Did you struggle to finish Dry January?
If you’ve struggled completing Dry January this year and the urges to drink alcohol have been too much. It could be time to start reassessing your relationship with alcohol.
If you’ve had some heavy drinking sessions over the past month, and can’t seem to reign it in, this is where you may need to re-evaluate your relationship with alcohol. Having an alcohol problem isn’t something you should be ashamed of. According to Alcohol Change UK in England there are an estimated of 602,391 dependent drinkers with only 18% which are receiving treatment.
Behaviours of alcohol addiction:
- Increased aggression
- Drinking in secret
- Drink driving
- Acting irrational or saying hurtful things to others, and having no recollection of these events the day after
- Finding excuses to drink
- Unlawful activities
- Emotional, physical or verbal abuse
- Neglecting own personal hygiene
- Neglecting responsibilities, not going to work or looking after your family
Treating alcohol addiction
When it comes to recovering from alcohol addiction, the goal is for you to remove alcohol from your life altogether, which is more commonly known as abstinence. While this may sound daunting, our experience tells us that you will have a better chance of continued success if you say ‘no’ to alcohol.
How to stop drinking alcohol
At Steps Together, we know that recovering from an alcohol addiction is not easy. We also know that it is possible, and it is worth every second. It might sound like a cliché but recognising that you have a problem is the first step that you should be proud of taking. Deciding to make a positive change is half the battle.
Seeking professional help offers the only long-term solution to any addiction. Your GP can also offer advice and refer you to support groups in your area. Having someone to encourage and support you during the hard times will be invaluable to your recovery. Ask a friend or relative to come with you to your appointments with your GP or counsellor. For further information about Alcohol Addiction please click here.
How Steps Together can help you or a loved one
Alcohol addiction doesn’t discriminate, the disease of addiction affects people of all ages, gender, races and social classes. There are stigmas associated with people suffering with addiction which could hinder people from getting the right help. But at Steps Together we can help you make that first step towards recovery! A healthier life and freedom from addiction.
At Steps Together we offer a range of treatment and support services that can be tailored to your needs and ensure you gain the help you need. We have three stages of treatment and support.
If you would like further information about alcohol addiction please click here. Or speak to one of our friendly treatment advisors today on 0330 175 7031.