An alcoholic is someone that is highly dependent on alcohol. The name alcoholism is defined as the inability to control how much alcohol can be consumed at any given time. Drinking alcohol in excess in a single sitting or to an enormous amount, daily is alcohol abuse. Doing something consistently can become a habit, and gradually someone becomes dependent on the drinking lifestyle. Since it’s become habitual, like any other habit it becomes hard to break away from the cycle.
The following are signs you should look out for when it comes to alcoholism. The signs include problems at work, drinking and driving, blackouts, legal problems and hurting others or getting hurt while drinking. Craving for alcohol or suffering from withdrawal after not drinking are sure signs of alcohol dependency. When someone who has been drinking decides to stop taking alcohol their body goes through withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, nausea or anxiety. If the above symptoms are a little close to home, then you or the person facing them needs to see a doctor.
A step in the right direction is accepting your situation and accepting that you need to sober up. No one can force you to stop something unless you genuinely want to; thus you must have a goal, you should know what you want at the end of this journey.
If you have any alcoholic drinks in your house, you will have to throw them out, remember ‘ out of site out of mind’. Be as stubborn as you can with your recovery, refuse to let anything else to come before it.
Catch up with your friends about your journey so far. Keep away from friends that take your situation as a fad and make fun of the idea..
Other than a home support group, you can take it a step further and join an AA meeting, where you can share stories with other people going through similar things that you are going through. This networking will motivate you to get out of your situation.
Write down what you feel and record situations that you would have otherwise missed if you were drunk.
Start making healthy decisions and stay in tune with your emotions. Such small actions will have a great impact in your life and keep you going when you feel like you have hit a wall. You will get revitalized and re energized . There are other things you can do other than exercise. You can take on cooking classes, perhaps try your hand at painting, just anything that is positive to the mind and soul. Anything is better than sitting around and being idle.