When Alcohol Turns into Alcoholism

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Young crying woman in depression drink drinking alcohol

Alcoholism is attached with such a negative stereotype that many people have a difficult time coming to terms with the amount of alcohol they drink, the patterns of their drinking and what influences are causing them to drink in the first place.

How easy for any of us would it be to admit we have a problem with our drinking?  Could you cut back on your drinking?  For how long?  At what point do you realize you need help?  The answers become more difficult as more questions are asked.

If you are curious about your drinking, ask yourself the following questions:

1.  Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

2.  Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

3.  Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

4.  Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (eye opener)?

If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol consumption.  Are you surprised?

Why do some people have a problem with drinking and others don’t?  The answer can be a variety of factors.  Some of these include:  heredity, chemical imbalance, coping mechanism turned to dependency, anxiety and other psychological problems.  Some people choose to get help themselves, some are persuaded by family, friends, or co-workers.  Some end up in the emergency room as a result of an overdose and some are coaxed into a private facility to get treatment.

Alcohol depletes the body of essential vitamins and minerals causing them to be malnourished.  They are deficient in key vitamins such as the Vitamin B Complex, Folic Acid, magnesium, Omega-3 fatty acids, and others.  A deficiency in any one of these or a multiple can cause depression.  So it makes sense that re-building the vitamin and mineral levels in the body will make the person feel better while dealing with their addiction.

Drug therapy includes Librium, ( Cholrdiaze Poxide) a benzodiazepine which releases anxiety and withdrawal symptoms such as tremors.  It can be used as part of a rehabilitation program facility or prescribed by an M.D. to take on their own.  In 20 cases studies, about half of the participants reported relapsing into alcohol drinking when not seeing a counselor or support group on a regular basis.

There is evidence that correlates AA attendance with increased abstinence for many problem drinkers.  Most drinkers get a sponsor.  The AA sponsor is related to the behavioral aspects of the steps.  Having a sponsor helps the person complete the steps which motivates them to take the next one.  The sponsor also helps the person make amends and achieve some of the behavioral prescriptions in the steps.  The actual spiritual change is predicted more by attendance in the meetings.   Other groups include Women for Sobriety, SMART Recovery, and Celebrate Recovery.

Everyone needs help to achieve their goals.  What are yours?

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