‘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.
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.