You think you have a problem because you binge drink on the weekends, have four beers every night after work, hide an extra bottle of liquor in with the baking supplies, make sure never to run out of your favorite alcoholic beverage, have an excuse for everytime you want a drink, and you continually downplay hangovers.
One day you know you have a problem because you are afraid you’ll drink too much at a party over the weekend. You’re at the party and are hyper focusing on what the person you’re in a conversation with is saying. You know the alcohol you’ve consumed is getting the better of you, and you’re trying to fool them into thinking you’re fine.
In some ways, you’re lucky that you are aware of the progressive and aggressive way you’ve been drinking lately. You decide to cut back. It doesn’t work. You end up drinking as much as ever. Stopping isn’t an option, because you love the effects the alcohol has on you. What to do? You think about asking for help, but don’t follow through because you’re ashamed, and once again, you really don’t want to quit.
At some point with an addiction, you cross over into denial. I don’t have a problem, after all. My spouse doesn’t like the fact that I drink this much, but he’ll/she’ll get over it. Besides, you tell yourself, I can quit anytime I want. Right? Wrong. An addiction doesn’t work that way. It’s relentless, unforgiving, a destroyer of relationships, livelihoods, health—all that used to be near and dear.
Why can’t you quit? Alcohol education will teach you that heavy drinking overwhelms your liver. The excess alcohol will circulate through every organ in your body, including your brain. According to Brad Lander, Phd, clinical director of addiction medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, when you constantly drink alcohol, your brain can change nerve cells and brain connections to accommodate the alcohol and help you function better with the alcohol in your system. Once the brain adapts to the alcohol, it does not undo the adaption. It says, give me a drink, and make it now!
You can quit drinking with courage and the help of medical and psychological professionals. You can heal from an addiction and move on to a fulfilling life. Please ask for help today!
“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell
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