Have you come to the point where you KNOW you need help to quit drinking, but just can't seem to find the answer anywhere? You may even believe you have exhausted all possible forms of self-control and outside help, and simply see no solution in sight.
But before getting depressed or feeling helpless over your addiction, or perhaps not even bothering to try any more, you should ask yourself if you really DID exhaust all possible options for help. Here are 4 areas of help for you to consider, and each one has proven to help countless others before you. Perhaps one of these will also help you stop drinking, or at least put you on the road to moderation.
Asking Friends and Family for Help - This is often the most difficult area for many of us. Simply put, an addiction is embarrassing, and no one is anxious to announce to friends and family that they have a serious problem with alcohol. However, by not turning to those closest to us we are also cutting off all the love and support we might desperately need.
Try broaching the subject with your spouse or significant other. Just mention that you feel you're drinking too much and you want start living a healthier lifestyle. You may find that he or she is not only very supportive, but is also willing to make a personal change in their own lives to help you. Maybe the both of you quitting together will actually make it easier to quit, as neither of you will want to disappoint the other.
Asking God for Help - I don't know you personally, or how spiritual you are (or aren't), but I know one thing for sure: For whatever purpose you were born it was NOT to be an alcoholic!
The vast majority of people DO believe in a higher Being, and DO recognize that Something is more powerful than they are. If you haven't tried already, perhaps it is time to tap into this spiritual source for help in overcoming your alcoholism.
You can start very slowly, with just a short private prayer in the morning and in the evening. Perhaps more often if you feel the need to do so - but it IS important that you begin to reconnect to your spiritual side. Try talking to God - as you best understand God to be - and you may soon find all the help and support you have ever needed was right there all along.
Looking in the Mirror for Help - I'm a big believer that when you look in the mirror you will see the person who can change your life for the better! However, many people do not objectively look in the mirror because they are convinced that they are powerless before alcohol. The truth is that alcohol is powerless before you, and that alcoholism is simply a bad habit that you've acquired over the years.
When you look in the mirror it is essential to see the GOOD SIDE of yourself. Don't see the person who is struggling with an alcohol addiction - instead see the person who has the ability to change, and (most importantly) wants to change. See the person you want to become, not the person you once were. You DO have the power to change!
Going to Rehab for Help - If you're at the point where God seems to not be interested in helping you, and friends and family have turned away, and even the man in the mirror seems impotent, there IS one other area you can turn to for help. Rehab.
Thankfully there are many rehabs out there that are not 12-step based, and instead focus on how to change your lifestyle by changing your habits. If you've run out of options on how to quit drinking, then checking into rehab might not only be your last choice ... it might be your best.
Finally, I want to say that no matter where you turn for help - whether it be family, God, rehab ... or the man in the mirror - it's imperative that you KEEP trying to find that help. Because even if you're not able to quit as easily as you had hoped, there is undoubtedly a feeling rising up inside of you that you've "had enough" of the alcoholic lifestyle. You're sick and tired of being sick and tired.
And once you sense that feeling coming on, and hold onto it with all of your strength, you will truly be on the verge of finding all the help you need.