Alcohol, legal for those who are ages 21 and over, is one of the most commonly consumed substances in America, as well as the most regularly present substances found at social events. Throughout the duration of many people’s lives, they are repetitively faced with situations involving alcohol. Encountering pressures or urges to drink alcohol begins at an early age; typically high school. During college years, alcohol almost becomes a necessity to most students and getting drunk is almost a goal. With time and age, alcohol is generally consumed at social gatherings, sporting events, or as a pairing with dinner.
Unfortunately, some people along the way develop an alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism. When a person is addicted to alcohol, it can take over and change their entire life. Alcoholism affects a person in many ways, such as damaging relationships, job loss, financial problems, deterioration of physical health and hygiene, and can even cause issues with one’s mental health, such as anxiety and depression.
When an alcohol addiction has manifested itself in an individual, he or she will need quality, comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment in order to regain their sobriety and heal their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. Once a person has completed treatment for their alcohol addiction, sober living is recommended to help them slowly and successfully transition back into the real world. It is important to understand that addiction, whether it be to drugs or alcohol, is a disease that cannot be cure necessarily, but instead managed. When the recovery process is completed, recovering addicts will still encounter situation that may tempt them to use or bring about cravings. Learning how to avoid these situations is key, but for recovering alcoholics, avoid alcohol and environments where alcohol is accessible can be rather challenging. It can also be uncomfortable for some people to explain that they are a recovering alcoholic when offered a drink. Fortunately, there are several ways to say no to alcohol.
In addition to these five ways to say no to alcohol, there are also other techniques you can use when in social situations that involve alcohol. It can be helpful to bring a friend, whether they are sober too, or just aware of your situation. Having a friend with you can relieve some of the pressure, and having a sober friend can help you stay sober, like a support system. Another helpful tip is to carry around a non-alcoholic beverage at a party or a bar; people will not question if you need a drink if you already have one in your hand. An alternative method is to keep busy by making conversation, actively moving around, and engaging in activities as long as it does not involve alcohol.
Lastly, one of the most important methods to be prepared to use, is to have an exit strategy. Do not be afraid to leave if you are feeling pressured, uncomfortable, or insecure in your sobriety. Other than the word “no,” removing yourself completely from the situation is the best way to say no. Recovering from an alcohol addiction and reestablishing your sobriety is a great accomplishment, and it is imperative that you remain eternally free from the use of alcohol. By using these the strategies previously listed, and with time and practice, saying no to alcohol and remaining sober will get easier and eventually become second nature. If you or your loved one is currently struggling with an alcohol addiction and is in need of alcohol addiction treatment or a sober living environment, pick up the phone and speak with an addiction specialist today for more information on how to get help.
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