Everyone likes a drink from time to time. There’s nothing wrong with this so long as the situation is under control. However over time there is a risk that drinking alcohol regularly and persistently could morph from a harmless bit of fun to an increasingly important part of your life. As alcohol gains prominence in your life, so too do the odds of alcohol addiction.
The fact is that those who develop a reliance on alcohol often try to rationalize their drinking. They’ll say it helps to calm them down, that it helps them sleep or that they could stop whenever they want. This inability to accept the truth of the situation can rapidly lead to “underground drinking”.
Perhaps you already know the feeling. You’re worried about what your family, friends and work colleagues might say about the volume of alcohol you’re now drinking so you start to find ways to conceal the situation.
Perhaps you have alcohol stashed away at home where it can’t be measured. Maybe you’ve become adept at brushing your teeth or sucking a mint after a drink so people cannot smell alcohol on your breath. And maybe you’ve started making excuses about working late just so you can pop to the pub for a drink before getting home in the evening.
However, hiding your drinking can be a big mistake. If you’re concealing your consumption of alcohol right now, there are a number of reasons why you should consider coming clean to those who really care about you.
A reliance on alcohol naturally comes with health risks. Even if you feel totally in control of your drinking, there are risks such as harming yourself at home or the increased likelihood of an accident after drinking. You could even be struck down by something totally different, yet the treatment reacts badly with the alcohol in your system.
In short you owe it to yourself, your family and the hospital staff that everyone is aware of your alcohol dependence. If the worst happens and you need medical treatment in some way, and your family are able to alert the medical staff to your situation, they may well be able to factor that into your diagnosis – and the subsequent treatment.
Sooner or later most alcoholics realise just how much of a negative impact their drinking is having on their life. As a result, many alcoholics will make a genuine and concerted effort to cut down on their alcohol consumption – or quit altogether.
However the truth of the situation for those with an alcohol reliance is that this detox process can be a tough experience both mentally and physically. Even merely attempting to cut down on your alcohol consumption can cause unpleasant side effects which require a lot of discipline to overcome.
While many alcoholics naturally believe they’ll be able to cope with these side-effects by themselves, the medical facts suggest something rather different. Those who have a supportive and caring environment are typically far more successful in beating alcohol addiction – and have a far easier time completing the necessary treatment.
While you may have started to conceal your alcohol consumption primarily because of “comments” that were being made by family members who you feel don’t understand your situation, these people are in all honesty worried about your health. Coming clean, asking for their forgiveness and then their support can greatly increase the chances of beating your addiction.
If you have a partner then the issue of “secrecy” when it comes to your drinking can be a thoroughly damaging one. Your partner isn’t stupid; they probably know far more about your drinking problem than you think they do. They may have smelled the alcohol on your breath or found a bottle you’d hidden out of view.
Every day that this charade continues hurts your partner and damages your relationship. It corrodes the trust they have in you until your relationship is nothing more than a shell of its former self; two separate people who just happen to live under the same roof.
While alcohol may have increasingly taken over your life recently, there’s no denying just how much you really value your partner. Taking the time to really consider your relationship can often be a sobering experience. In hindsight you may be able to accept that your drinking is causing problems with your relationship.
Admitting to your partner that you have a problem and asking for their help can be a very positive step in rebuilding your relationship and helping you come to terms with your problem.
Help In Dealing with the Problem
Have you heard the stories of people who smoke all their lives, only for a friend of theirs to drop dead from lung cancer? The next day they quit smoking without problems, take up running and the next thing you know they’re the healthiest person around. That one giant shock was enough for them to transform their lives – after literally decades of wallowing and half-hearted attempts at quitting smoking.
So it is with so many other things – including seeking addiction treatment. It’s just so easy to continue on down the same path, always putting off sorting out your problems, until you get the wake-up call you really need.
Telling your family about your problem can help to create this life-changing moment. Even if you don’t feel up to it, they’ll most likely be willing to find you treatment, accompany you to the doctors and so on. They can be the support that you really need to face such a monumental change in your life.