The medical term alcoholic means someone that is dependent on alcohol. The name alcoholism is defined as the inability to control how much alcohol can be consumed 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. Dependency is unhealthy both mentally and physically, and it’s challenging to overcome.
There are signs that you should be aware of when it comes to alcoholism. The signs include problems at work, drinking and driving, blackouts, legal problems and hurting others or getting hurt while drinking. 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. Symptoms like sweating, nausea and anxiety start taking course over the body. 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 step to being sober is accepting that you are an alcoholic and that you need help. 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. Keep away from friends that take your situation as a fad and make fun of the idea..
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.
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.
Maintain healthy lifestyle and take on practices such as hiking and walking to keep you healthy mentally and physically. Such small actions will have a great impact in your life and keep you going when you feel like you have hit a wall. You will get revitalized and re energized . 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 join a clay moulding class, poetry sharing, maybe take some photography lesson. Anything is better than sitting around and being idle.