Thinking about stopping

These were questions that I started to ask myself when I realised that my drinking was once more problematic and I moved from pre-contemplative to contemplative again:

How do I feel about my drinking?

What are the good things about drinking?

Is there anything about drinking I don’t like?

Do I see myself as a life-long drinker?

How do I see my life in the future if I decide to continue drinking?

Do I have any concerns about stopping?

What would get in the way of stopping?

What would I need to have in place to enable me to stop drinking?

How ready do I feel to stop drinking?

On a scale of 0-10 how important is it for me personally to stop drinking?

0 = not very important

10 = very important

On a scale of 0-10 if I decide right now to stop drinking how confident do I feel that I would be successful?

0 = not very confident

10 = very confident

What are my main reasons for wanting to stop drinking?

What do I think my biggest problem will be if I stop drinking?

I found it important to think about all of these things when considering the change.  I weighed up the pro’s (as detailed here) and con’s (as detailed here) of staying with the behaviour vs changing the behaviour.  Maybe these questions will be useful for you too?

5 thoughts on “Thinking about stopping

    1. Thanks Sobermalarky 🙂 Congrats on your amazing stretch of sobriety too – I popped over to your blog last night and will follow along as inspiration to my journey x

  1. I totally agree we think when we are young that drinking is just a phase that we are going through not something that will stay with us for life.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂 That’s the thing about an addictive substance – we think we have control but eventually it has control of us

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