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. Drinking alcohol in excess in a single sitting or to an enormous amount, daily is alcohol abuse. Doing something consistently can become a habit, and gradually someone becomes dependent on the drinking lifestyle. Since it’s become habitual, like any other habit it becomes hard to break away from the cycle.
These are the red flags that show one is slowly becoming an alcoholic. An alcoholic will; have problems at work, they will be less energetic than their colleagues, they will have random blackouts and worst case scenario, they will start hurting other people Craving for alcohol or suffering from withdrawal after not drinking are sure signs of alcohol dependency. Withdrawal takes place when an alcoholic chooses to stop drinking. The body shows signs that a withdrawal is happening, such as nausea and anxiety. If the symptoms above seem too familiar to you then, you are an alcoholic, and the journey to sobriety is long but worth it.
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’. Set some goals for yourself and try to be as stubborn as you can with your will to leave your old habits behind.
Engage in meaningful talk with your friends about how you are doing and be honest. Keep away from friends that take your situation as a fad and make fun of the idea..
You can join AA meetings, or if it does not vibe with you, take it upon yourself to find a group even through the internet that you feel you can be free with. This will give you strength and hope especially when you hear testimonies of people who were able to come out of their addiction.
Take notes of every good thing that has been happening around you after you decided o take on this journey. If you enjoy spending time with your family, note that down.
Start making healthy decisions and stay in tune with your emotions. 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 various things that are waiting to be discovered, and you can use that time to find them. You can start a blog and share your journey, even start meditating and keep yourself at ease. Being idle and lazy will get you back the beginning.