Alcohol disorders are becoming more common, and an estimated one in twelve adults in the US either abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent. Most people delay trying to quit drinking either because they feel it is an impossible task or because they are not ready to give up the lifestyle that goes along with drinking. If you find yourself falling into one of these categories, it may be time to ask yourself two important questions that could change your life forever.
Could You Give Up Drinking If You Had To?
Imagine for a moment that a doctor told you that you had one month to live unless you gave up drinking. Think about your partner, children, friends, and family and imagine how they would feel if they lost you to alcohol abuse. Would you be able to stop? If the answer is yes, then you are already aware that you have the power to stop if you absolutely had to.
Are You Ready To Change Your Current Lifestyle?
Now that you know you have the power to quit if circumstances required it, you can begin to compile a list reasons that will become your motivation to stop drinking for good. Many people drink simply because they enjoy it and are not ready to give up the social aspect that comes with drinking alcohol. If you cannot imagine living your life without going to bars with friends or relaxing at the end of the day with a drink, then it is time to prepare a list of pros and cons that relate to your alcohol use.
Pros and Cons of Alcohol Abuse
Write a list of all the benefits that could be had by continuing to drink and another list of all the benefits of quitting. Don’t forget to include the benefits that quitting will have on your family and career prospects. Next, write out two lists on what you will lose by continuing to drink and what you will lose if you quit. Once you have your lists in front of you, do a quick tally to see which direction would be most beneficial to you at this particular moment, and let this be your motivation to enrol in a rehab programme or biophysical detox that will help you give up alcohol for good.
Choose four things that you will need to do before you can give up alcohol and write them on a piece of paper. They could be easy tasks like find a new hobby or pastime or more difficult things such as breaking contact with a friend who encourages your alcohol use. Cutting people out of your life will not be easy, but it is necessary if they cannot accept what you are trying to accomplish and will try to hinder your progress. The people who really love and care about you will support you as you try to get better, and it is worth giving up a few friends to enjoy a healthier life and win back the respect of your family.