I, John, was a successful businessman, and I wasn’t always addicted to alcohol. I started drinking casually when I was in college, but things got worse when I experienced a family tragedy.
My wife passed away suddenly, leaving me with two young children to take care of. I felt overwhelmed and turned to alcohol to numb my emotional pain.
At first, I would have a drink or two after work, but soon I was drinking every night and even during the day. My colleagues noticed the change in me but thought I was still functional and could handle my work and his addiction.
It wasn’t until I missed an important meeting that my addiction became apparent to my co-workers and boss. They confronted me and suggested that I seek help. I somewhat reluctantly agreed and went to rehab.
Rehab was a difficult journey for me. As I detoxed, I experienced intense withdrawal symptoms and struggled to come to terms with my addiction. However, with the help of counsellors and support groups, I eventually found the strength to sober up and confront the grief that fueled my addiction.
I have been sober for two years now. My children are proud of me, and I admit that I am a better father because of my decision to seek help. I encourage others who may be struggling with addiction to seek help, too.
A few things that I learned in rehab that can help one start their sobriety journey include setting a quit date and going through with it. Change your environment. Remove any reminders of your addiction from your home and workplace.
If you have tried to quit before, review your past attempts at quitting. Think about what worked and what did not. Consider what might have contributed to the relapse and make changes accordingly.
Lastly, create a support network. Talk to your family and friends and ask for their encouragement and support.
Addiction is a hard habit to quit, but with counselling, good friends, and determination, it is possible.