In terms of most abused drugs, alcohol ranks second. Numerous deaths have been caused by chronic alcohol consumption and overdoses. As a result of regular alcohol consumption, tolerance develops. In order to get a high from alcohol, one must consume more alcohol. Upon reaching tolerance, the body will tremble, ache, and refuse to sleep when it is not given alcohol. Thus, further alcohol consumption is perpetuated, and one gradually neglects their social responsibilities. As a result, one becomes “dependent” on alcohol.
The consumption of alcohol does not define who you are; you are much more than your drinking habits. There is hope for those who struggle with alcohol.
There are some people who end up as dependents, but they don’t want to remain dependents. Most people who are addicted to alcohol quit several times a week. Make sure you stick to your decisions by following this advice.
Get motivated by searching within yourself!
It’s all about you, so keep that in mind. Your decision to quit for someone else is likely to fail if that “someone” disappoints you. You should remember that alcohol will try to manipulate you and make you take one more drink. Taking responsibility for your sobriety is the only way to stay sober. It can be very motivating to stop drinking with the support of partners, children, and other loved ones, but you are the only one who can keep the motivation going. Where are your reasons for quitting? Consider only “yourself” when answering that question.
Don’t forget to write it down!
Finding intrinsic motivation might seem difficult at first, but you’ll find it with a little effort. Please record the information once you have found it. Besides slowing things down, writing provides an outlet for fleeting thoughts to become facts. I would appreciate it if you wrote it down. Maintaining a drink diary can be a significant addition to your intrinsic motivation. The following should be recorded in your drink diary.
What was the reason for your drinking?
When you drank how much,
The consequences of not being able to drink.
When you drink, what does it feel like.
You had that drink, so what have you gained, and what have you lost?
I want to know why you couldn’t control yourself when you have already decided.
Ask your close friends what they think of your drinking. Take a moment to reflect on your drinking habits. Quantify the feedback and observe them to see if they are true. When receiving feedback, please keep your mind open and do not become defensive. You learn a lot about yourself from each entry in your drink diary.
In order to keep the habit going, addicted brains commonly engage in denial, minimisation, and rationalisation.
The second step is to watch for hijackers
The effects of addiction can be hijacked by any substance, forcing you to seek drugs. Some people cannot recognise hijack as a crime at all since it is so common. When you drink, you might not realize that you are being dragged away from who you are. If you aren’t drinking, you may become irritable and irritated at everything. You aren’t here. Having a drink makes you feel guilty and helpless after the hijack, which will make your efforts difficult.
You need to become an expert in identifying the hijack. You should be responsible for every drink you take and make sure you are doing so consciously. You will be in a much better position to cut down or stop drinking once you identify the hijack.
The third step is to open up!
There is no cure for addiction. Having a drinking problem is not something to be ashamed of. There is an illness that needs treatment for you. Self-control or intelligence have nothing to do with this. When you seek help and support from friends and family, you will be amazed at the amount of support you receive. Be honest with a few trusted people about your difficulties. Support will be a necessity for you.
A fourth step is to see a doctor
Please seek medical help for your drinking problems, regardless of how minor you may think they are. Helping a person break his or her addiction increases the chance of success many fold. You will realise one thing very important as you attempt to quit and remain abstinent: it’s difficult! Stress and sleeplessness can accompany withdrawal symptoms. There can be times when withdrawal symptoms are downright dangerous.
The first step of detoxification is to consult a psychiatrist. Medications may be prescribed by your doctor to ease withdrawal symptoms (tremors, insomnia, nausea, palpitations, etc.). In addition, tests will be performed to determine the condition of your internal organs. Complications can be assessed and managed. After the detoxing process is complete, it will take approximately seven to ten days. In case you don’t drink alcohol much, detox. Make sure you keep hydrated and check for withdrawal symptoms. Sleeplessness, sweating, palpitations, and increased blood pressure are typical symptoms. Minor symptoms will subside after three days. You should never withdraw from alcohol or other psychoactive substances without supervision.
Be careful not to let your emotions get the better of you.
Abstinence from alcohol can help you gain control over your life. You become susceptible to a hijack again as soon as you become confident about controlling your drinking. It is possible to end up in a cycle of short periods of abstinence followed by longer periods of uncontrolled drinking.
It is possible for an individual to relapse even after being alcohol-free for several years. Relapse prevention options are many. You can choose from support groups to medications that may cause side effects if you drink again. You can get all the options from a professional.
This is where we go back to step one and write how it feels to be sober. Whenever you are tempted to consume another drink, write the moment down. Because you already know what alcohol can do to you, abstinence should be your top priority.