Coming to terms with the fact that you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to recovery, but many people don’t know where to go from there. If you just came to terms with your alcoholism, there are several things you can start doing like taking online substance abuse classes, but before you start to think about any of that you first need to make sure you don’t fall back into the problem. Throw all the alcohol in your house away immediately. It’s not a waste; it’s a step towards taking your life back. When you don’t have any temptation in your house, it will be a lot easier not to fall back into that self destructive pattern when you feel weak.

That means you need to eliminate bad friends from your life too. Any drinking buddies or friends that encourage you to drink need to be cut out if they’re not willing to support you with your new decision to remain sober. Everybody has heard ex-smokers tell the stories of how they lose friends once they stopped smoking and the same goes for drinking. Don’t let other people pull you down into their self-destructive habit.

Once you’ve eliminated all temptation and bad influences from your life, start seeking support and encouragement. You can join support groups for people who are going through something similar or you can just reconnect with friends who support your journey to sobriety. Spending time in the company of people who don’t abuse alcohol and with people who are recovering like you are will help you to stay focused on why you’re doing what you’re doing and help you to stop feeling like you need alcohol as a social crutch.