3 First Steps To Overcoming Alcohol Addiction
The first steps to overcoming an addiction to alcohol can seem overwhelming and extremely challenging. Following these 3 steps to get you started on your journey to recovery can provide you with the courage and determination to lead a healthier and happier life free of alcohol:
Step 1 – Acceptance
The first and most important step that any person struggling with addiction can take is to admit and accept that they have a problem. This can often be the most difficult step to take but it is important to remember that alcoholism is a disease and just like any illness, needs to be treated in order to aid recovery.
Step 2 – Talk About It
Find a trusted friend or family member whom you can open up to regarding your concerns. If you feel the need to keep your concerns private, speak to your doctor, a counselor or therapist. You will need the support of these people to continue on your journey to recovery.
Step 3 – Get Help
A problem shared is a problem halved. Alcoholism is a common addiction and there are multiple options available when it comes to finding help and support. Contact a local support group, self-help organization, charity such as Drink Wise or the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) to find out more about alcohol addiction and the various treatment options that are available to you.
AA meetings provide a safe space for alcoholics to share their experiences and struggles with alcohol abuse as well as provide them with the support that they need to understand that they are not alone and that they can rely on others who have faced similar challenges for assistance in recovery from addiction as a collective and in a personal capacity.
Tips To Avoid Drinking
Many people struggling with alcohol addiction may benefit from curbing their drinking. The following tips can help you to cut back:
1. Write It Down
Make a list of all the reasons that you want to quit drinking – your health, your relationships, your work or simply waking up without a hangover. Refer to your list as a reminder when you have the urge to have a drink.
2. Set Limits
Set a drinking limit. It is advisable to stick to the recommended guidelines which is 1 alcoholic beverage per day for women and men over the age of 65 years and a maximum of 2 per day for men under the age of 65 years. Be aware that these averages are not applicable to everyone and people with certain health or other conditions should not consume alcohol at all. Consult with a doctor or health practitioner to find out what your drinking limit should be.
Keep a diary of exactly what and how much alcohol you are consuming every day. Make a note every time you have a drink in order for the information to be accurate. Be honest with yourself and compare your diary with your drinking goals. If your actual drinking is exceeding your goals, make an appointment with your doctor or health practitioner to discuss the options that are available to limit your drinking.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol dependency, you can contact Wendy Corliss here or call her directly at 02 9972 0071.