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It’s all about the booze

It’s a well-known fact that drinking too much can not only lead down the path toward alcohol addiction but can also exacerbate other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

This makes it important to be mindful of how much you drink, but even better why it’s important to find a way to detox from alcohol for good.  So, how can you cut back on your drinking?  What steps can you take to quit alcohol?

There’s evidence from research and from clinical practice that those people who want to quit and act on such changes stand a very good chance of achieving the desirable outcome.

We have to keep in my mind, however, that people’s motivation to change can vary with time and there will be days when our resolve is better than others, but the key to succeeding is by continuing to try and not giving up.

In the case of an ongoing and persistent drinking problem, it’s unwise to suddenly stop drinking.  The shock to your system can be severe, so it would be best to pursue a proper detoxification plan with a medical professional at recommended alcohol detox centers.


There are benefits waiting

Cutting down on alcohol can provide a general boost to your self-esteem while quitting is an even better idea.  Alcohol is a depressant and can worsen any previous presentations of low mood and depression.

It’s evident that alcohol detox leads to drinking less and that has an overwhelmingly positive effect on a person’s physical and mental well-being.  But that’s not all the good news.

Other benefits include feeling physically and mentally fit, looking physically better, saving money you ordinarily spend on drinks, weight loss, better sleep, better judgment, reducing the risk of heart problems, immune system issues, and many other health troubles.

Throw in improving relations, work performance and all around mental well-being and yes, you can easily see the benefits when you detox from alcohol.

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You can make it stop…

Many different forms of alcohol addiction treatment are available to assist you in your recovery.  If you’re ready to stop drinking and you’re willing to take the necessary steps to seek help, alcohol addiction can and will become a part of your past and recovery will be in your future.

The first step to getting help for your alcohol addiction is to make the commitment to change.  The road to recovery will likely be a long and difficult journey but the end result is a rewarding and powerful feeling that you get when you know that you have completely overcome alcohol addiction.

The method of treatment for alcohol addiction that works best for you will depend on a number of factors.  One important thing to remember is that there is no one-size-fits-all treatment program that works for everyone.  Alcohol addiction treatment typically includes counseling and therapy.

Support groups are widely used to help patients find social support and also to gain additional life and social skills, rebuild relationships, learn how to listen to others and be compassionate and reintegrate into society post alcohol addiction.

Examples from the CDC Alcohol and Public Health (https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol) include:

  • Residential Treatment – this method of alcohol addiction treatment takes place in a facility that is similar to a hospital and houses patients while they receive counseling, support, therapy and medical treatment for their alcohol addiction.
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs – these alcohol addiction treatment and alcohol detox programs do not require the patient to live at the facility. However, they do provide very intense daytime treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • Outpatient Treatment – these programs provide counseling, therapy, and support to patients daily, weekly or semi-weekly as needed.
  • Sober Living – these facilities provide a smooth transition for the recovering alcohol to move from a residential alcohol treatment program on to sober living.

Don’t wait another day.  Take action now!

Stanley Kessinger