One of my “most-asked” questions from people after they’ve read my books or seen me speak, is this:
"How did you quit drinking?"
It's a great question and one I'm happy to answer because I'm super proud of the fact that I've been 100% sober going on over 6 years now...and I used to be a total alcoholic.
In my books and during my live talks I only touch on my struggle with alcohol and my amazing recovery before moving onto the main story, which is where I address the core negative thought patterns that led me to drinking in the first place.
But, when I’m asked this question point-blank how I finally quit drinking for good, my honest answer ALWAYS surprises people.
The truth is, it's because of a book that was written by a man named Allen Carr in the 80's called The Easy Way to Stop Drinking:
**This link goes to the exact book I read to help me quit drinking. Allen Carr has written several other books around this topic, but this is the book I read and that I've loaned out to many people over the years to help them get sober.**
If you've read my book The Gratitude Jar: A Simple Guide to Creating Miracles, then you know my backstory (click here to download your FREE copy of the book if you haven’t read it yet!)
I've had a problem with alcohol since my teenage years, and finally hit rock bottom in my early thirties while using it to cope with postpartum depression and anxiety.
My rock bottom came after a night of extremely heavy drinking at a friend's surprise birthday party - several friends confronted me at that party about how they felt like my drinking was out of control.
"We're really worried about you," they said.
Initially I was mad at them about it, but deep down I knew they were right: Alcohol was slowly ruining my life but I felt powerless to stop.
The morning after that party when I was hungover as heck, I started thinking about how I needed to quit drinking but didn't think I could.
So, I slowly got out of bed and dropped to my knees and asked for help.
I hadn't prayed for a long time and had zero spiritual life at that point, but knew I couldn't do it on my own so I made the Call.
Thankfully, my Call was answered right away.
I got up and went into my living room and grabbed my phone, because something told me to go on Amazon and search for books about how to quit drinking.
The very first book that popped up was Allen Carr's book, so I bought it, read it from cover to cover, and quit as soon as I got to the end of it.
And I can finally, truly, say:
"I am FREE of alcohol!"
I don’t know where i’d be without this book -Definitely not in the awesome place I am now.
This book was one of the best things to ever happen to me and I am so grateful and every morning when I wake up sober and healthy that I read it!
I still don't know how this book works the magic it does to get people to quit drinking, and quit joyfully no less, but it does work for many people (but not ALL people, I'm not promoting this as a "miracle-cure" because there are people who probably need more drastic interventions - but for myself and many others this book has been a godsend!)
If you read through the Amazon reviews for this book people seem downright surprised and bewildered at how easy it was for them to quit after years of struggling with the beast that is alcohol.
There’s an easy way to quit, thankfully.
What's even more amazing is a conversation I had while out to dinner with friends one night, about six months after I quit drinking....
I hadn't seen these friends for awhile and they noticed right away I wasn't drinking, because typically I drank a whole bottle of wine before appetizers even came out.
I told them about the book I'd read that had inspired me to quit drinking. My friend who I'll call Eric, asked, "Who's the author of that book?"
I told him it was Allen Carr, and Eric's eyes opened in amazement, "No way!" he said.
He continued, "I read Allen Carr's 'How to Quit Smoking' book a year ago and quit cold-turkey. I used to be a 3-pack a day smoker, and NEVER thought I'd stop! His quit smoking book changed my life!"
We both just shook our heads and laughed at how incredible it was that we both quit because of these books....after we had struggled for so. many. years.
Anyway, I wrote this post because I felt like there's someone who really needs to read this right now…
If that person is you, and you're struggling right now with an addiction to alcohol or tobacco or both, please know there's an Easy Way to Quit that's worked for millions of people around the world.
And, if you've put out your own Call for help with an addiction - consider this your answer :).
I truly hope this helps someone, and please feel free to share this post with anyone you think needs to read it!
I can't begin to express how much better my life is now that I'm sober...My wish is for as many people as possible to experience the JOY and FREEDOM that comes from living a sober life!
It is 100% possible.
It all starts with making the choice to change, and these books will help you do exactly that.
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