You may have been listening to loved ones for years telling you that you had a problem with alcohol, and you might have thought they were crazy. Yes, you like to have a drink, but does that make you an alcoholic? You may well have thought they were exaggerating and making things sound much worse than they actually were; after all, you still go to work every day.
However, as time went by, you may have noticed certain signs that all was not well. You may have noticed that you suffered from shakes during the day as your body craved alcohol. Or you may have needed more alcohol to get the same effects. You might even have experienced blackouts where you simply could not remember what had happened the night before.
Admitting the Problem.
If you are now ready to accept that you do have a problem with alcohol, the next question to ask yourself is whether or not you are willing to quit. Do you want to be sober again and get back to some semblance of normality? If so, you may be ready for recovery.
It’s hard to get to the point where you can admit that alcohol has become a problem in your life, so you should be proud to have reached the stage where you are ready to accept help. You have probably been living in denial for a long time and you may be afraid of what is ahead.
If you are ready to take the next step, you are perhaps wondering what lies ahead. The path you take will depend on the severity of your addiction. Some people can quit drinking at home with the support of their loved ones, but the majority of alcoholics need professional help. In many instances, it will be necessary to go through a process of detoxification, which will eliminate the alcohol from the body. This can be very tough and, for some, it can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms called delirium tremens (DTs). It is, therefore, advisable to speak to a professional before attempting to quit alcohol yourself.
The good news is that there are many treatment centres that provide medically-supervised detox programmes throughout the country. Here at Addiction Helper, we can help you to access the most appropriate treatment programme for your requirements.
What Does Recovery Mean for You?
You may have an opinion of what recovery means but it is important to consider that recovery is a way of life. It is all about learning to live without alcohol and learning how to enjoy sober living. You will learn how to reintegrate yourself back into society and how to rebuild relationships that were damaged because of your addiction. Those in recovery may find a whole new way of living and will make new friendships and form new relationships.
While in recovery, your mind and body will need time to heal. Recovery is not a quick process. Your body has been living under the cloud of addiction for quite some time now, so it makes sense that it will need time to get back to normal. You need to learn how to make the right choices again, and this will not be a quick fix.
Just as you did not become instantly addicted to alcohol, you cannot expect to get instantly better. Addiction recovery is a slow and steady process and you need to have realistic expectations. Prepare yourself to take things one day at a time and, as you move forward, you will get stronger and healthier. Work hard to get sober and work even harder to stay sober; by doing this you will have a successful recovery.