Quitting drinking can feel impossible, even after extensive treatment. Aftercare programs like Alcoholics Anonymous are really intended to follow detox and rehabilitation at a treatment center, but taking Step 1 of the 12 Step process will help you on your way. Admit that you are powerless over alcohol. You have a disease—a treatable one, with a multitude of health services dedicated to treating it. What you need to do is make an appointment with a licensed professional.
Tackling It Early
Taking that first step can be a long, hard process—and sometimes an explosive one. A great deal of addicts don’t get help until they hit rock bottom—a near death experience, ending up in jail, losing a partner. Alcohol is the only source of comfort for these individuals, so they make excuse after excuse for their drinking, year after year, until they can’t even lie to themselves anymore. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can pull the string early.
Can’t Do Inpatient?
If you think you have a drinking problem, you probably do. Your best bet is treatment at a rehabilitation facility, but there are steps some alcoholics can take to try to help themselves without rehab. Talking openly to a therapist, psychologist, or counselor is one of the best measures you can take, as well as group meetings, community involvement, and any other form of positive action—volunteering, working, exercising.
Do consider outpatient rehab if a busy life is deterring you from entering inpatient treatment. Make sure you have a good support network—friends, family, a sponsor. If someone else in your family or peer group has a drinking problem, try to help them take care of it. If they are having a bad influence on you, try to part ways.
Moderation Is Not Always Safe
Have you tried to control your drinking in the past? Did it work? Consider that having just a little of something can make it extra difficult to stop abusing. This is why it’s so difficult for most of us to diet. Every-time we have a little bit of fat, sugar, or carbs, we’re teasing ourselves a little bit and tempting ourselves to overindulge. We have to eat, after all. This is true for any addictive substance. With alcohol, the cravings are typically much more powerful. Yet we don’t have to drink—not a drop, ever.
If you need that little extra push to help you kick a drinking habit, Treatment Now offers a variety of programs and services to help you put down the bottle for good.
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