The Best Supplements to Stop Drinking Alcohol
Do not take any supplements listed here without consulting your doctor or other healthcare professional.
I am assuming you came to this website with a desire to stop drinking but were not quite sure how to go about it.
I am hoping by now that desire has intensified, you now see booze for what it really is. You are determined never to drink that foul-tasting, a life-destroying poison that is alcohol again. If you are still hoping to go back to drinking one day, or are planning just to cut down. Let me explain why that is a very bad idea.
Deal with The Kick
All addictive drugs have what is known as a kick, the period after you stop taking them in which the side effects occur. Luckily for you, we are talking about an alcohol kick here, which is relatively mild compared to other street drugs.
The reason heroin is so difficult to get off is that the kick is so intense and painful. Is that the user has to endure agony knowing that all the pain could be made to vanish in a split second by just taking another hit of the drug.
Alcohol withdrawal begins from the moment you take your last sip. It will reach its peak intensity between 24 and 48 hours later.
This is why many people become evening drinkers. The first thing they do when they get home after a hard day at work is reaching for the bottle opener.
As they arrive home, they are exactly mid-way through the most powerful phase of the withdrawal process. Alcohol withdrawal is so subtle that we are unable to identify the symptoms unless we are aware of what to look for. Withdrawal from booze feels like a general feeling of unease. To the everyday person, it may feel a little like stress or anxiety.
Is it Really Stress?
This is why people incorrectly claim that a drink when they get home from work helps them unwind. The only thing that the first drink does is to turn off the withdrawal symptoms of the previous days drinking.
So to a certain extent, it’s true; they do feel instantly less stressed. This is because the general unease and anxiety directly created by the alcohol have now gone.
However, if they hadn’t drunk the day before, it wouldn’t have been there in the first place.
All you are fixing is the previous day’s mistake.
The full chemical withdrawal from alcohol, regardless of the amount you drink, lasts around two weeks. Climbing to a climax around 36 hours after the last drink and slowly fading away to near zero after a couple of weeks.
Because of the hardwiring, you have constructed in your brain and your overactive hypothalamus. You may never achieve total zero, but every day you don’t drink, the base state of withdrawal drops a little further.
If you are currently dependent on alcohol to the point where if you stop you experience traumatic physical symptoms such as spasms, fitting, fever, and vomiting. You will need to see your doctor and explain that you are using this method to stop.
Supplements To Help Stop Drinking: Side Effects
Your general practitioner will be able to give you prescription medication to help suppress these unpleasant side effects while you go through the kick. This is in addition to the supplements to stop drinking that I will give you at the end of this blog post.
You may think a good diet can give you all you need but we drinkers are a special bunch.
This extended withdrawal period is exactly why you cannot safely have ‘just one drink’. That one drink is the reason why 95% of people trying to quit with ‘will-power’ fail.
Just one drink?
One sip of alcohol may take less than five seconds to consume but will start an unstoppable process that will last at least two weeks. During that period a new chemical imbalance will force you to crave another drink. That pain will only stop for two reasons.
Firstly, the discomfort will go away if you take a drink of alcohol, and secondly, that pain will dissipate if you give it long enough.
So in summary, the only way to stop the pain of an alcohol kick is to drink or not to drink. Only one of those solutions doesn’t create another problem the next day, and I don’t need to tell you which one.
If for the briefest moment you start to think ‘just one drink won’t do any harm’ or ‘I will only have one glass of wine with my evening meal’. You are willingly stepping back into the mousetrap and assuming that this time you are safe, one more poke at the cheese won’t make any difference!
A Chemical Imbalance
You drink because there is a chemical imbalance in your brain; but the catch 22 is that while the alcohol gives you a short-term release from the imbalance by flooding the brain with more of the chemicals you crave, withdrawal from alcohol also causes a chemical imbalance all of its own.
So now you have two problems; one created by the booze, and one that was there in the first place. The discomfort of the first imbalance makes you create the second imbalance, and you get trapped in a never-ending loop.
So here is how you break the loop once and for all.
Firstly, stop drinking, I mean today… right now.
Unlike before when you have had this brave moment we are going to do something vitally different.
We are going to stop the first imbalance from triggering the second imbalance. Remember, for the next two weeks you may feel uneasy, uncomfortable and anxious. This is caused by the kick from alcohol, an addictive drug.
Two weeks and Out
The good news is once you get 14 to 15 days sober. The symptoms are so mild you can’t distinguish them from the genuine emotions of daily life.
Second, read the book Alcohol Lied to Me – you can get a free copy here
Third, join the Stop Drinking Expert program
Fourth, get down to your nearest vitamin and supplement store and stock up on the following:
The Best Supplements to Stop Drinking Alcohol: Shopping List
- Broad-spectrum multivitamin
- B Vitamin complex
- Omega 3 capsules (1000mg)
- Vitamin D (20iu per day / per lb of body weight)
- Vitamin K2
- Turmeric capsules (500mg)
Supplements to help stop drinking are not the silver bullet to alcohol addiction. They simply make it easier for you. However, you must get your mindset correct first.
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