We all like to let our hair down once in awhile, and there’s nothing wrong with the occasional visit to the bar. But, what happens when things get a little too close to the bone? Almost every family in the country has had some experience with alcoholism, whether they realise it or not. And, there is a growing trend in the States for abuse, and there are plenty of grim statistics when it comes to the booze.
According to the CDC, there are 88,000 deaths every year due to excessive alcohol use. And, there are 30 people killed - every single day - from DUI incidents. So, if you have a problem with the booze, it isn’t just you who is going to suffer. Your family will, too - and your actions could also result in the death of someone else.
In today’s quick guide, I’m going to go through some of the things you can do if you think you have a problem. I’m no medical professional, of course - which is why I’ll start with suggesting that you visit your doctor.
Get medical help
Once you know you have a problem, it’s important to get help from a medical professional as quickly as possible. There is no one method that will guarantee results, and everyone is different. You’ll need a personal plan to make sure you get the best chance possible of overcoming your issues. Not only that, but the detox can be dangerous when your body is withdrawing from alcohol abuse. So much so that there have been cases of death during the process.
Understand the underlying issues
A large part of alcoholism isn’t because you love a drink. Often, it’s because you dislike something about your life. Maybe you are trying to use the booze to boost your self-esteem, or forget about your problems. It’s important to understand what these underlying issues are, or you will just fall back into the same old trap. A therapist might help - and it will be part of your recovery process when you go to a rehab center.
Rehab centers work up to a point - but as soon as you leave your treatment, there’s every danger you will continue with the same habits. You should avoid keeping the same company as before if they have been encouraging you to drink. And, avoid any social situations where there is pressure to drink - until you are confident you can go sober, of course. You might find success at a community rehab such as A Fresh Start Sober Living. This kind of organizations gives alcoholics somewhere to live while they get through the tricky post detox stage and return to a normal life.
Get a support network
If your family and friends understand what you are going through, they should offer help. It’s important to have a support network in place - but it can be awkward in some cases. If that is true for you, then build your own support network. You will meet fellow recovering addicts along the way, so try and get together and offer that all-important support to each other.
As I mentioned in the intro, I’m no doctor! So, if you have alcohol issues, always seek proper medical advice.