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Stopping Drinking

Celebrate your first week of sobriety – and stay motivated!

John Risby
by John Risby
Published: January 08, 2023 Last updated: November 30, 2023
A woman writing in her diary
Congratulations on completing your first week of sobriety! This is a major accomplishment and it’s important to take a moment to celebrate your success. If your goal is to take a month off alcohol, a week is a huge achievement! And if your aim to stop for good, it’s the first week of many to come and you deserve to reward yourself for a good start.
One way to celebrate your first week of being sober is to treat yourself to something you enjoy. This could be a small gift to yourself, a special meal, or a fun activity. Choose something that brings you joy and will help you feel good about your accomplishment.

Keep Setting Goals

In addition to celebrating, it’s important to keep setting goals for yourself. This can help you stay focused and motivated on your journey to sobriety. Consider both short-term and long-term goals, and make a plan for how you will achieve them.

Seek Support

Seeking support from others is also crucial to your success in staying sober. Consider joining a support group like our Alcohol-Free Community, where you can connect with others who are also working towards sobriety. You can also reach out to trusted friends and family members for support and encouragement.

Quash Those Cravings

Dealing with cravings is a common challenge when trying to stay sober. To manage cravings, try keeping a list of healthy distractions and activities to occupy your time, such as going for a walk, calling a friend, or engaging in a hobby. You might also try practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, to reduce stress. And if all else fails, many people find that satisfying their cravings for something sweet or crunchy helps them get through an episode without resorting to alcohol.

Stay Positive

Staying positive is also key to your success in staying sober. Having a positive mindset can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Practice self-care and gratitude to help maintain a positive outlook.
Writing in a gratitude journal can be a helpful tool in your journey to stop drinking. By taking the time to jot down what you’re thankful for on a daily basis, you can focus on the positive aspects of your decision and further reinforce your commitment to sobriety. Focusing on the good things in your life can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals.

Embrace Your Emotions

If you’re working towards long-term sobriety, it’s natural to feel a mix of emotions. There may be moments of triumph and moments of struggle. It’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel these emotions, and to give yourself permission to experience them. You may also find it helpful to talk to a therapist or counsellor, or to an online support group, about your feelings and experiences.
As you move forward in your journey to sobriety, it’s important to keep reminding yourself of the reasons why you made the decision to become sober. What are your motivations for staying sober? What positive changes have you noticed in your life since becoming sober? These can be powerful reminders to help you stay on track and motivated.

Be Kind To Yourself

Finally, be kind to yourself as you navigate this journey. Sobriety is not a linear process, and it’s natural to have ups and downs. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a setback. Instead, focus on the progress you have made and use it as motivation to keep going.


Remember, you are not alone in your journey. Whether your goal is one month of sobriety or lasting sobriety, there are many resources and support systems available to help you along the way.
Take advantage of these resources and seek support when you need it. With hard work and determination, you can achieve your goal!
John Risby

About The Author

John Risby
Co-Founder of The Alcohol-Free Shop and John is a recovering alcoholic who stopped drinking in June 2004. Born and raised in Manchester, he now lives in Malaga with his wife and young daughter. He came to terms with being an alcoholic many years ago, but still finds the concept his daughter is Spanish very strange.