If you are battling an addiction, then you’ll know how difficult is to break free of the damaging cycle. The good news is that you are not alone and there is plenty of help and advice out there that will provide you with more than a fighting chance of succeeding. Alcohol addiction is experienced by people from all sorts of backgrounds and age groups and there are a range of different ways to go about quitting drink for good.
The trick is finding the one that suits you. Below is an outline of the stages you may need to go through before you quite for good.
Admitting You Have an Alcohol Addiction
Along with smoking, alcohol addiction is one of those problems where people have trouble admitting that anything is wrong. When it gets to the stage they acknowledge the fact there is an issue, it is usually when something catastrophic has happened such as the breakdown of a relationship or a sudden health scare. Admitting you have an addiction to alcohol and need to cut it back or get some help to quite completely is the first important stage to conquering the problem.
Committing to Stopping Drinking
The next stage once you have decided you have a problem is to commit to the goal of stopping drinking. As with smoking, it pays to pick a date to quit and plan towards that. If you need to get friends and family involved, then tell them when you are going to stop and hopefully you should get their full support. There are various organisations around that can provide support if you don’t have family or friends to fall back on and it’s important to use these.
Understanding Why You Drink So Much
Another key to conquering an alcohol addiction is to understand why you drink so much in the first place. You might have a stressful job and think you need a few drinks after a hard day’s work and it’s just got out of hand in the last few years. You may suffer from lack of confidence and drink was initally a way to loosen yourself up but now it seems to be controlling you. Of course, there may be darker reasons why you drink and you might have to address these before you can successfully quit by getting professional help such as counselling.
Putting a Plan in Place
Having a plan helps you keep on track. Setting small goals is often more successful as they are easy to achieve. A big goal, for example giving up drink completely, can seem so far off that you give up without much of a fight. As the saying goes, every long journey begins with a single step. You might like to cut down your drinking, for instance, not having anything during the week or staying dry over the weekend. There may be occasions coming up that you want to avoid or plan for if you are going to have any chance of staying dry. Thinking about how you are going to conquer your alcohol addiction and putting in plans, perhaps with the help of your family, can empower you and make it feel less of a mountain to climb.
If you have a strong addiction to drink, then getting outside help is important for your success. There are groups like AA meetings you can join where you buddy up with someone who has had similar problems to yourself and who you can lean on when things get tough. You may just need something like a helpline to contact when you feel yourself giving in to temptation. Most countries have their own addiction help services that provide that all-important safety net to keep addicts on track.
Staying Quit for Good
No one is saying that conquering an alcohol addiction is easy. There are going to hurdles to overcome and times when you actually fall off the wagon. The important point is not to be too hard on yourself. Most addictions don’t simply disappear and even years after quitting many people still feel those tell-tale pangs and cravings. The longer you succeed, however, the more chance you have of staying dry for good and leading a healthier and happier life.