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How to Get Help For Drinking Problems – A Guide
Attempting to overcome alcohol abuse without help can be likened to rappeling down without a harness – not holding onto the rope and not falling are nearly impossible. If you don’t want to fall, knowing how to get help for drinking problems is an essential and powerful part of making the decision to start recovery.
Do You Need Help for Drinking Problems?If you are concerned about the amount you are drinking, there is a high possibility that you are drinking too much.The same is true if you have noticed that your health, wellbeing and relationships have changed negatively as your drinking has increased.Here's a quick and easy test. Go through these questions and see what your answers are. Do you:
- Drink every day or 4 or more times a week?
- Hide from others how much you drink?
- Have difficulty remembering things that have happened while you were drinking?
- Drink to feel better or happier?
- Drink to feel normal or to fit in?
- See changes in your appearance, particularly in your skin?
- Have trembling hands the morning after drinking?
- Feeling sick and anxious when you stop drinking?
- Need a drink to start your day?
Where to Get Help for Drinking Problems?There are different services to suit different needs. Many people just need someone they can open up to, while others may need much deeper intervention. Similarly, groups work for some, whereas others need one-on-one contact to feel safe and supported. Or some of you just go out there and start looking for answers on how to stop drinking once and for all.The help you require will depend on the severity of your drinking, how long you have been drinking and your personal circumstances.Your options include:
- Going to your family doctor and having a talk, see what they say.
- Online support like forums and groups that cater to individuals who think they need help
- Individual counselling with a therapist or counsellor
- Group therapy / support sessions (like the group settings of AA aka Alcoholics Anonymous)
- Inpatient Treatment / rehab centres