Total Commitment is Essential in Addiction Recovery
Admitting you have a problem with alcohol is tough; many alcoholics are held back by denial, and it can take many years before they finally accept that they need help for their problem. For a large number of people, alcohol is a part of everyday life. It may be that they go to the pub every day after work for a couple of drinks, or they automatically reach for a glass of wine when they sit down to watch the television in the evening. These individuals may be blissfully unaware that they have developed a physical dependence on alcohol because they have never tried to quit.
However, if their behaviour changes, they may find that loved ones begin to question them about their drinking habits, or they may develop certain health problems associated with their drinking. Only then, will these individuals examine their drinking habits and realise that maybe they do have a problem.
What is an Alcoholic?
For most, the image of an alcoholic is one of a homeless drunk begging on the street for money to buy cheap booze. They do not see themselves as fitting the profile of an alcoholic, so it can be harder to come to terms with the fact that alcohol has become a problem.
The truth is that an alcoholic is a person for whom alcohol has an adverse effect on his or her life. The person does not have to drink all day every day and does not have to drink a specific drink.
Committing to Recovery
If you have an alcohol problem and want to get better, you will need to commit to a programme of recovery. Nevertheless, you need to be fully prepared to put in all your effort into recovery. There is a difference between being interested in doing something and fully committing to it. If you are simply interested, you may find that you do it when you find it convenient. If you are fully committed, you will not make any excuses and will be prepared to make it your priority.
Being fully committed to recovery means accepting that you cannot make excuses and that you must be willing to put other responsibilities on the back burner for the time being. You must direct your focus onto your recovery and not allow yourself to begin rationalising your past behaviour. Doing this will mean you are more likely to relapse and start drinking again.
Drinking is Not an Option
If you want to succeed in recovery from alcoholism, you need to adopt the attitude that ‘drinking is not an option’. You have probably had times in your life where you knew that drinking was not possible. For example, if you attended an all-day training course for work where you knew that there would be no alcohol available. Or if you had to go to hospital for a few days and you could not drink. In these instances, you knew that drinking was not an option and you simply accepted it. You may have experienced cravings but you knew that you did not have the possibility of satisfying them.
Things are slightly different when you know that you could have a drink if you wanted. If you are less than one hundred per cent committed to your recovery, you are more likely to give in to your cravings and have a drink.
Fully committing to sobriety means you believe that drinking is not an option no matter how strong your cravings become. You will be focused only on results and succeeding on the path to sobriety, and you will be much less likely to relapse.