You may be shocked when looking at pictures of alcoholics. Everyone knows that drug addicts often lose their attractiveness to their addictions, but many people think that alcoholism is a glamorous addiction. As you sift through photos of alcoholics, you will likely notice that alcoholics look like unhappy and unhealthy people. Alcoholics in recovery, however, gain back their looks of happiness, health, and attractiveness. If you think you might have a drinking problem and you're unhappy with your reflection in the mirror, it's important that you know you're not alone and there is help available.
Seeking Help For Alcohol Addiction
Start by talking with a trusted friend, loved one, clergy member, or counselor. This trusted person can help you gather your thoughts and provide support as you embark upon your journey of recovery and sobriety. During this time you may have lots of doubts. You may start to wonder if you really need treatment and if you are really an alcoholic. Lots of people believe that they are not alcoholics because they don't drink every day or they don't feel drunk. It's important to remember that alcoholism impacts different people in different ways. Alcoholism is defined by drinking despite its negative consequences in your life. For example, if you binge drink every weekend and that has resulted in disciplinary action at your job, but you still can't manage to stop drinking, you may suffer from alcoholism. Alternatively, if you just drink a little bit on a frequent basis and have been charged for a DUI - even though you didn't feel drunk - you may suffer from alcoholism if you find that no matter how hard you try, you just can't stop drinking.
"Recovery and sobriety are possible for everyone who wants it."Recovery and sobriety are possible for everyone who wants it. When you've decided you're ready for treatment, you may have a lot of worries. You might be worried about finding the best treatment center, taking care of your home and business matters while you're in treatment, and a myriad of other issues. This is normal, but try your best not to let these worries overwhelm you. If you stay committed to recovery, you can lead the life you always wanted. All of your goals can be accomplished if you stay focused on your sobriety.
Identify The Causes of Your Alcoholism
Throughout your recovery process you might start to wonder what caused your alcoholism. The truth of the matter is that the cause for alcoholism varies from one alcoholic to another. For some people a traumatic event in their lives led them to abusing alcohol. Some people developed alcoholism because they developed a tolerance to alcohol and continued to increase the amount of alcohol they drank. Some people don't know why they became alcoholics. All of these reasons and many others are okay and valid. What's important is that you stay focused on a life of recovery and sobriety.
Some people start to feel vain when they realize that pictures of alcoholics were the catalysts to propel them into treatment. Try your best to realize that noticing the difference in the before and after pictures of alcoholics simply allowed you to see just how much damage alcohol is capable of doing. It's not vanity to recognize that alcohol can rob you of a meaningful, happy, and fulfilling life.
If you know you're ready for recovery, or you're even thinking about it, pick up the phone and call 1-800-861-9454. This 24/7 national hotline is staffed by kind, caring people who want to help you find the best path to recovery for you. They'll patiently listen to your needs and help you take the first step towards a life of recovery and sobriety.