Management of AUD will require some permanent changes in your life. These strategies may be combined with other aspects of treatment: Identify potential relapse triggers and develop coping strategies for difficult situations that pop up at work or homeAvoid reaching for a drink when stressed or upset.
or relaxation techniques. Consider starting a regular exercise program.Tell friends and family about your intentions. They can help you with your goals.Find ways to socialize without alcohol.Avoid going to bars or other places associated with drinking.Keep alcohol out of the home or office.Make new, nondrinking friends.Do fun things that do not involve alcohol.
support groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Keep in mind that relapses are common and expected. If you have a relapse, do not get discouraged—get help.
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Last reviewed March 2016 by Adrian Preda, MD
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