We have helped many people who have contacted us regarding their alcoholism Issue, this can vary from Binge Drinking, people who just can't stop once they have started, to individuals who have noticed their normal couple of glasses of wine a week is starting to become a problem, and don't want it to get out of control. We also help people who have unfortunately become bodily dependent.
If you have just discovered things are getting out of control, unfortunately, things with alcohol only get worse.
We have found the main reason people don't reach out until it becomes a real issue , is because the issue doesn't seem real enough at the time, because the individual is still functioning, still going to work, still doing the school run, etc. its not until they start to lose things in their lives, like jobs, relationships does the penny drop, they spend their time denying there is a problem or trying to manage it. We try to reach out to people before this happens.
People associate alcoholism issues with, some guy sitting on the streets, with a brown paper bag, down and out, this is simply not the case.
But if alcoholism is left, and not addressed that could, unfortunately, be a real possibility.
Alcohol Disorder is a gradual thing, it may take years to raise its head. some people seek help soon as they notice a change in their drinking, and other have to hit rock bottom before reaching out.
If left untreated alcohol disorder can only go one way for everyone, you might not believe it now, but it will start to affect your life in many ways, it will start to affect your relationships, it will have an impact on your work life, and after time you will start to lose the important things around you.
its black and white, some people in life can drink and others can not, it's the cards we are dealt in life, let me put it another way.....Some people are born allergic to nuts, so they avoid them completely. Now that alcohol may have become an issue, rather than a solution, it is important you think of alcohol in a different way
Alcohol disorder is an illness, and if left untreated will only get worse. FACT
There Are Many Stages Of Alcoholism
In most cases it starts off fun, maybe stealing alcohol from your parents drink cabinet, slowly bit by bit, replacing it with water, your only concerns are if they will notice the level going down, not thinking that dads, golden bottle of 45-year-old whisky is slowly becoming very pale.
Or hanging around the local shop with your friends, daring each other to ask an adult to go in the shop for alcohol for you, not caring what it is your drinking, you finally succeed and take your bottle to the park to get drunk, not caring about whats coming down the line.
Then you become the legal age to drink, now you have no concerns, you're to busy arranging nights out with friends, soon you find yourself having to drink more and more to get tipsy, still not caring.
Then kids or a career comes along, so you can't go out so much, so we start drinking at home, at first its a glass at the weekends, slowly increasing to weekdays as the stress builds up, now you have crossed the line, you find yourself making excuses to drink or you start hiding your drinking, maybe you start feeling guilty about drinking, you avoid going out, because you would rather stay in with a bottle.
There are various warning signs to look out for, some might be harder to identify. If left untreated alcoholism begins to spiral out of control quickly. When Alcoholism starts to affect your life in a negative way, it is diagnosed with alcohol use disorder, now you can accept this and do something about it, or continue on a path of distribution.
There is no exact formula to determine if you are an alcoholic.
Here Are Some Signs To Look Out For
Have You Noticed Your Alcohol Consumption Has Risen?
7% of adults admit to drinking over the recommended guidelines and 2.5 million people admit drinking on a regular basis and consume well over 14 units a week.
Is Alcohol Starting To Affect Your Relationships?
The effects of alcoholism on your family and loved ones can cause more damage than any other outside influence. Do you treat family and loved ones differently after you have had a drink ? as this can have a lasting effect on all. One-half of people in the UK have a loved one or family member who has an alcohol problem.
Do You Become Aggressive After A Drink?
Alcohol makes changes in the brain, which at first makes you feel relaxed, which is the reason people enjoy drinking. Anxiety actually tells us to avoid certain situations, when you drink alcohol this warning system doesn't work, in turn leading to some poor decision making and lead to aggression and violence.
Is Alcohol Effecting Your Employment?
Up to 47% of industrial accident injury'can be linked to alcohol consumption and alcohol dependence.
Alcohol-related job performance problems are caused by not only individuals drinking on the job, but also by individuals who drink far too much. Are your performance levels the best they could be at work? Are you taking more and more time off sick? or are you struggling when you are there, thinking of alcohol before you finish, or on the way home?
Is Alcohol Affecting Your Health?
I am sure you don't need telling that consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can seriously cause you health problems, the liver disease being the most common people touch upon, Liver Damage killed 11,575 people last year alone, other health problems include:
When alcohol has been in your life for so long it can be hard to see a life without it, because it wasn't a problem before right?. A drinking problem can pop its head up at any time, sometimes it may take years or it could be the fact that you have known it was there but didn't truly accept it for what it is.
