment.
2. A relapse does not define me. My commitment to sobriety is stronger than any setback.
3. I learn from my experiences, growing wiser and more resilient with each step of my journey.
4. I release guilt and shame, embracing the present moment and my ongoing commitment to an alcohol-free life.
5. I am worthy of love and support, and I reach out to others for encouragement in challenging times.
6. I celebrate the progress I’ve made, acknowledging that setbacks are temporary and part of the journey.
7. With each day, my commitment to sobriety deepens, and I move forward with determination and grace.
Recovery from Alcohol Addiction
1. I create new, positive habits that align with my vision of a healthy and alcohol-free life.
2. Sobriety opens the door to endless possibilities, and I fill my life with enriching and fulfilling experiences.
3. I embrace hobbies and interests that nurture my well-being, replacing old habits with new and positive ones.
4. My life is a canvas, and I paint it with the vibrant colors of sobriety, creativity, and self-discovery.
5. I am the architect of my life, and I build a foundation of joy, purpose, and fulfillment.
6. Each day, I find joy in discovering new passions that contribute to my well-being and sobriety.
7. I am free to create a life filled with happiness, purpose, and meaningful connections, leaving behind the habits that no longer serve me.
How to Use These Affirmations to Quit Alcohol
|Pick the top 10 affirmations for Sobriety that are relevant to your particular situation and resonate with you the most. The ones that connect with you on a deeper level and feel the most meaningful to you.
|Write those affirmations on paper or your phone and dedicate 5-10 minutes each day to focus on these affirmations. Pick a time that suits you best. Be it first thing in the morning, during lunch break, before bed, or when you get the urges and cravings (which is the best time to use these affirmations!).
|As you say these affirmations for sobriety, visualize them as if it’s your current reality. Vividly see yourself in a relaxed state, living an alcohol-free life, handling life with ease, achieving your goals, and operating at your best potential.
|As you do this practice, notice the shifts in your state of mind. Notice how you subtly grow more relaxed and confident, feeling a sense of calm and contentment. Also notice any doubts, negative thoughts, or anxiety creeping in during this practice. Acknowledge those thoughts and gently let them go. It’s okay. You’re doing just fine. Just bring your focus back on positive and proactive thoughts and visualization.
|Be gentle and patient with yourself. It can take some time to start reaping the benefits of this practice. If you don’t feel any significant improvement in the first couple of days, it’s okay. Just trust the process and be consistent in your use of these affirmations.
|Periodically switch up your list of top 10 affirmations and pick new affirmations from this list. Bookmark this page so it’s easier for you to return to this list.
|Remember that affirmations are a “tool” designed to help you positively reprogram your mind toward improvement. Affirmations work best when complemented with practical actions such as setting goals for improvement, taking measures to eliminate negativity and distractions as much as possible, and practicing mindfulness in your everyday life.
One of the most common triggers for alcohol addiction are negative thoughts, stress, and feeling overwhelmed by life. If that is true for you, please read the following in-depth guides:
This article from NIH explains how alcohol addiction works.
Also, check out the following affirmations as they might be relevant to your specific situation. Pick the best affirmations from each and write them down where you can access them easily (or just bookmark the links):
I hope these affirmations help you get rid of drinking problems and manage your triggers and withdrawals. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip and relapse. Keep trying.
Remember, nobody is perfect and we all have our own share of struggles and challenges. That doesn’t mean that we can’t love and respect ourselves or love life.
So make sure to take good care of yourself! Wishing the best for you, always!
See you in the next one!