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Treatment is for Anyone Who Wants to Quit

People who drink a lot or use drugs are sometimes unsure if they have a serious problem that requires treatment or if they have it more or less under control. People who drink a bit too much are particularly unclear about whether their drinking is a problem. Most people drink at least occasionally. You can almost always find an excuse to drink–it’s vacation, it’s a holiday, it’s a weekend, it’s a party, it’s a special occasion, it’s five o’clock, it’s five o’clock somewhere, etc. If you take every opportunity to drink, it may add up to quite a lot. How do you know if you need help?

The simplest way to figure it out is to try quitting. This may require a bit of caution and planning. If you take a lot of benzos, you shouldn’t quit abruptly, but rather taper under medical supervision. Similarly, if you have been drinking heavily for a long time, you’ll want to taper or seek medical advice. If you feel like you maybe just drink a bit too much, then try stopping. If you can’t stop–which also means you decide you don’t want to stop after all–then you have a problem and you need help.

Sometimes people have an idea of what an alcoholic looks like and they don’t fit that image. They may imagine someone who’s unemployed, disheveled, abusive, or homeless. That describes some alcoholics, sure, but not most. Most of the time, you wouldn’t be able to spot an alcoholic walking down the street. You may even have a friend you don’t know is an alcoholic.

The idea that you have to hit bottom is an unfortunate myth that prevents people from seeking help. Some people feel like they have not made a total mess of their lives and therefore have no business going to treatment or an AA meeting. If you want to quit but can’t, then you need help. No one is going to judge you or turn you away. If you go to an AA meeting, you will probably hear stories worse than yours, but having the worst story is not a prerequisite for AA. If it were, there would only be one member at a time.

Most importantly, it’s better to get get help when you think you might have a problem rather than when it’s obvious to everyone that you have a problem. The earlier you get help, the easier it will be to quit. It will never be easier later.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox safely and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at info@tgwcdetox.com to learn more.