Is it Time to Quit Drinking?
The New Year is traditionally a time for resolutions and reevaluations of your current way of life. Perhaps one of the most worthwhile endeavors is the decision to find your path to recovery by quitting drinking. Drinking too much alcohol affects every aspect of your life and health, as well as the lives of individuals around you. Alcohol damages your ability to think rationally even when you are sober. Leaving alcohol behind once and for all is a decision you will not regret.
Alcohol acts upon your brain, as well as your body. Individuals who depend on alcohol often make poor or impulsive decisions and grow increasingly depressed, even as they deny drinking is a problem. This happens because drinking too much alcohol causes changes in the brain that damage reason, learning, risk assessment, reward perception, and memory. Quitting drinking will allow you to enjoy a more alert consciousness, better self-esteem, a better memory and the knowledge that you have accomplished a goal. You will also free yourself from the shame and embarrassment that often accompany drinking binges that end in problems.
Alcohol consumption can have profound physical effects. By quitting drinking you can bring your blood pressure and heart rate to healthier levels, allow your liver to heal, and enjoy better sleep, lower weight, and have healthier looking skin. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, and drinking too much can cause overdose and death. Drinking is especially risky when you combine alcohol with other substances, such as painkillers.
By giving up alcohol you will bring your mind and body back into balance, as well as being better able to get in touch with your inner self. You may find that your connections with others become deeper and more meaningful. Your personal relationships will likely be strengthened, giving you a feeling of peace and well-being. Facing and managing uncomfortable but inevitable feelings not only helps you connect deeply with loved ones, but it also prevents you from covering them up with self-destructive actions, including drinking.
Making the Decision to Get Help
You may have tried to take the first steps down this path before, but don’t be discouraged by a previous lack of success. Most people who have tried to quit drinking or using drugs wind up relapsing before finally getting sober. Every day is a new day, and there is no such thing as a true failure — because you always have the opportunity to try again. Our private alcohol treatment facility offers you a holistic method of alcohol treatment. Rather than simply focusing on your addiction in and of itself with nothing more than an alcohol abuse detox, we treat your whole person, including your mind, body and spirit. Our small rehabilitation center uses the most progressive and successful of evidence-based techniques, including therapies and treatments that address co-occurring issues such as depression and anxiety. Through helping you to heal your physical, emotional and spiritual wounds, we give you the support that you need to find your own path to recovery. Once your treatment program ends, we will stay involved in your life with an Aftercare plan that is customized to your specific needs. At The Ranch PA, we are committed to helping you stay sober for the rest of your life. It is a New Year, and all your opportunities are laid out in front of you. Why not take advantage of them today with our private alcohol treatment facility? (Photo via Eneas De Troya)