Reddit: Stop Drinking
This place probably saved my life. I highly encourage you to check it out. Reddit is known for being the most kind place on the internet, but this group is filled with 130,000 of the nicest people I’ve never met in real life. They say that connection is the antidote to addiction and this is a great place to start making those connections.
DSM 5: Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Assessment
The linked document is actually a comparison between the DSM IV and DSM V disordered alcohol use criteria. This was the first thing that I ever looked at that gave me concrete, immutable proof that I had an alcohol addiction. It hit me hard, but also validated what I had been feeling. I had an alcohol problem. If you need a little push, check it out and see where your drinking habits place you on the spectrum.
Recovery focused books:
This Naked Mind By Annie Grace
Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives and worry that it may even be affecting their health. But they resist change because they fear losing the pleasure and stress relief associated with alcohol and assume giving it up will involve deprivation and misery.
This Naked Mind offers a new, positive solution. Here, Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us. Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, this book will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture and how the stigma of alcoholism and recovery keeps people from getting the help they need. With Annie’s own extraordinary and candid personal story at its heart, this book is a must-listen for anyone who drinks.
This Naked Mind will give you freedom from alcohol. It removes the psychological dependence so that you will not crave alcohol, allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). With clarity, humor, and a unique blend of science and storytelling, This Naked Mind will open the door to the life you have been waiting for.
Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction By Noah Levine
While many desperately need the help of the 12-step recovery program, the traditional AA model’s focus on an external higher power can alienate people who don’t connect with its religious tenets. Refuge Recovery is a systematic method based on Buddhist principles, which integrates scientific, non-theistic, and psychological insight.
Viewing addiction as cravings in the mind and body, Noah Levine shows how a path of meditative awareness can alleviate those desires and ease suffering. Refuge Recovery includes daily meditation practices, written investigations that explore the causes and conditions of our addictions, and advice and inspiration for finding or creating a community to help you heal and awaken.
Practical yet compassionate, Levine’s successful Refuge Recovery system is designed for anyone interested in a non-theistic approach to recovery and requires no previous experience or knowledge of Buddhism or meditation.