Alcoholism is unhealthy, destructive and unnecessary. People who suffer from it may believe they have some “genuine” reasons to not stop drinking, however, it is important to first accept that addiction of any sort can’t be justified by any means and logic.

If you are someone dealing with alcohol addiction or you know someone who is dealing with it, the first thing to know is that it is very much possible to recover from it. While to the addicts, it may look like an unattainable goal, but with a burning desire, strong determination and external support, alcoholism can be treated and cured. This road to recovery can sometimes get tough but it is still less painful than living with the dangerous and damaging repercussions of addiction.

Some people might not know how much intake is too much intake, in such cases, one must consult a doctor. It is highly common for people to not realize how their light consumption turns into a full-blown addiction. The onus is also on friends and family to keep a check on the intake when they suspect an overdose.

Alcohol rehab clinics is, of course, one very important and crucial step in the road to recovery but apart from this, there are plenty of tips and changes one needs to adhere to. With the help of some easy tips and suggestions, you can go a long way in this journey of healing and a healthy lifestyle.

Here are those tips for you -

1. Be Aware & Acceptant Of Your Intake, Triggers and Health Risks

As mentioned before, the first step is to admit and accept the problem. Unless you don’t accept and recognize a problem, there can’t be any recovery. A lot of people have the tendency to either shy away from it or to run away from reality. However, such escapism only makes the situation more complicated.

First realize about your intakes and triggers, further talk to your friends and family about this. Tell them about the situation honestly so that they can help. Make sure you talk to someone you can highly rely on. Together with them, get enlightened about health risks. Visit a doctor if you think the problem is grave and your health is getting impacted. It is suggested that never wait for a point when your health is in shambles entirely. The moment you realize your intakes are increasing, take action. There is absolutely no sense in pushing it to a stage where there is either no turning back or there is a tough road backward. Do not wait for rock bottoms. Understand the graveness of the situation, be aware.

Further, with the help of your loved ones, get determined to recover. After acceptance, a determination is the second key to success when it comes to alcoholism.

If you think you have some reasons that trigger your alcoholism, note them down, talk about them to your loved ones or doctor. Be aware of these triggers and patterns.

2. Write down Counters to Your Triggers

Once you have accepted your reasons and triggers, and have noted them down in a notebook, make a list of points that counter those triggers. This is a very logical approach to deal with the dire situation. If your brain sends you a trigger or a situation seems like a trigger, you should immediately think of all the reasons why you shouldn’t drink.

Some counters to triggers can be “But, it will affect my health”, “but, it will destroy my relationships with my loved ones”, “But, alcohol is not the solution to this problem”, “How will alcohol makes this better for me”, etc?

When addiction increases, alcoholism doesn’t remain a choice. People become victim of their old habits. But as someone who wants to get free from this, you should not let your old habits take in charge of your life. You have the power to say no, you have the power to take in charge at any point in time. Some discipline and a mechanism can take you really far and soon you will live a normal life again.

Be very mindful of the health challenges such as stress, kidney failure, depression, anxiety, heart-related problems, etc. These are some grave symptoms of alcohol use. Note these also down in your notebook and use these against triggers. All the reasons why you shouldn’t be drinking can be part of your diary.

3. Shift Focus. Start Doing Meaningful Things Such As Exercise or Yoga

Once you’ve recognized the problem and you are determined to defeat it, you should start shifting focus on “what next”? The more you think about your triggers, patterns, past, etc, the more you are likely to relapse. Do not give yourself free time to sit idle and think about unnecessary things. Shift focus on an overall healthy and meaningful life. Know that eventually, that is what we all trying to attain.

By doing some physical movement, you can help yourself in a huge way. Exercising, gyming, running, yoga or outdoor games such as badminton, tennis, volleyball, hockey will help you adopt a better lifestyle. This activities also make you feel energetic and productive. Afterward, you can focus better on your work, your finances and your relationships.

Some yoga teachers, make you do Asanas that can help you heal from inside and further, reduce stress and anxiety. In addition, also focus on a healthy diet. Drink juices and eat salads.

4. Avoid Meeting Friends Who Drink A Lot. Reduce the Number of Parties to Go To

This one may seem a little difficult to many but if you spend time with friends who have higher intake themselves, how will you ever recover? At the time of recovery, you should avoid such friends and also, avoid places that have alcohol in large quantity.  Good friends are to make you a better person in life, they are never supposed to encourage you for something that can potentially spoil your life.

Avoid going to parties and pubs as everyone drinks there. Even if you want to take a drink, make sure you sip very slowly and don’t binge. Take your loved ones along and ask them to keep a check on you. It is understandable that if you are an addict, it will be difficult to stop entirely but you can slowly work on these things and bring about changes every day.

Do not stock alcohol in your own house if you have a bar.

5. Take Professional Help from Therapists and Doctors

With few tips, determination and external support from family, if you can beat the addiction, it is really great but if you think the situation is grave or you feel relapses or withdrawals, you must consult professional help.

If you are an addict, it is very likely that the moment you reduce your intake, your body starts acting differently. There can be some withdrawal symptoms if you leave abruptly such as nausea, sweating, headaches, anxiety, diarrhea, stomach cramps, shaking, vomiting, etc. Professional help will be able to guide you better in such individual cases. Consult the doctor immediately.

It is also likely that your alcoholism was triggered by some big losses or situations in life, in such a situation, it is extremely important to take help from therapist and counselors. Sometimes, addict’s loved ones severely get affected by certain things and it’s important to give them some relief by taking help from therapists and by talking to people who are trained in dealing with such situations.

6. Consider Alcohol Rehab Centers

Rehab centers are not as scary or dangerous as they sound. They, in fact, take care of the patient in a very professional way. There is a different kind of programs available in rehab centers for different kind of addictions. Depending on your addiction level, you can consider visiting the alcohol rehab center also consider different factors in deciding the best-suited treatment. Person’s age, triggers, life history, professional life, personal life, loss, etc get considered by rehabilitation centers.

Some centers may consider giving medication in certain cases. Since rehab centers are 24*7 facility, it is a very convincing way for many people to beat the addiction and survive alcoholism.

Like any other tip, this one also requires you to be fully aware of the problem and determined about the solution.

7. Find Meaning In Life Again

After all this, it is not easy to come up with a new goal but without goal setting, you won’t be able to reach anywhere. Once you set your goal of stopping alcoholism, next should be a healthy lifestyle. Further, you should find new meaning in life.

It is highly common for people to feel existential and demotivated after such an episode but if you give your life new reason, it can get better. You can read books, watch documentaries, find better friends, spend time with family or make some professional goals.

Reading about other people's success stories can bring a different type of motivation in you. People who survive something like this, also want to help others come out of addiction. Many people make this their goal. You can definitely consider this once you are completely out of the vortex of alcoholism.