Do You Need to Stop Drinking?
Quoting cliché’ statistics and quips about the benefits of stopping a drinking habit are relatively fruitless. An alcoholic understands the destructive and costly elements of dependency. Someone whose best friend in life is a pint knows that the friendship is bittersweet at best. Words are powerful, but so are fermented grains once they have the time to reorder a person’s brain chemistry.
Deep down, every person addicted to alcohol knows that they should stop drinking. That tiny voice pleading for a change is somehow always muted by the desire to experience the false benefits of “relaxation in a bottle.” By the time a person realizes that becoming dry is necessary, the effects of addiction have already made that reality nearly impossible to achieve alone.
While admitting an addiction to alcohol is difficult, it is never too late. Though alcohol changes brain chemistry, an addiction is always able to be overcome. It can be a long process that involves physical, emotional, and relational struggles. This is why the clichés do not work. Of course, alcoholism is destructive. That truth does little to help addicts understand how to stop. The key is coming to the realization that your “best friend” is doing you harm. Here are a few indicators that signal when it is time to consider breaking the hold that alcohol has on your life.
The Second Job Doesn’t Cover Expenses
Many high-functioning alcoholics have the strength and fortitude to cover drinking expenses with a second job. Somehow, addicts always calculate their addiction expenses into their budgets. What does it cost to maintain a daily buzz? Alcoholism can be very expensive depending upon the drink of choice.
When a person takes a second, or third job to cover an addiction, this is a sign that it is time to quit. Inevitably, the extra work will not be enough. This is especially true if the addiction causes other harm that includes legal ramifications. Coincidentally, a recovery program for alcoholism is far less expensive than a lifetime of addiction.
Evidence in Nature
Have you ever witnessed a dog or cat smell something on the street and gag? Something in the animal’s body triggers this response because of the presence of something that could do it harm. The same thing happens to people.
If you ever open an alcoholic drink, and gag a little, it means that your body is rejecting it. Alcoholics will ignore this response, and they will force down the drink anyway. When your body rejects even the smell of a drink, this means it is time to stop. Once your body rejects alcohol, drinking becomes a purely psychological activity. When you force yourself to drink out of habit, you are choosing to do harm to your body.
The human body has many ways of showing when it has had too much alcohol exposure. Skin problems, digestive complications, motor control issues, and joint pain are only a few. If your body becomes conflicted with your inclinations toward drinking, this is a sign to stop.
Most functional alcoholics find ways to involve drinking in their everyday routines. Eventually, every aspect of a daily routine will be accompanied by the perceived relief of taking a drink. If you watch the clock, organize your daily tasks, and plan future events according to a drinking schedule, sobriety is a must. Once your alcohol dependency has progressed this far, only a solid recovery program will be effective. Alcohol addiction creates a false life template. It robs people of valuable time that should be spent enjoying what life has to offer. Alcohol addiction prevents people from utilizing the time that is given to them.
If a person is dependent on alcohol, one of the toughest things they can do is decide to stop drinking. An alcoholic needs to find a way to emerge from underneath the false belief that drinking is a part of life. When it becomes difficult to live each day without being buzzed, it is time to stop drinking. In order to stop, you might need to enter a sobriety program. One of these programs could involve a stay at a recovery facility. Don’t think of this step as a setback. Entering an alcohol addiction recovery program is a proactive step that shifts your life path away from a negative trend. Internally, every alcoholic knows when it is time to stop. Recovery programs are available to turn thoughts into reality.
Have a look at The Recovery Village website to learn more.