Many people in my family and a few friends have tried to use self-help techniques as treatment for an alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a powerful thing and to try and break the chains on your own by trying some kind of self-help method is a waist of time. People who are hooked on this drug need help from others who can help get them strong. Once an addict gets into a recovery program, where there are like minded individuals it’s easier to stop drinking alcohol. There is strength in numbers. A three stranded cord is difficult to break in comparison to one a one strand string.
The ideas in an alcoholic’s mind that they can quit consuming alcohol by trying self-help techniques fits right in with the insanity of the disease. It’s insane to think that a powerful addiction like drinking alcohol all the time can be stopped without help from others.
Alcoholics must come out of the closet and get their problems on the table. The more you share with others the better you begin to understand the triggers that cause you to drink. This is why support group meetings are so powerful. You can attend meetings, never say a word and listen to many people give helpful techniques that they use to stay sober daily.
There are no easy ways out, no free rides and no self-help method that has been proven in my circle of friends and family to work for curing alcoholism.
There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. If you are considering finding some sort of guide for self-treatment for alcoholism, let me be your guide. Don’t waste your time. Alcoholism is cunning, baffling and powerful. If you are at the point where you are ready to quit drinking, then please find a local program like AA where you can get help from others who know how to stay sober on a daily basis.
You may never feel the feelings that you are right at this moment ever again. Don’t blow it. Ask for help and do it today.
This is a very crucial time in your life if you are seriously ready to stop drinking. Don’t waste your time trying any kind of self-help tips, tricks or techniques. Get into a program where you will have a support team of people who understand what you are going through because they are alcoholics themselves.
You may think that this is the most horrible thing to admit to others, being an alcoholic. What if you were in a room full of alcoholics, then could you admit to your drinking problem?
Recovering people don’t point the finger at anyone. The AA programs are designed around patients, love and understanding. Actually AA is called a fellowship because the people become friends in the program.
This may be your only window so don’t waist this chance to stop drinking. Every friend and relative I’ve know who tried to help themselves and stop drinking, bombed out. Don’t misunderstand me, I think that it is great that you’re considering trying a self-help program to quit drinking alcohol. I used to be an alcoholic. So, I know what you are up against. I personally tried to quit several times on my own and failed miserably every time.
When I finally hit a huge bottom, then I reached out to the AA program and found the help that was necessary for me to quit consuming beer on a daily basis.
You can try to do this by yourself, but it will not work. Alcoholism is a problem that is in the mind. So don’t let your already medicated or intoxicated system try to convince you that a program teaching self-help methods for quitting drinking alcohol will work. Save yourself some money and go the Alcoholics Anonymous because their program is totally free and proven to work.
It takes a lot of courage and self realization when you are an alcoholic to finally realize and admit you have a problem. I oftentimes think of things my exAH did that in hindsight was probably him recognizing he had a problem and trying to control it himself with no success. I made one suggestion to him about seeking an outpatient clinic and as I put it “just so you can stop drinking long enough to take your arthritis medication that you can’t take while drinking”. I never said the word alcoholic but he told everyone I accused him of that and then he went on a smear campaign against me. I guess there is a big stigma with that word and maybe that is part of the denial in refusing to accept it like they see it as a failure. So for an alcoholic to finally decide to go into a group therapy and admit a problem is a HUGE step and they should be instantly rewarded for it & encouraged to keep going. Admitting it and admitting your need outside help is half the battle.