by Jessica Candelaria Lipsey
The first step of getting sober is to admit that one has a problem. Once someone develops the self-awareness of a drinking problem then they are on their way to a new way of life. Many times, people struggle with the difference between what is alcoholism, addiction, substance abuse disorder, or chemical dependency. They might wonder to themselves, am I really an alcoholic?
Misconceptions are portrayed frequently in the media and pre-conceived notions from others. Often times someone might compare their drinking to someone who drinks every day or experiences withdrawals and say, “At least I’m not that bad.” The curious drinker may wonder– am I really an alcoholic?
Here are some the red flags of a drinking problem:
- Having consequences directly because of the drinking. (i.e. Repeatedly miss work, family engagements, or school, but continuing to drink).
- Spending most of the week preparing for partying, drinking, or recovering from the affects.
- Putting one’s life in dangerous or risky situations when drinking. (i.e. drinking and driving, getting injured)
- Continuing to drink despite loss of memory aka blackouts
Not everyone who has a problem experiences everything listed above. The primary concern to notice is drinking despite continued consequences.
Here are some steps to help achieve sobriety:
- Hang out with other people that don’t drink
- Call someone when you really want to drink
- Attend 12 step meetings and do the work
- Stay busy.. especially on the weekends
If you are ready, you do not have to drink again. You can choose to join the 23 million Americans are in recovery and stay sober, one day, one hour, one minute… at a time. The rewards are worth it!
If you want to start living your life freed from this addiction then call Life Counseling Solutions at 407.622.1770. Set up an appointment or a free 15-minute consultation with one of our expert counselors as you reach for sobriety. Or, make your first appointment online by clicking here.