Most people will sample alcohol in their teenage years. This is normal. You are having fun and your friends said taking alcohol behind your parents back would be cool. However, no one ever pictures a day when they would have to deal with an alcohol addiction.
Maybe you lost your job, and your wife wants a divorce and she wants to take half of your wealth. Stress can lead you into taking alcohol such that you become addicted without realizing. But, is there a way to take things back to the way they were when you did not have to deal with an alcohol addiction? Find out below.
Evaluate the Benefits and Disadvantages of Taking Alcohol
Weighing the benefits of taking alcohol and its costs will help you realize why you need to quit drinking. To help you out with this, you would want to create a table on a plain piece of paper. Divide the table into two columns. On one column, write the header “Benefits of Drinking” and on the other column write the “Disadvantages of Drinking”. Now, outline both the benefits you get from drinking and the good things alcohol addiction costs you. If you are like any other normal human being, the disadvantages of drinking should outweigh the benefits of alcohol addiction.
Prepare to Change and Set Realistic Goals
After realizing that alcohol addiction has been costing you more than it has been benefiting you, you will want to change. But, remember, a normal human being does not just go from being an alcohol addict to a person who throws up when he or she sees alcohol in a single day. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself for change and set goals which are both realistic and specific.
To give you an example, you might want to determine how you will be cutting back on your alcohol intake and the approximate time it will take for you to completely quit alcohol. When preparing for change, you might want to get rid of all temptations. This may include ditching your drinking mates after chatting about football at sunset when they hint they want to go to the bar.
Note that overcoming alcohol addiction does not mean that you have to quit alcohol completely. It can mean something as simple as cutting back on your alcohol intake to a healthy level. Irrespective of whether you need to cut back or quit, you have to plan for it.
What to Expect
When you are addicted to alcohol, your body depends on it to feel okay. This means that quitting alcohol will have withdrawal symptoms. These may include shaking, headaches, restlessness and anxiety, nausea, trouble sleeping, and a high blood pressure.
For some people, these will improve within a few days. However, for some alcohol addicts, the withdrawals can be life-threatening. If you have had the alcohol addiction issue for a very long time, withdrawals might proof life-threatening for you. Therefore, it would be a great idea to consider a medically supervised detoxification.