It is often in life that we allow our fears to hold us back from achieving our goals. The same happens with addiction. When you are deciding to give up drinking there may be a thousand reasons that go through your head as to why that is not a good idea. You may even continuously assure yourself that you don’t have a problem, and that your drinking behavior is normal. However, over time you will eventually come to the realization and acceptance of your addiction.
When deciding on a life of sobriety, one of the biggest concerns of the addict is the withdrawal symptoms. Many alcoholics have relied on alcohol for multiple years and rarely have had it out of their system. Therefore when the detox process begins and it is finally removed from their body, there will be a host of unpleasant physical effects. Withdrawals will typically begin just a couple hours after the last drink and can last for weeks depending on the individual. Withdrawals from alcohol can consist of:
- Hot flashes
- Cold sweats
- And in more extreme cases seizures
While unpleasant, these symptoms are certainly bearable in exchange for a new lease on life. If you are severely addicted, the best course of action is to go through some sort of detox program, which will help you remain safe and comfortable while clearing your body of alcohol.
Along with sobriety can come a number of lifestyle changes, many of which will be so unfamiliar it may lead to you to question if you are even the same person.The thought of the loss of oneself is common when beginning to abstain from alcohol. You may find yourself questioning who you are, what you will do for fun, how you will relax and so on. More than that, you begin to fear the unknown, such as where your recovery will lead. How do you know you will not turn to another mind-altering substance as a support to kick your drinking habit? All of these questions can lead to you feeling overwhelmed and anxious about your recovery. Some may even lead to you questioning if your recovery is worth it. Maybe you began drinking because you are more of an introvert and the alcohol made you more outgoing and confident. Whatever the reason, it is no reason to question your sobriety. In your early recovery you may find yourself retreating in your shell as you did prior to alcohol, but with time you too can overcome this. It is important to realize these changes do not change who you are, but help you discover the real you outside of alcohol.
Fear of Failure
One of the most frightening thoughts within the recovery lifestyle is failing. While in everyday life failure is common, it is something we find hard to accept in recovery. However, the reality is, it does happen. The realization that sometimes everyone fails can help you to not give up. It does not mean the battle is lost, it just means you have to get back up and try again. You are strong enough and capable of beating alcohol no matter how many times you may fail along the way there. Each failure endured is just another lesson and more motivation to succeed in a life of sobriety.
If you or someone you love has an alcohol problem and you are having concerns about quitting drinking, contact one of our addictions specialists today at: 1-800-203-2024.