Advice for the first few weeks after you've stopped drinking.
Once you've stopped drinking, don't forget how important it is to really concentrate on continuing your recovery. Detox has only been worthwhile if you can continue to work hard on re-engineering your life so that you do things differently to protect yourself from relapse. This is the most common reason for people failing.
Things might feel worse before they feel better.
In the early days of not drinking, it is possible that things will feel worse before they feel better. It's important, therefore, that you:
It takes some time for your mind and body to settle down and reach a new equilibrium without alcohol.
On the other hand, some people have a bit of an artificial high after detox. Fantastic - it's terrific to be enjoying life again. Just be careful though, and don't go feeling invincible.
Remember that whilst staying off alcohol will be difficult, it's a fantastic thing to do; it's something you should be proud of; and it's something you should do with optimism - because you believe it's going to make your life better.