Predictable Stages That The Alcoholic Quit Drinking

Predictable Stages That The Alcoholic Quit Drinking

Usually, the last person to know someone is an alcoholic is the person with an alcohol problem.

Alcohol abuse tends to go on for years with the alcoholic living in complete denial while their world crashes down around them. It takes a crisis or catastrophe to help them realize they have an issue with alcohol.

You hear of rock bottom and often it has to be met to get the drinker to even entertain the idea of quitting. Rock bottom can represent many things. Every drinker is different and each has their own individual rock bottom that they have to find. For some, it is an illness, loss of a spouse, or an accident to name a few examples. Whatever it is it has to be a loud enough alarm going off to wake the alcohol abuser from their denial.

Once rock bottom hits, there are some predictable stages that the alcoholic goes through. There are six main ones: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse. Let's look at each.

Pre-contemplation - At this point, the alcoholic still is in denial about their problem. If confronted, they lash out and deny that there is an issue. They avoid family and friends that believe there is an issue and choose the company of drinking buddies to keep up the denial. They hide out because somewhere inside the seed has been planted.

Contemplation - This may take a while. A crisis may begin. Slowly the alcohol abuser begins to see their problem. They know there is an issue but feel at a loss how to correct it. Often during this period, they feel depressed and helpless, but they are recognizing the issue.

Preparation - This is when the change begins. The changes may be small as if a test for what is to come. They begin to set themselves up to change their life. This is when the exploration of various treatment options begins as well and they may seek the people they once pushed away for assistance.

Action - Now is where the work begins. The alcoholic stops drinking. They start to recognize triggers and look for reasons to remain sober. This is a difficult time. Only the alcoholic can help themselves during this stage. They have to want to stop drinking and they have to make the effort.

Maintenance - Giving up alcohol is hard. Staying sober is also hard. An alcoholic must realize that they will always have an issue with alcohol. They have to work their program and stay on top of their addiction. It can get easier over time, but if the recovering alcoholic is not careful anything could send them spiraling again.

Relapse - This is the most dangerous stage for the alcoholic and a real possibility. It can be avoided though. With hard work, being mindful that the issue is always at hand, and knowing how to deal with alcohol triggers, a person giving up alcohol can protect themselves.

Remember that only the drinker can stop drinking and stay sober. It may take a while for them to realize they have an issue or they may never, but the choice to give up alcohol can only be made by them.

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Predictable Stages That The Alcoholic Quit Drinking