How to Find Help When You’re Ready to Stop Drinking

It can be hard to admit that you have a drinking problem. However, once you do you can begin seeking help. The only problem is that many alcoholics are ashamed to talk about their problem. Thankfully, you can go to people who understand and will help you without judging you. Whether you begin by meeting with your family doctor or get involved in a program, you can get the help you need. The following are a few tips on how to find help when you’re ready to stop drinking.


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Speak with Your Doctor

Many people prefer speaking with their doctor because it’s confidential. However, it can still be difficult for some, especially if you’ve known your doctor for many years or know him outside of the office. Regardless, this can be a wonderful place to start when you’re ready to stop drinking. During your appointment, your doctor will ask a number of questions related to your alcohol consumption to help determine the extent of your addiction. If you truly want help, you need to be honest with your answers. If your doctor feels that you are indeed addicted, he can refer you to a specialist who can diagnose you and begin treatment. The doctor may also want to run tests to see if the addiction has caused any damage.

Consult a Counselor

Another option is to consult a counselor who specializes in addiction. A counselor can help you pinpoint why you’ve become addicted as well as any triggers that cause you to reach for a drink. A counselor can also teach you better ways to handle the triggers. Counseling can be done in a group or in a one-on-one setting. You also have the option to check into a treatment facility for counseling or do outpatient counseling and treatment.

Get Involved in a Program

Last, but not least, there are a number of programs geared at helping people end their addiction. While Alcoholics Anonymous is the most popular group, it’s not the only group. There are a number of great programs available through churches and other community centers. Some people even find that a combination of counseling and a program can be more successful in ending the addiction. Ask your doctor or counselor about the programs available in your area.

Addiction is never easy to admit and it can be even harder to seek out help. While you may be embarrassed to admit your addiction, there are a number of people who can help you stop drinking. Whether you seek out help from your doctor, a counselor, or a program you can beat your addiction. You’ve taken the first step in admitting it to yourself, now’s the time to take the next step.

About the Author: Jeffry Bumpas is an addictios counselor who speaks regularly to small groups about how to quit drinking. If you’re really ready, seek the assistance of a professional for guidance and support.

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