Alcohol free living is possible. However, many people do not understand how to cure alcoholism and end alcohol abuse once and for all. Many people who attempt to quit drinking will struggle in a vicious cycle of relapse and sobriety. Those who try to quit on their own are more likely to fall into the trap of not being able to control their drinking.
Fortunately, it is possible to cure alcoholism – and it can be done in just 5 steps. It’s not an easy cure. There is no magic “one size fits all” fix that will solve and end the problems of alcohol abuse in individuals and their families instantly, but there is hope and it can be done with the right treatment plan that matches the needs of the person.
Thousands of people have been able to overcome their addiction and move on to live happy and successful lives – you can too.
Here are the 5 Steps to Quit Drinking:
1. Admit There is a Problem: Denial is the biggest problem in treating alcoholism. While the individual’s family and friends may recognize that drinking has become excessive or is negatively affecting the person’s life, the person who is addicted to alcohol will likely not. You cannot always convince someone that they need help. Many former alcoholics refer to “hitting rock bottom” to be the point that they realized it was something they could not overcome on their own. Unfortunately for many it is not until mounting problems such as losing friends and loved ones, multiple legal issues, or being hospitalized occurs for someone to realize that they need help.
2. Ask for Help: A lot of people believe that they can overcome alcoholism on their own without the help of others. However, the reality is that alcohol consumes a person and controls their life – not the other way around. You have to ask for help, even though you may feel awkward about it. Fortunately, treatment centers and professionals are caring and understanding – they do not judge you, they do not criticize you. They simply give you the help that you need, and for many it is a huge sense of relief.
3. Overcome Addiction: Depending on your level of addiction, you may need to undergo alcohol detox before you can quit drinking. Withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous for those who are severely addicted and can include anything from hallucinations to tremors and seizures to even death. For this reason, it is best when detox is done in a supervised setting for your own safety.
Many physicians will prescribe detox drugs such as Librium or others that will greatly reduce or even entirely eliminate withdrawal symptoms that helps make the process much more comfortable and easier to overcome. After detox has been completed, you are “cured” – you no longer will have the withdrawal symptoms that make you crave alcohol. However, it’s important you don’t stop just there, since you have treated your body but not your mind.
4. Begin Therapy/Treatment: After addiction has been overcome through detox and your body is no longer craving alcohol, the next vital step to cure alcoholism is to treat the emotional side of the condition. Your body may no longer be dependent on the alcohol, but overcoming old habits is the most difficult part of the process.
There are many different treatment centers and methods for doing this – some may prefer inpatient therapy, others outpatient. Attending group meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or others may be of additional benefit to some.
5. Maintenance: After you’ve undergone therapy and have been equipped with the tools and resources necessary to live a sober life, the last and final step is to continue to abstain from alcohol and stay sober. You may be able to have the occasional drink again several years of sobriety later, but exercising control and caution is very important. For most, it is best to avoid drinking and the triggers completely.
There are countless different methods of treating alcohol abuse. Some have decided to try natural remedies or “miracle cures”, others have been successful on their own. Every person is unique, and for that reason it is best that you choose a treatment plan that works for you. You don’t have to just jump into whatever treatment plan your doctor prescribes you or is the most common one known in your area. But it is VERY important that you take that step and seek the help of someone else.
If you are concerned about a loved one’s drinking, seeking help for yourself is just as important as seeking help for the person who has a drinking problem. With the right plan and when the person is once and for all ready to stop drinking once and for all, it is absolutely possible to cure alcoholism.
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