Alcohol addiction is more common than people realize and a lot of people that suffer from it, wouldn’t necessarily be considered alcoholics. We tend to think of people with drinking problems as being unable to function in everyday life but there are plenty of people that can get up to work every day and appear perfectly fine, then once they get home they are drinking heavily.
One of the main things that stop people in this situation from getting help is that nobody knows about their problem and they are embarrassed to admit it. If you hide the problem and don’t get help, it is likely to escalate to a point where people will inevitably find out.
You’ve got two options in this situation; either, you tell your family and friends and allow them to help you with your problem. Your second option is to try to get a handle on it yourself and stop drinking on your own without anybody else help. That way, if you worried about your family and friends finding out, they don’t have to.
If you’re planning on trying to get through this on your own, here are a few things that you should know.
Why Do You Drink?
The first thing you need to work out is, why do you drink?
For a lot of people that have problems with alcohol, it is usually a symptom of a larger problem like depression or anxiety. Most people that drink heavily are using it as a coping mechanism so you need to try to work out what it is that is troubling you and causing you to drink. By addressing this issue head on, you’ll find it much easier to resist drinking.
The emotional attachment that you have to drink is often a lot more difficult to break than the physical addiction so if you don’t tackle that side of the issue, you’ll struggle to give up and stick to it.
What Are the Costs?
One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated when trying to give up alcohol is to think about the cost of alcohol. Taken literally that means the monetary cost, and while that isn’t the most important thing, it is worth considering. If you’re drinking every day, you’re spending hundreds of dollars every week. That amount adds up very quickly and if you stopped drinking you could put all of that money into something far better, like a vacation.
Beyond that, there are the emotional costs. Your relationships can suffer severely when you drink heavily. If you don’t get a handle on the problem before it’s too late, you could end those relationships for good.
Quite a few functioning alcoholics that drink in the evenings regularly tend to have a group of friends that are based around drinking. Worries about losing these relationships is often a hurdle to recovery but they are not healthy relationships and you should seriously consider cutting ties with them, at least until you are in control of your drinking.
If you don’t think that you can do it on your own, admitting yourself to a rehab center might be a good idea. If you have voluntarily admitted yourself then you can leave whenever you like but this can sometimes be dangerous, especially if you are in the middle of a detox. It also means that you’ve lost a lot of that progress that you’ve made.
If you’re considering rehab, read more: What Happens if I Want to Leave Rehab Early?
Rehab is usually a good idea if you are drinking large amounts because it can be dangerous to stop immediately. In rehab, you’ll get expert medical advice to ensure that you don’t put yourself in danger. You’ll also have access to the emotional support of counselors and other people that can sympathize with your position. This makes it much easier to give up successfully than just doing it on your own. It is a big commitment to make so choose carefully before you decide to check yourself into one.
The best way to quit for good is to set yourself reasonable goals. If you are unrealistic with them, you’ll miss out on them and this can often drive people back to drink because they feel as though they will never be able to give up. Setting yourself smaller goals like not having a drink on a few certain days a week, and then building it up slowly is safer than cutting it all out straight away. It will also be a lot easier to manage and so you’ll feel like you’re making good progress. Most people that try to cut it out completely tend to struggle and end up falling back into drinking again.