Alcohol Abusing You?
Is It More Harmful Than
Desperate to stop drinking but don’t know how. Maybe you’ve tried and failed (maybe you’ve failed multiple times)
There is a way out. You can quit drinking and have a good life. A life you enjoy. A life with meaning, filled with people you love, a life you can be proud of. One without shame and suffering. (I know you suffer, it’s not a secret. I’ve been there.)
If you know alcohol (or drugs) is hurting you. If you know it’s only going to get worse. If you’ve had enough.
Here are some common objections. With some real basic answers. Remember, to some extent, all of them are based in reality. But you cannot get sober until you stop drinking (or drugging). You also cannot have a meaningful life if you are in a continuous cycle of drunkenness and withdrawal. But you already know that, or you wouldn’t be here.
If you have any of these objections, talk to the phone counselor.
- You don’t want to lose your job
(it is against federal law to fire for getting help for a medical condition)
- You will deal with it on your own
(you’ve already tried that, probably several times)
- You can’t afford it
(insurance will pay and the money saved once you’ve quit drinking alcohol will help too)
- You don’t have a problem
(your not searching the internet for fun, your on this page for a reason)
- 12 Step programs are not for you
(there are a lot of options besides 12-Step programs, SMART Recovery, etc., ask the phone counselor)
- Who will care for your family (sick parent, young children)
(this can be a legitimate excuse, talk to the counselor on the phone)
- You’ve tried it before, it doesn’t work
(now your going to try it with help, your going to find out what went wrong before, talk to the counselor on the phone
- You can’t miss work, too many bills
(you likely already have trouble maintaining steady employment, you’ll also have all the money you would have spent on alcohol, )
I understand that you may be hesitant.
I didn’t think I could give up alcohol, until I finally did. I didn’t believe I had “really truly” quit drinking until I hadn’t drank for a full year. After all the failed attempts I didn’t trust myself. By the end of the 2nd year sober, I wished I would have given up alcohol a decade sooner.
I had survived as an alcoholic but I hadn’t lived. When I got sober I mourned the loss of time with my family. Instead of following my dreams, I got dragged around by a bottle. I regretted it all, because I threw away some of the best years of my life and I couldn’t get them back. I still regret it, but the damage has been stopped. And the future, a real future, has begun.
A hundred different alcoholics will tell you that same story, each one a little differently, but essentially the same.
- “I should have quit drinking sooner”
- “I threw away the best years of my life”
- “The things I could have done if I had been sober, instead of drunk or strungout”
These sorts of remarks are common among recovering addicts. Once you have a little sober time, you’ll know exactly what they mean. You’ll also learn how to let go of regret and move forward with your life.
This is the easiest way to overcome an addiction. It is also the fastest.
You don’t know this yet. But, it’s way easier to be sober, than it is to be drunk/high. It’s way, way easier than twitching and shaking because you aren’t.
Help yourself now!