‘I’ll stop next week — just one more drink.”

“I can quit anytime I want!”

“Yeah, it gets out of control sometimes…”

“I’m sorry I did that…I was just drunk.”

If any of the above statements are something you have said to yourself, then there is a good possibility that there may be a significant problem that needs immediate attention. This problem however, is manageable! Alcohol doesn’t have to be a centerpiece in your life.

Alcohol is a social drink – used for times of excitement and for times of relaxation. Now, in moderation and without the need to get drunk/intoxicated — it can be a harmless substance; one that doesn’t cause any personal trouble or negative consequences. However, if the drink is not enjoyed over a long period but rather “chugged”, has the sole purpose of being used for intoxication, or is a way to numb the internal pain that won’t go away, then it is being used for all the wrong reasons and could be bordering on that scary word…Addiction.

Although the word “addiction” can apply to many substances (caffeine, stimulates, opioids, etc), the most commonly known addiction is alcohol addiction and it is one of the most prevalent addictions there are. The term “addiction” is not a medical diagnosis, but rather a self diagnosis — and only one that you can claim to have. If the alcohol can’t be stopped (failed attempts at sobriety), is used more often and in greater quantities, has led to negative consequences, and is taking over other areas of your life (social, work, relationships) it is time to seek help.

The best way for this to happen is COMPLETE abstinence from alcohol. This is where a competent counselor and a strong support group comes in handy. Quitting alcohol by yourself is tough…many fail within the first 2-4 weeks. A competent therapist will help you uncover the root causes for your drinking, explore negative thinking patterns (stinkin’ thinkin’), and help you develop plans to gain control back. However, the counselor is just one part of this process — support groups (AA/12-step programs) are also an integral piece of the puzzle.

Your therapist may recommend an outside group in addition to the weekly therapy.

If alcohol is starting to cause any problems in your life, or you feel it has become unmanageable, then it’s okay to ask for help. Many people shy away from asking for help due to embarrassment. At WCC we take these things very seriously and are here to help. Call today to set up an appointment with anyone of our competent counselors!

Are you ready to get started? Get help now!