One of the first steps to de-addicting from alcohol is to accept your alcoholism. Alcohol being a socially acceptable drink does not raise eyebrows. A person snorting cocaine might face some criticism from society, but a person who takes a drink every day does not. In fact, millions of people unwind in bars every evening after a hard day at work.
So, how do you address alcoholism amidst such cultural acceptability of alcohol?
If you drink daily, do you still need to attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings?
Signs you have alcohol use disorder
- You begin to shirk responsibilities at home and the workplace.
- Your cravings for alcohol increase.
- You cannot live even for a day without drinking.
- You become restless, agitated, or depressed the day you don’t get a drink.
- You start neglecting your loved ones, your own health, personal hygiene, and activities that interested you once.
- Your mind is obsessed with alcohol.
If you or anybody you know shows even one of the above signs, you are heading towards alcohol addiction. Those who show all the signs are in dire need of a recovery program.
AA meetings in Utah help alcoholics recover from their addiction and embrace lifetime sobriety. Of course, there are cases of relapse. But then, there are also people who have achieved sobriety.
How AA helps
AA has been around since 1935. It has stood the test of time. It is thriving despite the presence of other recovery programs. AA does not conduct any particular therapy or subject you to some medication program. It simply helps you find your own power to fight alcoholism.
For this, it first makes you accept your reality – that you are powerless in front of your alcoholism and want to change your situation.
AA meetings help you find faith in the Almighty or the Higher Power. First, you surrender, then you gain power. It is more of shedding your ego or reluctance to accept your alcoholism. You become humble.
Once this happens, you gain power and control over your life’s situation.
Interestingly, this very step is relevant for other aspects of life too, be it your career, relationships, and more.
Perhaps that’s the reason people who continue to follow the steps hardly find a need to go back to alcohol. They become powerful enough to take life into their stride.
Calculating your sobriety
Knowing the number of days you have been sober till now motivates you to continue being sober. Say, you did not drink for the last 30 days. This encourages you to make it to 60 days and so on.
Tools like Sobriety Calculator help you calculate the exact number of your sober days. Some people might have “cheated” and taking a drink in between. Then they realized their mistake and got back to being sober. The Calculator can help you keep a track of the exact sober days so that you know your recovery status.
So, if you want to quit drinking, look for “AA near me” and join a meeting today. It is never too late to start.