Want to quit drinking without AA? Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is free, accessible, and simple. But it’s no longer the only house on the block. There are endless options to try for support and guidance if you’d struggling with alcohol.
Naltrexone can completely block the euphoric and pain-relieving effects of opioids, helping to deter opioid misuse by erasing the ability of a user to get high. It begins working slower and is longer lasting, so it won’t help in an overdose, but can help to manage an opioid use disorder. And, unlike naloxone, naltrexone can also be used in the treatment of alcohol use disorders.
I stopped drinking in June of 1997. I went to AA and counted days off of alcohol. As I endured a roller-coaster of emotions day to day, sometimes hour to hour, I pretended to (and sometimes, genuinely did) enjoy my first sober summer New York City. As the hot days transitioned into cooler ones, and as I was safely past my first 90 days sober and experiencing my first sober everything, I prepared for my first holiday season – and potentially visiting my family – without my buffer and crutch, alcohol. I say “prepared for” because at the time, I wasn’t sure what I would do when the time came to fly home to visit my family.