'Dry January' pushes no alcohol for a month - FOX34 Lubbock

'Dry January' pushes no alcohol for a month

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It is a 31-day break from all alcohol. 

Originally started in the U.K. in 2014, the Dry January practice has gained popularity across the U.S. over the years.

Mechie Scherpereel, the communications director for The Ranch at Dove Tree, and a recovering alcoholic, said the practice could benefit those who do not struggle with alcoholism. For people who have dealt with addiction, however, he said it will take more than just a one-month commitment. 

"For the people that are abstaining from drinking that are really struggling with this, I almost bet on it they won't last," Sherpereel said. "I've never been able to make it, I would get incarcerated, or I would go to a treatment center and I would stop, but the problem is, just based on a resolution, it's not going to keep me stopped."

For people like him who have struggled with addiction, he said it is an everyday commitment. He said there is hope, and connection is the key. For those who are battling an alcohol addiction who want to change this new year, Scherpereel said get into a 12-step program.

"It definitely will help them, because you got to kind of get out of that bubble. We're placed in this bubble when we're drinking, this community, and it's hard to stop on your own, and so I think that's the best advice I can give them is get connected with people that have a escaped this disease," he said.

Ashley Northrup, a Lubbock resident, is also a recovering alcoholic. She said she wants to give back to the community who helped her, by starting a sober bar in Lubbock.

"We don't have nothing like that in Lubbock," Northrup said. "You know, we have a bunch of recovery centers, obviously we have a bunch of bars ... but we have such a large recovery community, like, why can't we all just combine that in some sort of way?"

It would provide a social setting without the alcohol, and a judgment free zone for those who are recovering, she said.

"Whenever I first got sober, I missed some of the things ... I couldn't go to the bar, I couldn't go the club. These are all the places that I've missed. Like, i couldn't go play pool like a normal person, because I felt like I was going to feel triggered," Northrup said.

She said with the public's help, she hopes to turn this idea into a reality. To donate to support the effort, click here.

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