How to Overcome Alcohol Addiction
If you are reading this article then that means that you have recognized that you or a loved one may have a problem and are trying to find help and that is fantastic. First of all, let’s see if we can find out if if you or your loved one actually have an addiction to alcohol. Here are a list of questions to ask yourself, to get started.
- Has there ever been a time where you wanted to stop drinking but realized you weren’t going to be able to do?
- If you did end up stopping, was it difficult to not drink again?
- Has drinking ever negatively impacted your life at home or work or your relationships?
- Have you ever tried to justify why you drink by blaming other people.
- Are most of your problems, possibly all of them, because of your drinking?
- Are you finding that your friends and family are wanting to be around you less specifically because of your drinking habits?
- Do you find yourself unable to stop drinking in spite of the negative consequences?
If you can answer yes to two or more of these questions then chances are that you may be addicted to alcohol but read on, because there is hope.
The easiest way to be rid of an alcohol addiction is to participate in an alcohol addiction treatment program. These may involve alcohol abuse rehab where they will help you will with the alcohol withdrawal symptoms without the temptation of alcohol nearby. Or perhaps you would rather recover at home and attend weekly alcohol anonymous meetings. The most recommended method is to check in to an alcohol rehab simply because of the lack of access to alcohol as well as the 24 hour support you will receive while being there. In any case, you must find the method to break the addiction that works for you. However you decide to do it, the worst part about detoxing is the alcohol withdrawal symptoms that you will experience.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety and irritability
- Seizures and sweating
- Tremors and shakiness
But do not let these symptoms scare you away. Usually they begin about eight hours after consuming the last drink and then generally speaking, only last for a few days and in very few cases, a few weeks. While you are experiencing the withdrawal symptoms, remember how much good you are doing for yourself and for the rest of your family and your love ones for many, many years to come.