What Are the Benefits of Giving Up Alcohol for 90 Days?

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The benefits of giving up alcohol are many as the mind and body heals and repairs itself from any of the damage caused by overuse.

Giving up alcohol for 90 Days is a positive step in the right direction, retaking control of your life and zest for living.

When stopping, you may consider long-term residential treatment at Abbeycare Scotland or Abbeycare Gloucester, a programme that has been developed for those suffering from alcohol dependence. 

Attendance on a longer term treatment programme may be just the right antidote.

The Benefits to giving up alcohol for 90 Days

  • The mind and body is given time to heal from the damage of addiction
  • The longer time spent away alcohol the better life can become
  • Build a mental defence through motivation and inspiration from others on the same path
  • Clarity of thinking returns
  • A renewed sense of self is awoken
  • Energy levels improve
  • A once disrupted sleep pattern returns
  • Family members and loved ones begin to feel hopeful
  • Lost dreams are awoken
  • Feelings of guilt and shame disappear
  • Fear is replaced with hope

The Benefits of Attending Rehab During the 90 Days

Staying in a facility that has been specifically designed to help aid recovery by the implementation of various treatment modalities and holistic therapies. Supports the transition from dependence to independence for alcoholism. 

And has many beneficial components:

  • A safe and professional detox (Clinically Managed Detox)
  • Peer Support
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Psychodynamic Therapy Sessions 
  • Understanding of the reasons behind why you use alcohol

You may consider the benefits of a 28 Day or longer specialised recovery programme when deciding to stop alcohol for 90 Days.

The 28 Day programme at Abbeycare has been created to ensure the participant has a full experience of recovery by attendance on the many therapeutic interventions delivered.

These tried and tested approach’s use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT, Motivational Enhancement Therapy MET and the 12 Steps to bring about a full and robust change of thinking and behaviour conducive to long term sobriety and freedom from active addiction.

Participants take part in daily therapeutic group work as well as 121 sessions with trained Psychotherapists.

The whole programme is designed with active recovery as the main ingredient and residents are transported on journey from active addiction to freedom from the bondage of problematic substance use.

What happens when you stop drinking for 90 days?

When you make the decision to stop drinking alcohol for 90 Days there are a few things to consider before stopping:

  • Do I need a detox?
  • Do I have a plan and a support network?

If you don’t have a support network or somebody impartial you can talk to consider this before stopping. There are lots of self-helps groups available and a quick search will help you find the right one.

From AA Alcoholics Anonymous to SMART Recovery having a support network on quick dial when you feel like drinking will really help.

So what happens when you stop drinking:

  • Withdrawal – intensity depends on amount and length of time alcohol has been used
  • Physical cravings – the body will crave more alcohol and display symptoms that can be alleviated by alcohol
  • Mental cravings – the mind may become obsessed or consumed with thoughts or drinking
  • Low mood- initially after stopping the mood of the ex-drinker may become low

Week one:

  • Withdrawals subside
  • Body starts to feel better
  • Mind is clearer
  • Mood improves

Weeks two onwards:

All of the above continue to improve as well as sleep patterns and appetite.

What are the benefits of giving up alcohol?

The benefits of giving up alcohol are many and varied. Let’s consider a holistic approach i.e. mind, body and soul.

A holistic approach to recovery from alcohol is recommended. In this approach consideration is given to the following three areas mind, body and emotions or feelings:

The mind – addiction can cause internal turmoil. Accepting the problem is the use of alcohol and removing the problem will slowly calm the mind.

The body – addiction can cause physical health problems, and, in most cases, detox is required. Abstinence from substances restores the body to healthier more energised place.

Emotions and Feelings – overuse of alcohol can bring about feelings of guilt, shame, anger, regret, remorse, low self-worth and self-pity.

Making a decision to embrace recovery and stop using alcohol can reverse those feelings. They are replaced with hope, happiness and relief.

Other benefits include:

  • Family and loved one relationships
  • Energy levels increase
  • Better work/life balance
  • Improved finances
  • Sleep pattern returns
  • Healthy eating/living
  • Skin improves
  • Physical health issues decrease
  • Mental Health improves

The benefits to stopping alcohol are endless. The biggest benefit as shared by most people who stop is a sense of freedom and the return of joy to their life.

How to stop drinking alcohol completely?

Stopping drinking alcohol completely may seem too big a task. In order to stop drinking alcohol completely people are encouraged to stop one day at a time. This seems less of an unachievable challenge and more manageable.

To stop drinking alcohol altogether there are a few handy tips:

  • Seek guidance from a professional or someone who has also stopped.
  • Address whether or not you require a detox
  • Phone Abbeycare Scotland,  or Abbeycare Gloucester for advice if thinking of entering residential rehab
  • Start the planned detox or have a date to stop after a gradual reduction
  • Take time of work in advance if required
  • Connect with community supports such as AA, SMART Recovery etc
  • Try to talk to someone who can support you through the process each day
  • Drink lots of fluids to flush out toxins
  • Eat well and take light exercise
  • Keep a journal
  • Read motivational and positive wellbeing books

There is only one way to begin to stop. This is by total abstinence.

These statements however ‘do not give the craving for alcohol’ enough respect. As many who use alcohol don’t want to be using it. They use against their own will.

If stopping drinking was that easy thousands of people each year in the UK would not be admitted to hospital for alcohol related problems or lose their lives as a direct result.

If you feel trapped by alcohol and want to be free. Do your homework, make a plan, tell someone and ask for help.

If you have been struggling with alcohol for some time it may be time to enter residential rehab.

Abbeycare has many ways to support you to stop drinking. Call our number or email us for advice and support from one of our dedicated Admissions Officers.

If you want to stop and stay stop you may require specialist support. As you only need to stop once.

About the author

Peter Szczepanski

Pete has been on the GPhC register for 29 years. He holds a Clinical Diploma in Advanced Clinical Practice and he is a Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Misuse for The Hygrove and works as the Clinical Lead in Alcohol and Substance Use in Worcestershire. To read more about Pete visit his LinkedIn profile.