Imagine feeling healthy and positive every day. Picture having boundless energy, losing weight, having great skin, being someone others love having around them, enjoying more disposable income, considerably decreasing the risk of developing serious health conditions or getting life-threatening diseases, getting more done at work and at home (while still having time to pursue leisure activities and interests, where you’ll meet new like-minded people and make new friends).
Sounds great, doesn’t it? A fantasy. A dream life. The kind of existence than only a ‘lucky few’ can enjoy.
It is actually not at all. Plenty of people live like that. Thousands of former alcoholics, in fact:
“I used to drink three bottles of white wine each day (sometimes more). Bit by bit, I lost everything: my family, my job, my home… all because of my alcoholism. It was only when I hit rock bottom that I finally accepted I had a problem, and sought help. Going to Rehab saved my life.”
“Now I don’t drink at all and my life is back on track. My advice to anyone who is a moderate drinker (a ‘social’ drinker who enjoys the odd pint or a glass of wine on a night out) is to leave it at that. Drinking excessively is a slippery slope, because as your alcohol consumption level rises, your tolerance for drink increases in tandem. So it’s a vicious circle. Best not to go there in the first place! If only I’d had the sense to do that; I’d have become a super-fit Aikido instructor a lot earlier, I know that much. It’s what I do now. And I LOVE it.”
“I used to think that nothing could compare to the buzz that drinking once gave me; nothing on earth. But I was wrong. Since I quit drinking – after benefiting from day care treatment at a private Rehab clinic in Hampshire – I have embraced healthy living.”
“Since adopting a new lifestyle – which includes an easy to manage combination of regular exercise and a balanced diet – I feel about ten years younger. I have much more energy. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best buzz I’ve ever experienced was completing the New York City Marathon last year. And, before you ask, no, I didn’t celebrate reaching my fitness goal with a bar crawl around Manhattan!”
Becoming a super-fit Aikido instructor, or completing the New York City Marathon, may not be amongst your goals in life: something to aim for if you could just overcome your alcohol abuse problems and start afresh. Perhaps you simply want to reduce your regular alcohol consumption level to a sensible amount*? (Rehab treatment can help you to do that!)
* According to Government guidelines, the current recommended limits are 21 units of alcohol a week for men, and 14 units a week for women. A unit is roughly half-a-pint of beer or cider, a small glass of wine, or a single pub measure of spirits.
There are SO many reasons to quit drinking (and start living)
Paul and Megan mentioned just some of the benefits of kicking the booze with the help of alcoholism treatment specialists. He’s a few more (to make that bottle of wine cooling in your fridge right now seem decidedly unappealing!):
- Be less stressed – through being more transparent: no more hiding your drinking, no more lying about where you’ve been, how much you’ve had to drink…
- Be listened to – surveys show that non-drinkers find their opinion is more frequently sought (and more greatly respected) than alcoholics
- Notice an improvement in sexual performance (and a restored/increased sex drive) through swapping pints for press-ups or Pina Coladas for Pilates
- Define yourself as a winner, through finding greater self-confidence, increased self-esteem, and achieving your goals in life (with alcoholism having finally been removed as a barrier to your success)