It’s not easy to admit that your drinking has crossed over from moderate or social drinking and become a problem. Many people start to use alcohol as a way to deal with their problems and bury their emotions, but they can spend a long time denying any problem to themselves and others. But once you have taken the first step and admitted to yourself that your drinking has got out of hand, you can begin to address the issue. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse can be dangerous, but you can face them head-on with the right treatment and support. Read the following tips to help you face your problem and start getting on the track to recovery.

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Do I Have a Problem?

It can be difficult to work out whether you have crossed the line between social drinking and abusing alcohol. The way that people consume alcohol varies in different cultures, and it affects individual persons in a variety of ways. But the essential thing to consider is whether your drinking affects your life negatively. You may have a problem if you feel guilty or ashamed about your habits, and perhaps lie to others about them. Family and friends might express their concern for the amount that you drink. You also might feel that you need to drink to relax or improve your mood, often drink more than you intend to or find yourself blacking out or forgetting what you did while drinking. If your drinking habits are causing problems in your life, you have a drinking problem. However, alcohol abusers aren’t necessarily alcoholics. Alcoholism also involves a physical dependence on alcohol.

Starting to Get Help

If you have realized that you have a drinking problem, a good place to start for help is your doctor. They can help you to work out your next step and provide you with information about dealing with your problem. There are many places you can look to for support, including rehabilitation facilities, self-help programs, and therapy. You should consider some different options and decide which one is right for you, but it is essential that you have some form of support. Some people choose to try and stop on their own while others need more help from medical professionals. If you are physically dependent on alcohol, this is especially important, as you may need to take medication to help with withdrawal.

After Treatment

Whichever treatment option you choose, you may still struggle with alcohol once you have completed it. You may find yourself struggling with your relationship with alcohol for the rest of your life. Some people choose to make significant changes to their lifestyle. They might move into a sobriety house after rehab or completely alter their social circle.

It’s certainly not uncommon to slip up, but you can help to minimize the likelihood by putting yourself in an environment free of triggers and temptation. If you do make a mistake, it’s important to get back on the horse right away. Remember that a brief relapse doesn’t have to escalate, and talk to your sponsor or counselor to help you work through it.