Have you ever wanted to connect more deeply with your spouse? Have you ever wanted to have the clarity of mind it takes to make important decisions? Have you ever wanted to be more emotionally and physically present with your kids or loved ones?
Have you ever wanted to have enough courage to make a life change you've been holding back on?
There is a simple way to begin the process of attaining those things mentioned above.
Eliminating the use of alcohol and or other mind-altering substances for 30 days is the single, most powerful way to achieve those goals.
Abstaining from alcohol use or other mind-altering substances can open up new ways of thinking, relating to others, and getting the job going on all those other New Year’s resolutions, too.
Not only will abstaining for 30 days improve your daily functioning, it has the possibility to reduce anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
Abstaining for 30 days has the possibility of making an impact on your physical functioning, too. Reduce high blood pressure, improve sleep, improve gastro issues, and improve overall bodily functioning.
Abstaining from alcohol and other mind-altering substances is easier said than done.
It is not recommended you try it without the support of your spouse, friends, co-workers, etc. It is easy to give up after some progress when no one is around to hold you accountable for this challenge. The more we talk about our goals, the more we hold ourselves accountable.
If alcohol or other mind-altering substances play a big role in your life, there is HELP. There are a number of counselors, addiction specialists in the community that are available to assist.
About Dry January in Gillette, Wyoming
For those who don't know, Dry January is an annual movement that encourages people to give up alcohol for a month. A month off from drinking alcohol can help you:
- Lose weight
- Save money
- Look and feel better
For 2020, Campbell County Health, Campbell County DUI Task Force, Campbell County Public Health and the Campbell County Prevention Council wanted to encourage residents to try going dry. If you try, use #trydrywyo when you post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Learn more about the Dry January initiative at www.cchwyo.org/dryjanuary.
Brian Edwards, LMFT, CATC, is the founder of the Wyoming Center for Clinical Excellence in Gillette, Wyoming. Brian specializes in trauma, group counseling, marriage and family therapy and substance abuse and addiction therapy.