There are many parts to alcoholism, to succeed in recovery you must understand alcoholism, we suggest getting to know as much as possible about alcoholism as possible. "know your enemy". what is alcoholism
We are offering 24-hour Support, which is online and by phone, we will guide you every step of the way, we can help you get the cravings, show you tips in dealing with alcoholism, help you make the right decisions and help you get things back on track, we supply videos, e-books, you will have access to our live forum, where you can interact with people in the same boat, anonymously , but the most important thing is our support, we will keep you motivated and focused.
Are you putting off seeking help because of the holidays, we can get you through all the Holidays, your only delay something you will have to face, in the long run, the longer you leave seeking help the worse things become, unfortunately.
Real support when you need it
Maybe you noticed your usual couple of glasses of wine a week have turned into a couple a night and can't break the habit, or you have stopped drinking, and enjoyed the high of sober life , only for it to last a couple of weeks, you think you safe, or want to reward yourself for doing so well, and then kick yourself because your back to square one again. If your reading this you have decided to do something about the problem , rather than bury your head in the sand.
We offer a round the clock one to one service, day by day planning of your recovery. Guiding you through every step of the way.
We also can come to you at your place of choice.
We will provide you with a good relapse prevention plan and professional support.
The most common reason for an individual to relapse is they become "complacent" , thinking they have managed a few weeks or even months, and think they can handle just one drink, this is never the case, they forget the reasons they stop drinking in the first place. Its our goal to keep you focused and on track.
Trying to stop drinking and breaking the habit alone is suicide, and you are only setting yourself up for relapse, we can help you develop the skills needed to avoid relapse.
Most people don't get the right support, its not just a case of getting sober, its a case of staying sober. We understand preventing a relapse is more than just saying "NO" , relapse prevention must start before the temptation presents itself.
Trying to prevent a relapse is something not to be tackled alone, but it is a known fact that alcoholism in the end will isolate people, it is so important in your recovery to interact with us, we are able to recognise issues and can offer the right support and solutions.
Therapy will help you get to the real cause of your alcohol issues. People who talk to a therapist alone , rather than a group, often do so because they suffer from bad anxiety,, or don't feel comfortable talking in large groups.
Having Therapy will improve your chances of success.
Maybe you have come out of rehab and need some support to stay on track, or your in recovery and struggling to find support that suits you.
Alcohol & Anxiety
Have you noticed your anxiety is getting worse, even though you drink to relieve your Anxiety, can Alcohol & Anxiety be linked?. Can or does Alcohol cause your Anxiety?
Simply give Alcohol & Anxiety a read.
Having someone to talk to who really understands Alcoholism.
Although your family or friends are a fantastic support, many individuals find that through family and friends mean well, they don't really understand alcoholism.
That's where therapy is so important in your recovery. Most people tend to shy away from therapy because they don't know what they're walking into when they finally take the plunge.
Perhaps you expect the jargon-spouting, newly aged caricatures you see on the television, people who gossip about your deepest secrets with their brunch pals or will jump into bed with their clients. But the chances are we are more like you than you think.
We know what it is like to lay your head and heart on the table like a science experiment gone wrong. Perhaps you have been thinking about talking to someone for a while.
Some days you feel really low so you drink Then some days you are fine and the thought of getting help goes away. But the issues that made you drink still remain and you inevitably will start to drink again.
What stops you from biting the bullet. Feeling apprehensive is common. Also, it can be hard to accept you might need help. Asking for help can make the problem seem more real; you can't pretend it's all OK so easily. If you are reaching out for the first time you will have questions and we would love to answer them for you.
Maybe you know someone who maybe struggling.
We also work with family and friends who's loved ones may need help. We understand it can be extremely hard Living with an alcoholic
We can offer support and advice for people who are living with someone struggling with alcohol problems, as they are normally the people on the front line, so to speak.
It can be hard for the loved ones as well.
We can give you a better understanding of how an alcoholic thinks. If your trying to help someone with alcohol problems it will take patience, you've probably worked out by now that alcohol has changed your friend or loved one.
Before you do anything, it's important to know weather your friend or loved one truly has an alcohol issue. Alcoholics may deny that a problem exists. They may continue to drink when all aspects of professional and social relationships are affected.
You might get a better insight by reading what is alcoholism or maybe you feel you might be Enabling someone close to you.
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