Alcohol addiction is difficult to get rid of. It may even seem impossible but with persistence and determination one can overcome it. No matter how bad it is, if a person is ready to give up on drinking and alcohol abuse he can recover from it. A person does not always need to visit a doctor or a rehabilitation center to get of the muddle unless the addiction has been very serious. Otherwise, the person can follow a specific regime and get himself free from past bad habits.
When a person drinks heavily and regularly his body too becomes physically dependent on it. It shows withdrawal if you suddenly stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include the following:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Stomach cramps and Diarrhea
- Trouble in sleeping and concentrating over things
- Anxiety and restlessness
- High blood pressure and heart rate
Withdrawal can be unpleasant with the body starting to develop symptoms. Duration of alcohol withdrawal range from within hours of after the person stops drinking. It alleviates in a few days. The symptoms range from mild to severe and the symptoms mentioned above are an indication of the latter. Severe form of alcohol withdrawal causes changes in the way the body regulates circulation and breathing. This at times can be life threatening as well. Such a condition calls for the need to see a doctor immediately.
Once you decide to quit alcohol do not turn your hand towards the bottle for the next 2-3 years. Join some ‘no alcohol’ group or change your schedule and set of friends. This is important as your friends or the group with which you usually sit and drink can make you drink alcohol again. Indulge into different activities like yoga, dance, reading, etc.; these help in reducing stress and keep you away from alcohol as well. If you happen to drink with your office group then try to change your team or office to keep yourself away from alcohol. Lastly, spend time with your family.
The person who wants to quit drinking should know that it is going to make his world much better and change for good and forever. The benefits of giving up on drinking include the following:
- Improved relationships
- A sense of feeling good about you physically and mentally
- You will have time and energy to spend on people who matter to you and activities you are fond of. All these would eventually result in a happy you.
In severe addiction cases the person can also approach rehabilitation centers that provide care, counseling and treatment, besides instilling self confidence that helps a person become better individual once he goes out.
Many Thanks to Alaya for this guest post 🙂
- Professor EBM on Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium (jajsamos.wordpress.com)
- Experience, Strength and Hope; There is That Too (steponacrack.wordpress.com)