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Alcohol Addiction

"alcohol addiction simply does not allow for someone to just stop drinking"

Almost each and every day in the news, the media is announcing another celebrity or well-known individual who is heading for a rehab facility. Some end up there for abuse of drugs; others will seek a stay to treat their alcohol addiction. While both drugs and alcohol usually goes hand in hand these days, that isn’t always the case. Perhaps it is with celebrities, but those individuals who don’t live their lives in the spotlight seem to battle with an alcohol addiction without the added evil drugs.

 

Alcohol Addiction

A lot of people who don’t understand alcoholism will simply tell someone that they just need to quit drinking. All of their woes will end if they just don’t give into temptation. Sure, that sounds like a logical solution and a sensible one as well. However, having an alcohol addiction simply does not allow for someone to just stop drinking. They may attempt to stop but soon find that the cravings are just too much to bear. And that’s how you know if you or someone you care about truly does have an alcohol addiction. Having a bad day at work and stopping at the bar on the way home for a few quick beers does not make you an alcoholic. Stopping every single day on your way home for a few quick beers, and a few quick more, may indicate signs that you’re not as in control as you’d like to be. You know that you, or someone you love, has an alcohol addiction when they simply crave more and more of it. They want to keep drinking in order to maintain that happy euphoric feeling of being high. To some, that is only achieved when they have a drink attached to their hand.

It isn’t easy to watch someone you care about battle an alcohol addiction. It can tear families apart, ruin marriages and relationships and destroy households. There is only so much that you can do for an alcoholic; the rest, they must have the strength to move towards getting treatment. Going through treatment for an alcohol addiction takes a lot of strength and support. Those loved ones who may have gotten hurt and pushed away suddenly may find that they are needed for the aid of a successful recovery. Deciding to just stop drinking isn’t always the best way to battle an alcohol addiction. Getting treatment and letting doctors and counselors assist in the process can make things go much smoother for not only the individual but their families as well.

Reaching out for help and recognizing that an alcohol addiction is the first step in the journey. It won’t always be a flat road, there may be some mountains to climb, but crossing that finish line will be the greatest of rewards.

Alcohol Addiction — What Were You Up To Last Night?

Do you remember what you did last night? And the night before, and the night before that?

If you have mornings where you forget what you did the night before, it is time to take a serious look at your drinking habits.

Alcohol addiction could mean that you drink every day; or that you drink to excess every week; or that you feel you can't cope without alcohol. You don't have to be permanently drunk to be addicted.

Consider the effects that your drinking has at the moment. If you can honestly say that you hardly ever get drunk, you never do something you regret the next day, and you can cope without alcohol, then relax - you are out of the danger zone. But if your answer to any of these questions is "yes," then you could be on a slippery slope.

Alcohol addiction creeps up on people without warning. They believe that they have all the control, and feel, "It could never happen to me!" But, one day, they wake up realizing that they are out of control. The alcohol has taken over.

They think it's too late. They spiral into lack of self-respect, hurting their body, then their mind and spirit, and finally their loved ones.

But the good thing is that it's never too late. You can find stories of people who have had the most harrowing of experiences, going right into the gutter (often literally); yet, eventually, they did find out how to stop drinking alcohol and now they are completely free of that prison.

How did these people do that? Well, each one has his own story. However, there are proven ways that help you tremendously. Because, you can't do this by yourself. If you are addicted to alcohol, you will need help. One thing to remember is that there are a number of organizations to deal with such problems, from official government organizations, to charitable ones such as The Samaritans.

Of the self-help tools available, there are books available in the library, and self-hypnosis CDs and downloadable MP3s (by reputable hypnotherapists). Other routes include getting help from the medical profession (e.g. CBT), and from complementary therapists. The more avenues you experiment with, the greater the chance of your success, because they all work together to make it more powerful.

By combining professional help, self help, support from friends and family, and help from expert organizations, you can overcome this.

And it's power that you want: Aren't you tired of being the slave to alcohol?

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