You’ve asked yourself the question: "Should I stop drinking?" Are you trembling yet? Not knowing if you should or if you have the strength to do it. Asking the question is a courageous beginning and a feeling of pride and terror can be normal. You are not alone.
What does it mean to ask such a question?
It means change – a new beginning. It means that you, the person asking this question, are strong, brave, and dedicated. It will not be an easy road. There will be setbacks, cravings, and moments where you will think that you cannot take it anymore. These setbacks do not define an individual who is lazy and weak but shows an individual who is trying. It is not about whether you have the setback but on whether you try again.
What are the benefits to stopping drinking?
Health wise – the liver is no longer exposed and damaging cells, the kidneys are not working as hard to filter the alcohol out of your blood, the brain is no longer being damaged, and the heart is not working as hard. Emotionally – relationships can mend, your emotional state can begin to heal, and more.
How does an individual stop drinking?
Not alone – find a support system. There are rehab centers that you can research, an alcoholics anonymous group that can help, and even talking to your doctor and being honest about what you are battling is beneficial.
A support system can help you stay accountable, help you through setbacks, and help you stay motivated. If you are asking this question, please discuss this with your doctor and your family. They are there to help you. You are not alone in this battle.