Alcoholism is a treatable condition which has been studied by the scientific community. The first step begins with admission of powerlessness over alcoholism in one’s life. Learn why it is never too late to seek help for addiction and how to get started.
The First Step
Many people with addiction to alcohol struggle with the first step of admitting a problem exists. In 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the first step requires ‘admitting powerlessness over alcohol.’ Denial can be quite powerful in the midst of addiction. Through years of work, a person may finally hit rock bottom or come to the realization of what needs to happen to get better. The first step is, therefore, a process.
A person who admits powerlessness over addiction to alcohol is strong, not a failure. When a person accepts alcohol as part of a disease process in a person’s life which brings more chaos than clarity or peace, it is time to let go and believe change is possible. Pride and ego may try to get in the way but it is necessary to admit no control of alcohol if a person is to recover well and live a life focused on others.
Controlled Drinking Does Not Work
Cutting back, drinking only on weekends or trying to drink only at special occasions may work for some people, but addiction changes all that. A process of surrender must take place to realize the tight grip addiction has on a person’s life to really see and accept the only way to peace is to let go. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, which is the first, best, step to recovery and sobriety.
Decide to Get Help
The first step to seeking help is to admit one’s own powerlessness over alcohol, it is all a process. Admit powerlessness as the first part of the process but also the hardest, most important one to do. The following tips suggest some helpful next steps to follow:
- Take a self-assessment test for alcoholism. Conduct a self inventory to see what is going on and decide if it is time to seek help.
- Seek support groups. Attend a 12-step meeting like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), SMART Recovery or other group. Try a few different meetings before making a decision.
- Seek out professional help. Talk to a therapist or counselor for support.
- Look into treatment centers for alcoholism. Many mental health centers provide intensive outpatient programs which may help those seeking support from addiction.
- Treat the family. If a person in the family has trouble drinking, attend a Al-Anon meeting for some support. Family participation and training is helpful when trying to engage the family around the issue of alcoholism.
Alcoholism will not go away on its own. Seeking support groups and help within the community can help fight the battle of addiction together.
If you or a loved one has tried to quit drinking without success, the Villa is here to help. Call us to find out how we can support your journey to sobriety.