Alcohol is consumed around the world for many different reasons. It’s widely considered as acceptable to drink alcohol socially in many cultures. However, many come to a point where they want to stop drinking alcohol. This could be for many reasons. You may be advised to stop drinking for medical reasons, it could be for religious reasons, you may want to embark on a healthier lifestyle, or it may be that you have recognised you are experiencing symptoms and problems of alcohol abuse.
Alcohol abuse doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone, from any background or culture, and people of any age. Once you have realised you have a problem and you begin on a journey to sobriety, you may find that is a long and difficult process. It is really important to find support and information to ensure you beat the addiction.
You may be wondering if you have a problem with how you use alcohol. In truth it can be difficult to know, and the symptoms of alcohol abuse can vary. You may experience no symptoms, or you may experience any number with varying intensity.
You may realise your tolerance has increased. Think about the level of alcohol you used to consume and compare it to now. If it has increased considerably this may be indicative of an issue.
If you find yourself hiding about consuming alcohol, or lying, or even breaking promises so you can have a drink, this is a sign you shouldn’t ignore, and you should assess your relationship with alcohol.
There are many different signs that you may be addicted to alcohol in addition to these.
If you are having issues with the amount of alcohol you are consuming, you may also be noticing other problems in your life.
You may find relationships at home and work are affected. You may struggle day to day, for example in your job or simple tasks like driving a car. It’s likely your finances are suffering due to the amount spent on alcohol.
Alcohol abuse can often result in domestic issues. This could include violence, marital conflict and legal issues. If you are noticing problems such as these, it may be time to reflect on your use of alcohol and the issues it is causing.
Speaking to a professional may help as you can discuss what changes will come about by reducing your alcohol intake.
It’s important to understand if you are actually abusing alcohol. Monitoring the amount you drink each week can help you understand if there is an issue or not.
The NHS recommends drinking no more than 14 units per week, and to spread this consumption out over 3-4 days to avoid binge drinking.
If you find yourself drinking more than this on a regular basis, it could be time to try cutting down, and if this isn’t possible you may need to take further steps to deal with the issues.
If you find yourself using alcohol for a reason, for example, to forget about problems or relax, or if you can’t control yourself after a drink, or if you just can’t stop once you start, it may be a sign that you are abusing alcohol.
If you think you may have a problem with how you use alcohol, the good news is that there are many organisations who can help you. You just need to reach out and discuss this to start your recovery.
Withdrawal symptoms appear when you go without alcohol. The body reacts to the lack of alcohol in your system and presents signs such as tremors, sweating, irritability, anxiety, nausea and even seizures or convulsions.
Withdrawals from alcohol are one of the hardest parts of giving up alcohol and usually happen in the first 48 hours. There are medications to help you through this period.
Alcohol withdrawal can be very serious and this is why it is best to seek help when undergoing recovery and quitting alcohol.
If you are struggling with withdrawal symptoms, and experiencing particularly severe ones, it is advised to seek help as soon as possible. Walk-in centres and emergency rooms can help treat severe symptoms.
You can visit your GP for less severe symptoms. You can get other issues if you don’t treat the withdrawal symptoms so it’s worth a chat with a medical professional to take care of your health.
If you are helping someone beat alcoholism, you may make a huge difference in their recovery by being positive, non-judgemental, supportive and calm.
They are going to need you through this process, and it isn’t going to be easy for you either.
There are support groups for you and you should ensure you take care of yourself, so you can take care of the person who is quitting.
You could make a difference in this person’s life.
However, you should remember you can only support them through the recovery process, and they must take control of their own life in order to beat the habit.
Recovery from alcohol addiction can be much easier with the support of an alcohol counsellor.
These are specialists in getting to the root of the cause of the habit, and then putting measures into place to ensure there are new coping mechanisms and strategies to ensure a successful recovery.
Using a counselling service could make a difference in a successful recovery.
Don’t be put off by the stigma, counselling is confidential, and you can undergo one to one sessions to keep the situation more private.
Alternatively, if you feel able, group sessions are ideal for being around people who have been in the same position and understand.
Either way the support should bring positive results for you. We can help organise support for you and will take your needs into account.
Recovery is a long and difficult journey. Alcohol is socially acceptable and around you all the time, this makes abstaining very difficult.
When withdrawal symptoms start, it will take willpower and possibly medical help to get through it.Then there is the long-term plan to not relapse and the ongoing need for new strategies to cope.
However, this shouldn’t put you off. Many people have successfully recovered from alcohol abuse and have come out the other side much happier for it.
Everyone is different, and their recovery and support system will look different, but it is possible to beat alcohol addiction.
With consistency and effort, you can begin working towards a new future now. Contact us to find out how.