Alcohol Dependence – How to Overcome Maladaptive Behaviour

It’s a curious thing, human nature. Self-defeating actions are something many of us repeat, even though we know they are doing us no good, and could even be endangering our health:

“I know I shouldn’t drink so much, and I tell myself that I’ll stop or at least reduce the amount I drink to a sensible level each week, but it never happens. If anything, as the weeks pass I drink more. In fact, the more I tell myself not to drink, the more I drink!”
Arianna, Surrey

“If I carry on as I am – drinking excessively night after night – I know I’ll probably lose my job, house, family, health and possibly my life; yet after work I can’t get down the pub quickly enough. You’d think, with so much to lose (I’ve got a lovely wife and two gorgeous little girls) that I’d seriously tackle my alcohol misuse, wouldn’t you? I know in my heart that is simply not going to happen. While there is alcohol available to buy, I’ll always be a heavy drinker.”
Owen, Flintshire

“I’d love to lose weight, have clearer skin, feel less depressed all the time, and generally get my life back on track; and I know that quitting drinking would help me to have all those things. But, for some reason, I choose to stay exactly where I am: drinking my head off every night of the week. I don’t understand why – when I know tackling my problem with alcohol would transform my life – I never take the step. I must be mad.”
Jasmine, Dorset

Funny how the same pattern keeps emerging, isn’t it? Arianna, Owen and Jasmine can see the massive benefits of giving up drinking (or reducing their regular alcohol consumption to a moderate level), but doing something about it feels impossible. Also, all three say that they “don’t understand” or “don’t get” why they behave as they do.

No one can abuse alcohol for ever
One thing countless functioning alcoholics agree on is that being able to drink heavily yet still hold down a job – and, to others, appear to be functioning quite normally in everyday life – only serves to compound their problem: “I binge drink, yet I’ve still been promoted at work three times in the past two years. So, what’s the problem?”

The problem is that no one can continue binge drinking for ever. Eventually, something will have to give. Continual abuse of alcohol puts any functioning alcoholic at an increased risk of all this:

  • High blood pressure (at a dangerous level)
  • Malnutrition
  • Depression, anxiety, stress, panic attacks and other psychiatric conditions
  • Impaired brain function
  • Gastritis
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease (and heart attacks)
  • Cancer, and even
  • Death

Don’t get stuck
If you are struggling to break the pattern of self-defeating behaviour, therapy could be your best course of action from here: psychoanalysis treatment provided by qualified and experienced professionals at a private residential rehab clinic. As well as detox, medication, and nutritional support, the following modules could be integrated into a course of treatment specifically tailored to meet your personal needs:

  • Psychotherapy (both group and individual)
  • CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy), and
  • 12-Steps Abstinence-Based Therapy

Let us help you
Life is short. If maladaptive behaviour is stopping you from genuinely feeling happy and well, and from getting what you truly want from life, let Rehab Treatment UK help you break the pattern. It’s something we do for thousands of people every year. Join them.

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I could not stop drinking, having tried various methods. After making contact with Rehab Treatment UK I was put at ease immediately. All my options were carefully explained and 2 days later admitted to Rehab. Without the speedy response I would probably still be drinking today, Already, the home is a happier place. Thank you Jane for starting the process for a life of sobriety.
B. Middlesex

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