“I found the prospect daunting, but somehow comforting, too, because the counselors insisted it could be done, and, after all, many of them were recovering alcoholics themselves.” -Craig Ferguson

It’s easy to deny we might have a problem or might be getting close to that point. We might try to rationalize things by underestimating how much we actually drink, or downplaying the consequences of our drinking. We might complain that our family and friends are exaggerating the problem, or we may even find ways to blame them for our drinking in the first place. We tell ourselves that we can stop drinking anytime we want to, or that we aren’t hurting anyone else but ourselves, or that it doesn’t affect our jobs so it must not really be a problem. But deep down we know that none of that is really true – and that can cause us to drink every more.

The truth is – a guy with a drinking problem and a job is still a guy with a drinking problem. And how we use alcohol doesn’t just affect us, it affects the people around us as well. The fact that you might not be an alcoholic today doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you ever. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism sneak up on people when they are least suspecting it. Examine your drinking habits and be brutally honest with yourself. Am I at risk of possibly developing a drinking problem? If the answer is yes, then you owe it to yourself, and everyone you love, to address the issue earlier than later. Seek the advice of a professional and reach out for support. Don’t wait for things to get harder.

For a long-term solution to your substance-abuse problem, consider a reputable rehabilitation center that can meet all of your needs. There are many options available to you, either through the state, or more private options. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a website that shows the location of available local treatment options. This information is also accessible by calling 1-800-662-HELP. For more local help and questions, contact the experienced counselors at Serenity Acres by calling 1-800-203-2024, available 24 hours a day. The most important thing for you to know is that you’re not alone. It’s just up to you to seek the help.