Alcohol addiction is a growing problem in many parts of the world. So many people, young and old, male and female, have a serious drinking problem. It is important to note that alcoholism is a real disease and can cause changes to the brain, so a person with an alcohol addiction may not be able to control their life. How can you fight this problem?
Accept that you have a Problem
The first and most difficult step you must take is to overcome denial. People with alcohol use disorder typically refuse to believe that they have any sort of problem with drinking. So if you have a problem with drinking, you must admit that painful truth to yourself. Do not ignore friends, siblings, or parents who tell you that you are drinking too much. They are not your enemies because they tell you the truth.
Develop the Determination to Quit
Be determined to quit drinking alcohol. A lack of resolve can mean living—and dying—as a person with alcohol use disorder. What can help? Focusing on the destructiveness of alcoholism can help you to hate what is bad and can strengthen your resolve to stop drinking once and for all. You might, for example, give a lot of thought to the high toll alcoholism exacts physically, emotionally, and morally. Consider, too, what large doses of alcohol can do to your body, gradually poisoning your vital organs. It may also help to remind yourself that you do not need alcohol to be happy.
Simply having the desire to recover is usually not enough. You will also need the support and help of others. Trusting someone to help you with your problem will not be easy. Your family can give you support. Try to let people know you want to stop, so that they encourage you. Get professional help, if possible.
Find New Friends
Friends are a major influence on people who abuse alcohol. You will therefore find it hard to stop drinking if you hang out with drinkers. Living without alcohol will be an ongoing battle for you. At times abstinence may be very difficult. It is thus not uncommon for a recovering alcoholic to experience a relapse, leading to overwhelming feelings of guilt. Should that happen, remember that we all stumble many times. Learn from your mistake, and be more determined than ever not to relapse again. By showing such determination, you can quit.