Why a quit drinking Bootcamp works so well
A one-day event that promises to give drinkers to tools to get back in control of their life and deal with deal with alcohol addiction. All this without any need for AA, expensive inpatient rehab or ineffective willpower.
Too good to be true?
Society has long since agreed that quitting drinking must be difficult and uncomfortable at best. Hollywood has shown us time and time again that the battle against excessive drinking takes months of therapy.
So, you may be wondering how it could be possible to deal with it in just one day.
First, let’s deal with a very common scare story about going cold turkey. Quite often I get angry emails from people warning that what I am proposing will kill people.
‘Why don’t you understand that quitting drinking suddenly is fatal’, they scream at me in upper case letters.
This is a well-known tale of woe for sure
Actually, the PR and marketing departments continuously peddle this story to keep it firmly front of mind.
Nothing is perhaps more stressful to an addict than the thought that there is no escape and they are doomed to spend the rest of their lives trapped in the never-ending loop of addiction.
What do drinkers do when they are stressed? That’s right – they drink! So, you can see why the drinks manufacturers invest so much money in keeping this story fresh.
A little bit of knowledge
As the saying goes, a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. There is an element of truth to this story but it is so distorted from the bigger picture that quoting it is a bit like claiming that getting in a car will kill you.
Of course, there is a chance that a car journey will end in a fatal crash but it is not the likely outcome.
Equally, there is a chance that suddenly quitting drinking will lead to your death but it’s unlikely for the vast majority of people who discover the Stop Drinking Expert website.
What type of drinker are you?
The drinkers at risk from stopping drinking cold turkey are the ones who are consuming so much alcohol and with such frequency that their life has all but been taken over by their addiction. They drink daily and to such a level that they are no longer able to function properly in society.
These people struggle to hold down any sort of employment, are constantly failing to meet their obligations and in regular trouble with the law (for such things as driving under the influence etc).
These type of addicts rarely find the Stop Drinking Expert website and never attend a quit drinking boot camp. Simply put, they are too far down the road of severe alcohol addiction and require long-term, inpatient care.
The legend of instant death
The story that quitting drinking is fatal is based around a small subsection of this sort of drinker.
It is true that if someone so chronically addicted to alcohol quits suddenly, they will experience extremely uncomfortable and distressing levels of withdrawal.
If they also have serious underlying health problems, such as epilepsy for instance. There is a chance the withdrawal will force their other conditions out of remission.
A severe epileptic fit can kill you; there is no doubt about it. But to point to this sort of event and apply a broad strokes rule that ‘quitting drinking is fatal’ is not an accurate assessment of the situation.
Problem drinkers are not alcoholics
The vast majority of people who find my website and come to a quit drinking boot camp are highly functional problem drinkers. They are holding down jobs, looking after their children and generally living lives that (on the surface) appear entirely normal.
The problems are for the most part private and personal to the individual. They are aware that their health is being badly damaged, they can feel their drinking becoming more and more of a problem and the cycle of regular (or binge) consumption is making them miserable.
You are not broken
We problem drinkers do not meet the stereotype of ‘alcoholic’ portrayed by the television and movie industry.
When I first plucked up the courage to talk to my doctor about my drinking. He listened to my concerns and made note of how much I was drinking and then cheerfully advised me that I need not worry because I was drinking less than him.
How does a quit drinking bootcamp work?
The problem functional drinkers face is a combination of living in a distorted reality and trying to use the weak and ineffective conscious mind against the powerful and omnipotent subconscious mind (where our drinking behavior resides).
Using willpower to fix a drinking problem has a 95% chance of failure. And yet despite those terrible odds we still roll out willpower as to a go-to solution for alcohol addiction.
A day full of light bulb moments
On my quit drinking Bootcamp I take attendees through a precise 5 step process called the AGOWA system:
- A – Awareness of the problem
- G – Goal setting (what do you want to achieve a complete cessation of drinking or to cut back)
- O – Opportunities and obstacles. Quitting drinking is easy, stay quit is the challenge. That’s why we dedicate a healthy portion of the day to making the paradigm stick.
- W – Way forward. Life without alcohol has to be better than a life with it, otherwise, you are not going to stay sober for long.
- A – Actions. I show you how to kill cravings for alcohol quickly and efficiently using a unique 3 step process.
An intelligent system
Finally, there is a logical, sensible and easy to follow the route out of the alcohol addiction maze. At Bootcamp, there is no judgment or talking down. We are all in the same boat.
I explain to you how the drug has managed to manipulate you for so long. It’s a bit like going to watch Penn & Teller perform an illusion. The first time you see the trick you are amazed and can’t believe your eyes.
For all intents and purposes, it really does appear to be magic.
Then when they reveal how the trick was performed it changes. At that moment it stops being ‘magic’ and becomes something much less impressive and powerful. Just another piece of theatre and nothing more.
Bootcamp reveals the illusion
The same thing happens at Quit Drinking Bootcamp. You see that drinking never really helped you relax, never helped you get to sleep or made you more fun to be with a party. It was all a clever illusion.