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Alcohol Addiction Self-Help

Posted on :  June 23rd, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovery from addiction, particularly where a socially acceptable substance such as alcohol is involved, can take time and perseverance, and embarking on it at your own pace is a vital part of successful recovery.

As a result, many find that the best way to start is small: by implementing baby steps by themselves, before seeking professional help.

Formal treatment is improved by the right mindset and some of these tips can help to cultivate the right mindset, so they’re a great place to start.

Getting started

“Working towards recovery all begins with reflection.”

Most people who begin to consider the possibility that they may have a problem will be in two minds: on the one hand, they may recognize the detrimental impact it’s having on the rest of their lives, but on the other, they still exhibit dependent behaviors and have the physical addiction based around the idea of reward through the release of dopamine.

“The first step is always to rid yourself of any residual denial.”

The best way to do this is by listing the pros and cons of carrying on with the addiction (with the knowledge that addictions tend to get worse if left alone, and never get better.)

Things to consider include:

  • Is it affecting your relationships?
  • Is it having an adverse effect on your health?
  • Is it having an impact on your work performance?
  • Is it costing you significant portions of your money?
  • Is it filling some other gap in your life? (e.g. productive hobbies, relationships, interests etc.)

Making changes

If you’ve decided you need to take action, then the next step is to begin formulating habitual changes that you can implement across all aspects of your life.

Start by setting goals – do you want to cut down, or cut alcohol out completely? Or, do you want to cut it out completely, but begin by cutting down? Either way, here are some simple changes you can make to work towards these goals:

  • Inform loved ones about your goals, so they can help you stick to them
  • Remove yourself from temptation, whether this be a matter of removing alcohol’s presence from your home, or not allowing yourself to visit situations in which you would previously drink
  • Stay away from those who reinforce bad behaviors
  • Keep a drinking diary so that you know how much you’re drinking
  • If you do drink, implement controlled drinking by doing it very slowly, or introducing water rules to accompany alcohol
  • Have sober days where you do not permit yourself to drink at all

Once you’ve successfully implemented these changes, you may find you don’t need additional help. However, if you do, you’re likely to be in the ideal mindset for professional assistance.

If you’re interested in learning more about yourself, and your own addiction, and live in or around Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Brantford, Ontario, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589 to locate your nearest clinic and kick start your journey.

Make sure you have an unexpired OHIP card or call 1-866-532-3161 to find out how to get one.

Towards Recovery Clinics Inc. (TRC) is an Ontario addiction treatment centre with the philosophy to help individuals take control of their addiction and help them rebuild their lives and careers.

Don’t hesitate to call us! We’ll be happy to help you.

Who We Serve ?

  • Individuals using/abusing street narcotics (e.g. heroin).
  • Patients abusing prescription narcotics(i.e., Codeine, Talwin, Percocet/Percodan, Dilaudid, Morphine or Demerol, et cetera).
  • Individuals displaying any of the following behaviours: Compulsive drug use or drug seeking/craving.
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