The Benefits of Taking Time Out from Alcohol

The idea of taking a break or giving up alcohol altogether is not new, but in recent years it has become far more normalized within our culture. As more and more people open up about their recovery journey, we are learning about the benefits of taking a break from alcohol. 

It’s become more socially acceptable to question our relationship with alcohol, and take a step back when we feel like it isn’t serving us.

This shift towards a more recovery conscious culture is a major milestone—more people are becoming aware of the harmful effects of alcohol. About 51 million Americans have had an issue with alcohol use, the connection between alcohol and anxiety has been well-documented, and the American Cancer Society recently updated their preventive guidelines, saying it is best not to drink alcohol in order to minimize the likelihood of developing cancer. 

With this in mind, many people now consider short-term sobriety breaks to be less like a rigid detox and more in line with healthy habits like a regular exercise routine or eating plant-based foods.  Lots of folks participate in sober initiatives like Dry January and Dry July to get the physical and mental health benefits, and going a month without alcohol has become much more of a normal occurrence than in previous years. 

So how do you go about taking a break from alcohol if you’ve never done something like that before? Trying 30 days alcohol-free might sound like some sort of endurance challenge, but hear us out. Instead of thinking of a sober period as a test of your willpower, what if you looked at it as an opportunity for self-care and self-reflection?

Try Time Out with Tempest: 

How to have a totally normal month without Alcohol. 

In our free, 4-week mini-course, we’ll show you how to incorporate aspects of a sober lifestyle into your daily routine, so you can take a break from drinking without having to “white knuckle” it. 

We’ll provide short lessons and activities for you to try each week:

→ Week 1: How to Set an Intention

→ Week 2: How to Relax and Enjoy Self-Care Without Alcohol

→ Week 3: How to Stay Connected Socially and Have Fun

→ Week 4: What Comes Next? How to Incorporate This Experience into Your Daily Life

Tempest is a holistic, evidence-based digital recovery program that helps you stop drinking and feel better. Our yearly membership program offers three plans, designed to help you create your own personal recovery roadmap. Through support, community, and a dedicated staff, we’ll teach you how to make small, realistic changes to build a foundation for the kind of life you want.

Exploring the possibilities of a life without alcohol

As our culture has gained more awareness of recovery, the opportunities for growth and healing have greatly expanded.

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→ Sign up for Time Out With Tempest, and get our 4-week mini-course mailed straight to your inbox, full of tips on navigating a month without alcohol.

Talk to your therapist. If you’re thinking of taking a break from alcohol, be sure to discuss your experience with your therapist or counselor. Taking time out from alcohol can be incredibly liberating, but it’s a good idea to have a trusted person to process your emotional experience with. Need help finding a therapist? You can read our guide on finding a therapist who specializes in addiction, and how to access therapy while you’re social distancing.

Remember, it can be easy to dismiss the amount of effort it takes to make a decision, especially the decision to take time out from alcohol. What we’re asking you to keep in mind today is that you’re already doing the work. Just by being here and reading this article, you’re showing up for yourself. 

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What we've learned: 

→ We’re tired of waking up with hangovers, depleting our bank accounts, and chasing happiness outside ourselves. 

→ We have access to more information, more recovery communities, and more online recovery options than ever before. 

→ We are seeing more and more folks embracing sobriety, and talking about it openly.

What we can do:

→ We can have agency in our recovery—we can make our own choices and follow our own unique path.

→ We can fight the stigma surrounding substance use by sharing our stories and being open and empathetic to others on the same journey.

→ We can be willing to explore new options, hear new ideas, and try new things. 

“Sobriety is a rebellious act, because it rejects the mainstream cultural norm that suggests you have to drink alcohol in order to fit in.”

Holly Whitaker, Quit Like A Woman