The problem with making a huge promise to yourself is that – when you almost inevitably break it – you feel bad. You feel frustrated with yourself. The disappointment others then have in you hurts. Through making the vow in the first place, you’ve actually regressed! Unless you’ve not told a soul, that is.
This raises an important issue for people struggling with alcohol abuse…
To tell or not to tell?
Is it a good idea to ‘tell the world’ that you are trying to cut down on the booze (or even to quit drinking altogether), or is it best to keep shtum? Sharing your plans to drink less – with family, friends and colleagues – could mean you get great support and encouragement along the way, as you strive to decrease your regular alcohol consumption to a sensible level or even to zero; or it could mean that they never stop harping on about it, badgering you with questions, such as: “How much did you have to drink last night?”, “What did you have, exactly?”, “Are you still on track to reach your drinking reduction goal?”, and other invasive queries that – over time – could actually result in an increase in your drinking. Aargh!
And all this doesn’t just happen to heavy drinkers
Plenty of moderate drinkers across the UK seek help from Rehab treatment clinics each year: their alcohol consumption during a typical week is not considerably above recommended levels, but they’re still worried about it; they want to cut down, and so decide to seek professional help by finding out about alcohol abuse treatment options.
Three common misconceptions about Rehab are:
- only rich people (celebrities etc) can go there
- all programmes are residential
- you have to be a raging alcoholic to even be considered for treatment
The reality is that anyone can go to Rehab. You don’t have to be a pop star, a football star, or a film star with a drink problem to be helped. As for the second aforementioned misconception, most Rehab clinics across the UK offer the following options:
- Intervention Assistance
- Outpatient Treatment Services
- Day Patient Care
- Full Residential Care, and
- Extended Residential Care
Trained professionals will advise on the most suitable option for you. You’ll be under the care of clinicians whose priority will be to help you beat your addiction.
And thirdly, Rehab is for people who are concerned about their drinking. That includes heavy drinkers and moderate drinkers.