Alcohol has place in many people’s lives. Whether it is for social entertainment or a coping mechanism, alcohol becomes a problem when it hurts you and your family. It’s up to you to decide when and how to seek help with drinking. It may be taking over your everyday life, hurting your family life or just becoming a hassle for you. The good news is that you can get help this year to put down the bottle and get back to your life.
For some people it’s easy to have one drink and stop. For others it’s simply not that easy. If you know you have a problem and need help to stop, reach out and find that hand that will lift you from this despair. Excessive alcohol might make you happy for short periods of time, but once it wears off, the effects linger in your body. Alcohol can lead to serious health issues like kidney and liver disease. It won’t happen overnight, but your drinking didn’t happen overnight either. The road to your failing health could only be a few drinks away.
Grabbing a hand that is extended to help is one of the first steps to helping yourself. The first step is realizing you have a problem and want to stop. Most people drink alcohol in excess for a reason. Pinpointing that reason is essential to recovering. You may want to escape thinking of problems so you give in to the urge to drink. Others can help you get down to the bottom of your urges and stop them for hurting you. You can set goals and reasons to stop drinking. Each time you have an urge, think of this goal, person or reason that you want to live a healthier life.
You will learn how much alcohol is appropriate for you and when is too much. You may have gotten so tangled up in the glass filled with alcohol, you may not even know when it is enough for your body. Don’t let that glass control parts of you. Quitting drinking is a journey that begins with acceptance. No one is going to judge you for taking the reins of your own life and turning them in a better direction.