If you’re having trouble quitting your alcohol addiction, know that you’re not alone. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCAAD), there are almost 18 million people in the United States suffer from alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause serious health complications and can affect all areas of your life including emotional stability, finances, career, and even your family, friends, and community. Alcohol abuse can even become fatal if not treated. Research conducted by NCAAD states that about 88,00 deaths per year are attributed to excessive alcohol use.
While you’re looking for solutions to quit alcohol for good, take a look at these reasons why many alcoholics like yourself, keep drinking even though they want to quit.
Alcohol Is Addictive
What you may not know is that the ethanol in alcohol is quite addictive. Alcohol also has a wonderful way of releasing dopamine and endorphins in the brain that bring on euphoric feelings. As we drink, our mind and body can certainly become dependent upon alcohol and automatically crave for more. In this case, the alcohol hijacks the brain into making the alcoholic feel like they will die without another drink.
You’re In Some Emotional Pain
Many alcoholics have a tough time quitting because they drink to numb emotional pain or escape reality. It’s no surprise that we all experience some trauma and pain throughout life and it can be tempting to take a reality break by drinking. Getting a buzz and forgetting about our traumatic childhoods, financial mess, strained relationship, etc. can certainly sound good sometimes, but what happens is that when you drink to cope with such things, those things never really get resolved or healed. You never really take the time to face such emotions, process them, and get over them. This can lead to more drinking, even when you really want to stop.
You Forget Why You Want to Stop Drinking
Ever had a horrible night where you got drunk, said or did some things you regret, and got sick from drinking too much? Then, the next morning you vowed never to drink again due to a massive hangover. You’re certain you’ve had enough, yet a couple of weeks go by and you’re feeling better. Your mind starts whispering thoughts to you like, “It’s alright to just have a couple of drinks. You can control yourself. Go ahead. Celebrate yourself.”
Before you know it, you’re out with your friends to have one or two drinks, but the dreaded cycle starts all over again. You wake up the next morning with a hangover frustrated and down. All of a sudden you remember why you want to stop drinking and the cycle just keeps repeating. Those in recovery will tell you this happened time and time again. They forgot why they wanted to quit and why they had to abstain completely. Drink one beer and your brain goes crazy for more. You’re unable to say no to another, and another. It can be a maddening cycle.
You Hang Out With Drinkers
It’s tough to stop drinking when you hang out with people who drink or go to bars or social gatherings where there is plenty of alcohol. Sure, you may have good intentions, but once you’re there and everyone is drinking, your mind will again play some tricks on you and assure you that you can be a social drinker. After all, alcohol can be quite cunning. It’s best to stay away from people, places, and situations that can be triggers for you.
Do any of these factors pertain to you? These are some of the reasons why you may not be able to quit drinking. Alcoholism is a disease of the brain that can affect anyone. The good news is that you can quit drinking, but oftentimes it requires asking for help. If you have tried time and time again to quit drinking to no avail, please reach out for help via an addiction specialist, rehab, counselor, or 12-Step group. There are plenty of people who have been in your shoes and have come to abstain from drinking once and for all and they’re leading happy and healthy lives. It’s your time to live such a life yourself free from the bondage of alcoholism.
Dominica Applegate is dedicated to the art of self-discovery and creative expression with a passion for creative art. She’s got a deep-rooted passion for helping others heal emotional pain and trauma, as her own journey through love addiction has served as a catalyst for her own healing and beautiful transformation. Find out more at www.dominicaapplegate.com.