The medical term alcoholic means someone that is dependent on alcohol. Not being able to limit the amount of alcohol that you consume within a given time is termed alcoholism. Abusing alcohol is not necessarily alcohol dependency; alcohol abuse is when too much alcohol is taken within a single sitting. Doing this every day eventually leads to dependency. Since it’s become habitual, like any other habit it becomes hard to break away from the cycle.
These are the red flags that show one is slowly becoming an alcoholic. Alcoholics become a menace not only to others but themselves, they will blackout, get arrested for drinking and driving and sometimes end up hurting themselves or others in the process. Having a desire for alcohol and getting withdrawal systems is another sign of alcohol dependency. Withdrawal takes place when an alcoholic chooses to stop drinking. Withdrawal symptoms include sweating, nausea or anxiety. If you have experienced such symptoms then you are an alcoholic.
The first thing you need to accept is that you are an alcoholic and that you want to work yourself out of this addiction. You need to want it so that you don’t go back to your sad habits halfway through the recovery.
Start from a fresh palate throw out any alcohol and rid yourself of any trace of it. Choose being sober be your life project, think of it as a matter of life or death stance.
Engage in meaningful talk with your friends about how you are doing and be honest. True friends will avoid putting you in compromising situations that can cause you to have a relapse..
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 will give you strength and hope especially when you hear testimonies of people who were able to come out of their addiction.
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. Making such steps may seem little, but they will keep your head above the chaos that you were in before. You will get revitalized and re energized . There are very many things you can do to keep your mind occupied if the idea of exercising is not your type of palate. You can join a clay moulding class, poetry sharing, maybe take some photography lesson. Anything is better than sitting around and being idle.