Learn Simple, Proven Steps to Overcome Alcohol Addiction Before It's Too Late

According to Medicinenet.com, alcohol abuse or addiction is a disease that affects millions of people. True, alcohol addiction will include an actual craving for the chosen form of alcohol. It will also include a need to continue to drink more and more, at a cost to health, the job and possibly family relations.

There is help for those suffering from this disease. The first step is actually admitting that the alcohol addiction exists, and that the user needs help. The help may come from family and friends or the addiction may be so severe that counseling and medical treatment is necessary.


Once the problem is admitted, the abuser needs to stay away from all sources of alcohol and general outpatient programs. They can rely on friends and family for this, by asking that all events be of an alcoholic free nature. Changing habits of where they hang out will help as well. Most alcoholics prefer to hang out in bars and drinking establishments. The temptation is too great, so those suffering from alcohol abuse need to avoid these types of places.

Seek out your employer and be honest with them. They probably know about the addiction because of your work habits. Your job may even be in jeopardy by now, so admitting your problem to them may in fact save your job. If your employer offers health insurance, treatment for your alcohol dependency may be covered.

Look to friends that have had a prior general outpatient program and have beaten it

They will become a great mentor and ally for you to rely on. They will in essence become your "big brother" of hope and encouragement.

If all else fails, remember that alcohol addiction is a true disease. Seek medical advice from your primary physician. He or she will refer you to the proper counseling and may even offer you medication to help with the withdrawal that will occur as you weed yourself off of the alcohol.

A person with an addiction to alcohol doesn't know how to stop drinking. There is no such thing as "one more" to an alcoholic; there must always be another one. Many alcoholics will often drink alone because they want to hide their drinking.

An alcoholic always has the need to drink; it does not have to be a party or a celebration. The first thought an alcoholic has in the morning is drinking. Drinking is also the way in which a person suffers from an addiction to alcohol says his bedtime prayers.

Alcohol reveals itself in both physical and mental symptoms. The symptoms and their severity vary from one individual to another. The first indicator of alcohol addiction is the refusal to admit that alcohol is a problem.

Other common, physical indications of alcoholism include changes in sleeping habits, slurred speech, clumsiness, red face, weight loss, upset stomach, numb hands and feet, and black outs. The mental symptoms include mood swings and emotional outbursts. An addict will also show a very high tolerance for alcohol because he will need more and more of the liquid to feel the effects.

People with alcohol addictions have very little interest in the things that used to give them pleasure. Their hobbies become boring and so do the places they used to frequent that don't support their alcohol habits. Alcoholics often hide drinks in unusual places to make sure they always have it. Their dependency on drinking will also reveal itself through monetary problems and troubled, interpersonal relationships.

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