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The Road To Sober - Quitting The Alcohol Before It Consumes You Completely

Feb 11, 2008
When you've been listed on the roster for your first AA meeting, you know your drinking problem has gotten out of hand. You've probably acknowledged in the past that your drinking is heavier than the usual social drinking spiels but deny that it is uncontrolled.

However, when your drinking interferes with your life and brings in a lot of unwelcome repercussions on your health, job or studies, and directly or indirectly hurts the people you love, you are definitely abusing alcohol. The situation is much graver then when you've tried and had little to no success at quitting, many times over.

There isn't a single incident that can be pinpointed as the cause of alcoholism but it occurs more frequently in individuals whose family has a history of alcohol abuse. People also often turn to alcohol when they are depressed, lonely, or just to relieve a little tension. It starts off as an every now and then thing, moves to a little habit and then turns into an addiction. Before you know it, you have friends and family advising you about the excessive drinking.

Quitting isn't the easiest thing to do and immediately doing so will only result in frustration and failure, driving you back to even more alcohol consumption. It's daunting to think about quitting even though you know it must be done, but it all seems much easier to keep the bad habit than to try aiming for sobriety. The first and hardest step is acknowledging you have a problem and that you want to rectify it. Once you can swallow your pride and admit that alcoholism is the bane of your life, try and commit to achieving results.

A well laid plan can be mapped out for you to ensure your success. Follow the plan and you will succeed. Of course, it helps to get help from a support group. You'll find family and friends willing to help you win your battle but you also have to show that you are in this too. They cannot help you if you cannot help yourself. In addition, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and taking part in their recovery programs will provide additional support in your quest to quit.

Don't be afraid of what will happen to you when you quit. Your body will be the first victim of your attempts to seriously quit. It has gotten so used to having alcohol in it that it will go through withdrawal symptoms on varying levels. It is important to have your doctor support you, too, because he/she will also be needed in your life at a time like this. Along with the programs you will be subjected to, treatment of severe alcoholism is best under a doctor's skilled practice to ensure that you will be kept safe from not only the alcohol, but yourself.

Getting your life back on track will be a long and difficult process but it can be done. You should be proud that you are stepping up and regaining control!
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