If used in rare occasions and in moderate amounts, alcohol has been proven to be beneficial to one's health. And it is but normal to develop great liking to alcoholic beverages. However, when waking up with a hang over has become a constant thing for you or alcohol has become your constant companion, maybe you should consider asking yourself if you have an alcohol addiction.
First off, here are some signs that could be present in alcohol addiction:
If after reading the signs you suspect you have an addiction to alcohol, here are some tips to overcome it:
First off is admitting that you have an addiction. This is the hardest part. Some may perceive themselves as weak if they admit they have an addiction, but it is only when you admit to yourself that it is possible that you have an addiction will you be able to start overcoming it. Remember, there is no vulnerability in taking steps to improve oneself
Prepare yourself on how this is going to impact your life. If you have severe alcohol addiction, you are more or less likely to undergo the five (5) stages of grief or the Kubler-Ross model (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), since alcohol has become a significant part of your life.
List down your reasons for quitting. It helps to have this handy, especially when you're itching to get a shot. It could include the effects of heavy alcohol use such as liver problems, gaining too much weight or personal reasons like doing it for your family, a special someone or to be able to save up for your future, anything you could achieve when you quit your habit.
Find a new hobby. With the time for drinking gone, you'll have a lot of time in your hands, to not succumb to the pitfalls of boredom, it is best to fill that time up with something recreational like painting or learning a new language. A new sport or work out routine could help you overcome your addiction since you can easily see the bad effects of exercising then drinking afterwards, and clearly, these two don't match.
Organize a support group. Remember how it feels when people say "I understand." Yet you wonder if they're truly feeling your pain, your struggle. Well why not share with a support group, this time, when someone says "I understand", you know that they do because they are going through or have gone through the same thing
- Get into rehab. This may be the last thing you want, but in extreme cases, you might want to consider enrolling yourself in one.
Remember, true courage comes accepting weakness and trying to do something about it.