Yes, contrary to what you have been told, you can stop drinking without AA quite successfully. As a matter of fact, your chances of remaining sober are significantly higher when you address the true root of addiction, which is impaired brain chemistry.
The latest research now tells us that all addiction, not just alcoholism, is rooted in disrupted or depleted neurotransmitters in the brain and recovery can be achieved by restoring balance to these neurotransmitters through a proper diet, nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes.
Not only can you achieve life-long sobriety, but you can also completely overcome your cravings, prevent relapse and eliminate depression, anxiety, and irritability that often accompany addiction.
You do not need to attend AA meetings
Alcoholism is not caused by character defects
The higher power that you need to access lies within your brain
You are not powerless
Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that are used to transmit information from cell to cell. Among other things, they regulate our thoughts, behaviors, moods, memory, and energy levels. In order for the brain and body to function adequately, these neurotransmitters must be present in balanced and adequate amounts; too little or too much can result in a vast array of psychological symptoms.
All mind-altering substances interfere in the construction, delivery and reuptake of our inborn neurotransmitters and can imitate their effects. This confuses the brain and makes it think it has too many neurotransmitters, so it reduces production, which results in depletion.
When one quits drinking or gives up their substance of choice, the brain does not automatically begin to make neurotransmitters on its own; as it takes time for it to realize that it needs to resume its job. Furthermore, if the diet is lacking in nutrients needed for the manufacturing of neurotransmitters; as is usually the case with the addicted, it will have nothing to work with.
At this point, if alcohol, or the drug of choice, is not present in the system, symptoms of withdrawal will appear; because now the brain is dependent upon the mind-altering substance to perform the duties of the depleted neurotransmitters. Thus, cravings for alcohol, or whatever the addictive substance may be, develop and sabotage attempts to stop drinking or using.
Furthermore, neurotransmitters can become depleted in a variety of other ways besides mind-altering substances, such as poor diet, chronic stress, nutritional deficiencies, concussion or other brain trauma, environmental toxins, sugar, caffeine, nicotine and much more. So depletion and/or imbalance may actually occur prior to addiction and can be the driving force that leads one to become addicted in the first place.
Therefore, all that is needed to stop drinking without AA is to restore balance to brain chemistry, which will eliminate symptoms of withdrawal and the cravings for alcohol or other psychotropic substances and other psychological symptoms.
This is achieved by adopting a diet that is rich in nutrients needed for healthy neurotransmitter production and function, replenishing nutritional deficiencies with nutritional supplements, changes in lifestyle and addressing all the underlying factors that impair neurotransmission.
If you're interested, you can find everything you need to learn about restoring balance to brain chemistry and achieving life-long and craving-free sobriety in my 12 step alternative recovery program. This is the program that I have used personally to achieve more than 24 years of craving-free and uninterrupted sobriety and you can do the same.