Cutting Down vs. Quitting
Melissa Borlie Says...
I applaud your realization that you have a problem; many people never do. If you are considering cutting back on the number of days you drink, then please try that first. Substituting Valium for alcohol is the same as substituting beer or wine for hard liquor--they are all depressants and have the same effect on the body. The plan you have laid out really changes nothing that is happening inside your body. Why not try drinking every other day and doing nothing every other day?
If you find you cannot cut your intake in half, cut the amount you drink in each drinking session. You are correct that your plan is not in line with the 12 Step model, but those in Alcoholics Anonymous would advise you to continue your plan until you are ready to stop completely. If you find you cannot cut back without serious withdrawal symptoms, please seek medical assistance. Withdrawal from alcohol is the most serious form of withdrawal for the human body. I wish you luck and hope your plan works for you!!
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