The medical term alcoholic means someone that is dependent on alcohol. Alcoholism is the incapability to control the amount of alcohol that is taken at any given time. Alcohol abuse happens when there are unhealthy drinking habits such as drinking too much in one sitting or drinking to an excess daily. Doing this every day eventually leads to dependency. Dependency is unhealthy both mentally and physically, and it’s challenging to overcome.
The following are signs you should look out for when it comes to alcoholism. Alcoholics become a menace not only to others but themselves, they will blackout, get arrested for drinking and driving and sometimes end up hurting themselves or others in the process. Withdrawal, and a strong want for liquor are all signs that one is an alcoholic. Withdrawal occurs when someone who was drinking before decides to stop. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, nausea or anxiety. If you have experienced such symptoms then you are an alcoholic.
The first thing you need to accept is that you are an alcoholic and that you want to work yourself out of this addiction. No one can force you to stop something unless you genuinely want to; thus you must have a goal, you should know what you want at the end of this journey.
If you have any alcoholic drinks in your house, you will have to throw them out, remember ‘ out of site out of mind’. Choose being sober be your life project, think of it as a matter of life or death stance.
Engage in meaningful talk with your friends about how you are doing and be honest. Bring close friends who realize your situation is dire and that are willing to help you out to get through your addiction..
You can also join an AA meeting just so you can share stories and ideas with people in a similar situation. This networking will motivate you to get out of your situation.
Keep a journal and write about your progress and how you feel daily.
Eat healthy foods and exercise. Destructing yourself will take your mind away from the alcohol. Making such steps may seem little, but they will keep your head above the chaos that you were in before. You will regain your strength back and start having more time that you can spend with your family and friends. There are very many things you can do to keep your mind occupied if the idea of exercising is not your type of palate. You can take on cooking classes, perhaps try your hand at painting, just anything that is positive to the mind and soul. Anything is better than sitting around and being idle.