Alcohol Substitutes For Quitting Drinking, Early Recovery & Beyond

alcohol substitutions

In episode 179 of The Elevation Recovery Podcast, Chris Scott and Matt Finch discuss alcohol substitutions for alcohol recovery such as CBD drinks, kombucha, non-alcoholic wine infused with CBD, and many other beverages or elixirs that are healthy mood-boosters. They share stories of alcohol substitutions they’ve used and why, the reasoning behind alcohol replacement drinks, and much more.

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Here are some of the main topics discussed in this episode:

  • How Chris Scott and Matt Finch came up with the idea behind the Elevation Recovery Podcast
  • How Chris Scott and Matt Finch have learned some of their best info from coaching clients over the years
  • What you put in your body matters very much
  • Why Chris drinks CBD-infused beverages as alcohol substitutions for a mood-boosting drink (yet with CBD there is typically no negative conequences)
  • Why people will often turn to non-alcoholic beverages to still have something to have in their hand and drink while quitting alcohol and in early recovery (and even beyond)
  • Why Chris likes drinking several different beverages throughout the day (such as Spring Longevity Dragon Tea, Kombucha, CBD drinks, and more
  • Drinking non-alcoholic cocktails as an alcohol substitution
  • Drinking organic whole milk as an alcohol substitution
  • Matt’s experiences drinking energy drinks on the rocks while also taking Rx pills as an alcohol replacement or substitution
  • CBD-infused non-alcoholic wines for alcohol substitution
  • Why Matt spent almost 2 decades on alcohol and/or drugs and how diet, supplements, and customized health strategies and therapies helped him finally feel great in life with integrative and functional medicine
  • Why it’s often tragic when someone doesn’t know about diet or how to figure out a good way to eat for their particular and unique needs
  • Why Chris and Matt are “allergic to groupthink”
  • Why enlisting the help of loved ones can optimize support and accountability and thus boost success rates
  • The psychology behind being “powerless over alcohol”
  • How missing alcohol and wishing you could drink in moderation can lead to shame. low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, agitation, and more
  • How to genuinely feel really good about yourself as a non-drinker
  • How people can often tell if a non-drinker feels bad about themselves because they can’t control their drinking
  • How poeple can often tell if a non-drinker doesn’t give a dang about alcohol
  • The link between hypoglycemia and alcohol addiction
  • How alcohol feels to a normal drinker vs how alcohol feels to someone addicted to alcohol
  • How alcohol effects a person with hypoglyemia vs how alcohol effects someone without hypoglycemia

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  • Chris Scott

    Chris Scott founded Fit Recovery in 2014 to help people from around the world dominate alcohol dependence and rebuild their lives from scratch. A former investment banker, he recovered from alcohol dependence using cutting-edge methods that integrate nutrition, physiology, and behavioral change. Today, Chris is an Alcohol Recovery Coach and the creator of an online course called Total Alcohol Recovery 2.0.

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