Ready for change? Not sure where to start? We’ve got you. Plans for change are about the journey, not the destination. A runner is not marathon ready overnight. Change is a process with many “steps” along the way. By reading this, you have taken the first step! You recognize that you want to make a change. Now what? Here are some tips to follow to help you create a plan that works for you. 

Step 1: Identify Your Support System

You don’t have to do this alone. It is okay to reach out for that helping hand when you need assistance! Identify a circle of friends, family, and/or professionals that can provide helpful support and feedback as you work towards change. People need people, and the more you connect, the more confident you will feel in your change process.

Step 2: Creating Your Goals

Goals come in all shapes and sizes. You may have a goal of stopping the use of alcohol completely, or you may want to reduce your drinking by 1-2 drinks a week. Or maybe you want to switch from liquor to beer when you choose to drink. Whatever your personal goal is, try writing it down and sharing it with your support system. Power in numbers!

Step 3: Create Your Trigger Journal 

What is a trigger journal? This type of journal helps you to identify and write down situations, people, places, and/or things that may make it more likely for you to drink alcohol in a way that is not in line with your goal. Once you have those triggers written down, you can begin to write down activities that you can do to help support your goal to reduce your alcohol use. Much like the runner, the more you train for and practice these new activities, the stronger you will feel when triggers happen.

Step 4: Set Your Timeline

You have started down this path because your current habits are not working for you, and you have decided it is time to make a change. There is a popular saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” 

You are motivated, you are ready … When do you want to start?