Break Free from Your Alcohol Addiction
- Having a drink with friends has become more than a social event.
- You think that unless the group plans to drink (or go drinking) then what’s the point in going out?
- You tell yourself that you have more fun and you’re more outgoing when you drink.
- You hide or sneak your drinks.
- Your friends may have outrageous stories about your behavior and the crazy things you’ll say anything to anyone.
- When you’re sober, you may regret what you said or did – if you can remember what you said or did.
- You spend a *stupid* amount of money buying rounds for everyone.
- You may have been too drunk or hung over to go to work the next day.
- Other people tell you you have a drinking problem.
- In your sober moments you know that alcohol is taking over your life.
People tell you to go to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) but you don’t think you’re like “those people.” The truth is, you are exactly where “those people” were when they decided that they were “powerless over alcohol” and started to do something about it.
Alcohol is Everywhere
That’s what makes it so insidious. Alcohol is readily available at 24-hour convenience stores and in bars and clubs on a nightly basis. It’s legal to buy if you’re of age, so you can get it anytime the urge strikes. Alcohol abusers often argue that they can’t be an alcoholic because they drink beer or wine, not hard liquor.
Beer and wine may contain a lower percentage of alcohol than liquor, but if you drink enough of it, you get the same result. That’s part of the deception – beer drinkers are notorious for bragging that they can down a six-pack of tall cans and hardly notice it.
Chemically speaking, alcohol is a depressant – so you may swing from the chandelier during the party, but you’ll crash into despair later. Then, you get another drink to stop feeling so bad, and the cycle repeats itself.
Long Term Alcohol Abuse Effects
Alcohol abuse on a daily basis leads to impaired judgments, reduced coordination, aggression, and is often the fuel that ends with domestic violence or child abuse. The physical impact of drowning the body with alcohol includes nausea, upset digestion, sleep disturbances and eventually liver and brain cell damage.
If you think you may be “addicted” or an “alcoholic,” please seek professional help when trying to stop drinking alcohol. In some circumstances, the withdrawal period can create delirium tremens (or DTs.) These can take place up to 3 days after the last drink and are life threatening. Coming out of alcohol dependency or “addiction” can be a complicated and painful process, so medical supervision is the best way to handle the withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, convulsions and hallucinations.
Once the withdrawal period is over, the process of rebuilding both body and behaviors begins. Nutritional changes are critical to overcome the damage caused by alcohol abuse.
Some drug interventions are useful. Antabuse was the first drug of its kind to prevent the body from breaking down alcohol, so drinking while taking this drug causes extreme physical discomfort. Another promising drug is Topiramate (Topomax), which helps alcoholics reduce the amount they drink or eliminate drinking altogether.
Where There Is Help There Is Hope
Of course, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the most recognized support group for alcoholics, though they are not the most successful. Many inpatient and outpatient centers are also available. There are also SMART Recovery groups and HARMS Reduction groups that can help. Tapping is used at one of the most successful rehab clinics in the world, Habilitat. I spent two weeks volunteering my time at this facility providing 3 sessions per day to residents.
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Yes, breaking free from alcohol addiction requires a motivation, commitment, and support to create behavioral changes – but it is still possible. And people all over the work quit every day – without help, without support, and they do it cold turkey. So you can do this!
If you are interested in breaking free from your addiction, let’s talk about it.