Having a drinking problem is not a sign of weakness, it is not a sign of having bad morals, or that those who have an alcohol problem are bad people. Alcohol is a strong substance that is highly addictive. It is a chronic disease that requires a treatment plan, sometimes you need to adjust that treatment plan, and it is important to stress, what may work for you may not be what other needs. Try to not feel discouraged, we understand that it is hard. But just like now everyone has the same reasons for drinking, there are different treatment plans available. Medicine is an ever evolving thing, if you tried a treatment plan years ago and it did not work, it may be drastically different today.
While it is important to have a strong support system around you, you as the individual need to recognize that you have a problem. Recognizing that social drinking or “I’ll just have one beer” is not something that you can do because you can’t just have one drink.
Using alcohol as a crutch or self medication is not a healthy alternative. It is not healthy to rely on alcohol to make you feel better, or more outgoing. Alcohol does not bring out a better you, it lowers your inhibitions but it doesn’t magically turn you into a standup comedian. Look for alternative ways to bring out that outgoing person without alcohol. Because you aren’t doing yourself any favors by relying on alcohol. You cause damage to your liver, your mind, body, and others around. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, but it also lowers your ability to make sound choices.
Accepting the fact that you will have to live with this disease for the rest of your life can be a hard realization to come to. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that has no cure, there is no vaccination available. Don’t let this deter you. If you want change, seek it out. Alcoholism does not need to dictate your life. Overthrow its control and take back your power. We won’t lie to you, the possibility of you having this constant inner power struggle may be with you for life. But as cheesy as it sounds it’s a saying for a reason: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The internet can be about more than the latest memes and cute kitten videos. Share your story or listen to others see that you are not alone.