Do you need help, or are you slam-dunking this sobriety thing?
Its a tricky question for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I cant answer the question. I’m not a doctor or a addictions professional of any kind. If you want to send me an email, I can give you a suggestion but that’s all it will be.
Secondly, its difficult to answer because there are so many types of help. Alcoholics Anonymous, inpatient or outpatient rehab, prescription drugs, SMART, hypnosis, psychiatry and more can all help your kick your habit. They all have different approaches, and different levels of success.
Thirdly, its hard to pin down help because each drinker is so different. If you only want to quit drinking for a month to win a bet, your approach is going to be vastly different than someone who has been an alcoholic for a number of years. The former may be able to get away with reading a book, or simply getting some tips from this blog. The latter however, will likely need some support up to and including seeing a doctor.
Alcohol withdrawal is a serious, and potentially fatal condition. If you think you have a serious problem, consult a doctor being doing anything or if you start feeling ill. While it may be hard to admit you have a problem to a doctor, its much easier to admit you have a problem with alcohol than many other drugs.
This is one of the most comprehensive guides to quitting I’ve read. It covers all the bases, and gives some tips to help you abstain. Helpguide.org Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Even if you have been able to abstain from alcohol going cold turkey consider a little bit of help. It can hurt the ego to admit you have a problem, reaching out to another person can greatly increase your chances for success.
Bottling up your emotions, struggles and concerns is one of the reasons many people develop an alcohol dependency in the first place, so being able to open up to someone can take a tremendous weight off of your shoulders.
In this day and age, there are an endless amount of resources to help us with almost any aspect of our lives. You don’t have to go at it alone, even if meetings aren’t your thing.