Alcoholic beverages have become a part of our daily life, and many people consume them without realizing they’re addictive until they realize they can’t go a day without drinking. Most people with alcohol problems aren’t able to tell where the tipping point between being a heavy drinker and an alcoholic is, thus not realizing when their drinking goes out of control.
Recognizing you have an alcohol problem is the first step towards recovery. The main symptom of a problem is that your body depends on alcohol to function and your drinking is causing you trouble at work, with your family and friends, or damaging your health.
If you’re reading this page it probably means you’ve identified some symptoms of alcoholism in your behavior and want to quit. That’s great! It takes a lot of courage to take this step, and though recovering from an addiction can be challenging, there are many ways to make your recovery process quicker and easier.
Here are 6 tips to quit drinking alcohol, they worked for me, and I hope they work for you too:
- Go to your doctor
Giving up drinking completely may be difficult, and abstinence syndrome can be potentially fatal. If you’ve decided to quit alcohol, you should check with your doctor or another medical professional that can help you on your road towards recovery.
Some of the symptoms of abstinence include panic attacks, intense anxiety, tremors, and tachycardia. If you experience any of these symptoms it’s important to have immediate medical attention. Generally, doctors who treat alcohol abstinence syndrome prescribe medicine that will calm your anxiety and panic.
You don’t have to feel like you need to do this on your own. It is a lot easier -and safer- to stop drinking with medical help than trying to quit by yourself.
- Make your intentions known
It’s important to tell your family and friends that you’re trying to stop drinking and explain why. This way they will have better understanding why you start refusing to party or drinks after work. Plus, you can share your success with them and they can give you extra motivation.
Friends and family can be a great source of support and encouragement. Don’t be afraid to turn to them with your alcohol problem, you don’t have to feel like a burden, chances are they would be happy to help you along the way.
- Keep yourself occupied
Having nothing to do can lead you to start drinking again. Keeping your mind occupied is a great way to avoid relapse. Group activities can be especially helpful, since being around happy, active people can help you change your attitude into a more positive one. You can take a new sport, learn how to play an instrument or even join a volunteering group.
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