Step One: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol and our lives had become unmanageable. The first step in finding a solution to any problem is admitting there is a problem which needs to be solved. Admitting you have a problem with alcohol is hard. You can surrender to this issues and overcome it.
You Could Jeopardise Everything
There is a lot of shame and stigma around alcoholism. Though awareness is rapidly growing, there is still a lack of information and wide misconceptions about alcoholism which can seem like a threat. When Alcoholics Anonymous was formed in 1935 it chose anonymity as a tradition because people needed to be protected. The reputation of being an alcoholic who needed to get sober could jeopardise their careers, their livelihoods, and their families. Today, living with alcoholism and being in recovery from alcoholism is celebrated more than shunned. You aren’t likely to lose everything when you admit you have a problem with alcohol. A risk of losing relationships, jobs, and financial security always stands. However, that risk is heightened because of alcohol and a growing problem with alcoholism, not the prospect of sobriety and recovery.
You aren’t Sure Getting Sober Would be Good for You
Everyone has their “reasons” for drink. These justifications are often deeply tied to underlying issues which are typically emotional. You might have tried getting sober once and felt wretchedly sick, had horrible cravings, and couldn’t stand the anxiety. You might also have concurrent mental health issues which come up when they aren’t being pushed down by alcohol that you aren’t prepared to cope with. Whatever your reasons for drinking excessively are, you aren’t sure they are worth giving up the alcohol, no matter the cost. While this frame of mind isn’t sustainable, it is common. It will take time for the alcohol to clear from your system. It will also take time for you to learn how to effectively cope with the difficult emotions you might have. No matter how much time it takes in total, your life will continue to get better one day at a time. Getting sober when you have a problem with drinking is always a good thing.
You Think You Can Control it on Your Own
What if you don’t have a problem with drinking? What if everyone who has been making comments, suggesting you cut back, and offering you advice on your drinking is wrong? They are thoughts that everyone has when they are on the brink of admitting they need help with their alcohol problem. It’s possible you could control it on your own. Likely, you’ve tried numerous methods numerous times without success.
At Castle Craig, we believe in helping patients grow along a spiritual path. Our goal is to have each patient leave our treatment centers in optimum health of mind, body, and spirit. Renewing their sense of purpose and meaning in their lives, our patients are prepared for long term abstinence. For information on our residential treatment programmes, call our 24 hour free confidential phone-line: 0808 256 5570. From outside the UK please call: +44 1721 788 006.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | August 1, 2017