There are various explanations for why people avoid treating alcoholism and why preventing relapse is so difficult. If you’re one who consistently drinks for the sole purpose of getting drunk, you’ve got to stop kidding yourself and look further into your behavior. Yes, I know that’s curt, but it could offer a really good insight into yourself and possibly save your life. The good news is there are proven methods for treating alcoholism, and no one way is more efficient than another.
Alcoholism isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of issue and requires an individualistic approach. One person may be able to quit drinking cold turkey while another may take several months, or in some cases years, to quit. Several methods are available for producing acceptable results, however, and whichever method you decide on can have its pros and cons.
For that reason, it is a necessity to understand yourself and your current situation, assess what would be the best method for you to quit drinking, devise a plan and surround yourself with a good support system to stay sober.
Here then, is a brief list of three solid guidelines to treating alcoholism:
#1: Admit You’re An Alcoholic
As cliche as this sounds, the first step to treating alcoholism is admitting you’re an alcoholic. No matter what way you try and spin it, if you’re drinking at an event or in a situation where it isn’t warranted, evaluate yourself. Ownership is one of the most important concepts of life. On thing’s for certain: it sure goes a long way with issues like alcoholism.
#2: Find the Method of Quitting That Works Best for You
You may have done some research on treating alcoholism already and come across “sure-fire” methods to quitting. Sure, these methods may have worked for some, but understand the concept of bio-individuality: what works for one person may not work for another.
Do extensive research on the different approaches to quitting. Be sure to make a decision based on what you feel your chances of success will be and not what is trending.
#3: Seek a Close Support System
I’m sure you’d like to think your close friend and family will understand your decision to quit drinking. Of course, by now you probably realize that’s not always the case. Friends may be the greatest company in the world in a social setting. They’re great “party friends,” but they’re not ones that will help you grow.
It doesn’t mean stop hanging out with everyone who drinks, but it does mean practice awareness. Be aware of who encourages the behavior. A major factor in preventing relapse is the support system around you. If your old circle continues to pressure you, remove temptation by limiting your activities with them.
You’re As Strong As Those You Surround Yourself With
The most important point to take from this guideline, however, is to seek people who are going through the same thing you are. As mentioned earlier, a good support system is critical in treating alcoholism. It’s also important for preventing relapse.
Make an effort to seek out others going through what you’re going through. Develop connections. Nothing is more therapeutic and encouraging than those who understand what you’re going through. It has been proven time and again that people who surround themselves with other like-minded people are far likelier to achieve their goals.
Nothing is more therapeutic and encouraging than those who understand what you’re going through. It has been proven time and again that people who surround themselves with other like-minded people are far likelier to achieve their goals.
This is, of course, no means a comprehensive list. However, many who have or are currently treating alcoholism will vouch that these methods are simple, yet critical to success. All of them work in conjunction with one another.
With this in mind, it’s important to understand that your goal to quit and your personal growth will be halted if one or all 3 of these guidelines aren’t met. It’s up to you to decide how serious you are about giving yourself assistance. You are your biggest obstacle in treating alcoholism. It’s up to you to take ownership of your situation and get out of your own way!
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