Overcoming Alcohol Dependence

Overcoming Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependence is a serious problem that develops after long term use of alcoholic beverages. It is characterized by a mental and/or physical need to have an alcoholic drink. Another name for this is alcoholism. People who suffer from alcohol dependence exhibit the craving to have a drink in order to get by through the day and complete basic tasks. There are some traits that most people who suffer from this disease have in common. They may drink in the morning or is drunk for long periods of time, hides their drinks, stocks up on large quantities of alcohol, and feeling guilty after drinking. If you suffer from any or all of these characteristics you should seek medical help.

There are surveys that can be taken to determine the degree of your dependence, based on your honest answering of questions. Heavy drinking over a long period of time can lead to mental and physical issues such as depression and cirrhosis. At the same time it is important to look at underlying factors that may cause one to drink excessively. Stress, genes, and a preexisting mental issue can all factor into the cause of alcohol dependence. After determining how bad your condition is, the next step is you personally admitting to a problem. Once that is done, the recovery process must begin.

Many people with drinking issues find it helpful to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and talk about your feelings and urges with other people who suffer from the same thing as you do. Your identity is protected and you can go as often or as little as you want. Most areas have several meetings every week, if not every day. Next is to remove risk factors from your life that may provoke you to drink again. Talk about your alcohol dependence with your family and friends, so that they can make you comfortable when you go and do every day activities. Throw out alcohol in your house if you feel that it is a temptation to drink. If you are overwhelmed by stress at work or at home try and reduce the level in your life. Making time for yourself is important to unwind and clear your mind. Taking up more hobbies or exercising can not only take your mind off drinking, but help you regain your footing in like.

People from all walks of life suffer from alcohol dependence, including people you would not normally suspect. The key is to maintain control of your drinking, and if that is not possible to stop drinking. That can be hard, so that is why it is important to look at the various options that can be explored to help you during this difficult process. The longer you remain in control and/or sober, the easier it gets to say no and to turn down temptation. In some severe cases if you cannot help yourself, going to a rehab center can certainly make the difference. If you recognize that you suffer from alcohol dependence, begin the road to recovery as soon as possible.

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