Getting Help to Reach Your Goal

Everyone needs help now and then - especially when trying something new. Remember, changing your drinking isn't any different.

Other people who have successfully gone through the same process and share a few things in common. Do any of these suggestions sound like they could help you?

Talk to Others: Think about who you could talk to for advice or support. It’s important to find someone that you can talk to while you make changes to your drinking. Consider friends, relatives, professionals in your community, your health care professional, a favorite teacher or professional, a respected colleague, a church leader – or anyone who you can trust and would want to see you succeed. If you’d like to remain anonymous, you can join our Support Group or use our Instant Messaging service to have contact with others just like you.

Hear What Others are Doing: Find out about groups in your community that meet regularly to share ideas about changing, contact an addictions agency or find a family service that's right for you. You don't have to register to read posts in our Online Support Group – so feel free to browse the Support Group and see what strategies are working for different people.

It Helps to Talk to a Counselor: Professionals who are trained in addictions counseling can help you achieve your goal. They are trained to listen without judging and help you understand what's happening with your body and your emotions. They can also put you in touch with other resources that will help you along the way.

Our Online Support Group is moderated by health educators. However, the main purpose of our support group is to allow people to share information and experiences openly and honestly. We don't offer any counselling or information on medication within our Support Community, but we do offer a safe and anonymous place to share ideas and success strategies.

When you join our Online Support Group you can participate in the discussions as much as you would like. At first, if you like, you can just look to see what other people are talking about. Later on you might feel more comfortable joining in. It's completely anonymous and confidential. Nobody will ever know who you are.

In the next section we'll give you some tips for cutting down or stopping...