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More than Just One: Three Different Sorts of Binge Drinkers

In order to fully understand a problem like alcohol addiction, it would be important to understand different facets about it. Today, we want to look a little closer at the different types of binge drinkers. Binge drinking is defined as the inordinately excessive amount of alcohol intake within a short period of time. Binge drinking […]

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The Power of Peers: How Support Groups Can Help Beat Alcoholism

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Getting Help: Common Options that Alcoholics Can Pursue

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The Hard Truth: Common Signs That You Have an Alcohol Problem

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Getting Help: Common Options that Alcoholics Can Pursue

Once you have come to terms with the fact that there is a problem in your life, now would be the time to find the help that you need. Today, let’s look at some of the common options that alcoholics can pursue. Rehabilitation Centers This is, without a doubt, the most well-known option for those […]

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The Hard Truth: Common Signs That You Have an Alcohol Problem

Addiction is never an easy topic to broach. However, knowing that there is a problem at hand is one of the first steps in the right direction toward recovery. Today, we’ll look at common signs that an alcohol problem exists in your life. Knowing the signs and fully acknowledging them is one of the key […]

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featured5 - More than Just One: Three Different Sorts of Binge Drinkers
Alcohol Addiction Recovery

More than Just One: Three Different Sorts of Binge Drinkers

In order to fully understand a problem like alcohol addiction, it would be important to understand different facets about it. Today, we want to look a little closer at the different types of binge drinkers. Binge drinking is defined as the inordinately excessive amount of alcohol intake within a short period of time.

Binge drinking is often one of the common habits of a struggling alcoholic. People often thought that there was a single type of binge drinker—after all, how many ways can people drink a ton of alcohol, right? As it turns out, it is the reason behind the binging that differentiates them from the rest. For example:

Conformist Drinker

The conformist drinker is one that drinks in order to fit into an idea or a visage that they think is worth adhering to. Have you ever seen ads of men in suits, enjoying a glass of brandy (or something else) after a hard day’s work? That ideal has been peddled for decades and has finally hit home with their audiences.

It’s not just this particular ad, as well. Social media has made it seem that partying hard with a bunch of friends or strangers and getting absolutely wasted is one that “everyone does” or at least, those who are ‘cool’ or ‘in’ do. Conformist drinkers drink in excess in order to fit this ideal because they believe this is something that everyone does.

De-Stress Drinker

Sadly, this type of binge drinker is one that is more common than we would like. Life is hard—this much is true. We face a lot of troubles, stress, and a seemingly unending train of hassle that we would really rather not remember.

Those that qualify for the “de-stress drinker” is one that tends to drown their sorrows in a glass of their chosen poison. These are usually the ones that end up needing to drink more and more and on a fairly regular basis.

Hedonistic Drinker

Hedonistic drinkers are those that consistently crave something different and pleasurable. A good example of this would be Chuck Bass from the show Gossip Girl. He was someone that had no real world problems but mostly spent his time trying to find something new to break the monotony of his existence.

Studies have found that hedonistic drinkers are usually divorced individuals with grown offspring and those that crave for something to set them apart from other people.

Moving Forward…

Understanding the different sorts of binge drinkers can help to better root out the source of the problem and obtain sobriety. There are other types of binge drinkers out there and it’s important to be aware of them.

What sort of binge drinkers are you aware of?

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The Power of Peers: How Support Groups Can Help Beat Alcoholism

In the quest for sobriety and sustained recovery, one of the options besides self-detox programs like the ones  https://synergydetox.com provides is that people go and join support groups and organizations. Today, we wanted to have a more comprehensive discussion regarding how they can help beat alcoholism.

Empathy

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If you are lucky enough to have a caring set of friends and a supportive family, you will not have to tackle alcoholism alone. The reality of the situation is that most alcoholics end up driving their friends and families away.

Support groups are able to provide organic and authentic empathy for its members. After all, only someone who either has gone through or is going through something completely similar would be able to provide complete understanding to what the recovering alcoholic is going through.

Accountability

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Support groups place a lot of emphasis on the accountability of its members for their decisions. They will usually pair members up with each other in order to support each other on the day-to-day happenings. They are often the one that they call when they feel the urge to drink again or there is something that is threatening the wellness program that they are on.

Most rehabilitation centers will partner up with support groups because they understand that sobriety is an ongoing process. You don’t just instantly recover after a stint at a rehab. The urge to drink will be something that will be present in every second of every day. This is why accountability is quite important for a recovering alcoholic.

Further Self-Understanding

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Support groups making empowering of their members as one of the primary directives of recovery. Drinking is often a symptom that has gone awry but not necessarily the problem itself. Drinking stems from another issue entirely and support groups intend to get to the heart of the problem.

It is through regular counseling sessions and countless talks with a support group partner that a breakthrough is achieved. Support groups provide a safe and judgment free space for people to truly reach a better level of self-understanding. Achieving this enables a stronger foundation to leave alcoholism behind.

Moving Forward…

The road to recovery can seem hard and dark—especially when you believe that you have to walk it alone. Support groups are a testament to the fact that recovering addicts and those who want to achieve sobriety are never alone in their quest. The power of peers is a strong one and should be harnessed by anyone who is thinking of breaking free of their addiction.

Do you have a support group? What do you think you can gain from them?

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Self Help: How You Can Aim for Sobriety on Your Own Terms

When it comes to tackling alcohol addiction, most people believe that it is not something that one cannot battle on their own. While it may be difficult, it is not something that is impossible. Today, we wanted to discuss with you how you can aim for sobriety on your own terms.

By “your own terms” we’re not talking about signing up for rehab or going for therapy. We’ll be focusing on some ways you can try to achieve sobriety by yourself. There are a lot of different ways to go about it and these are the ones that we can personally vouch for:

Realizing Triggers

For a lot of people who drink to excess, the reason can be traced to something in their life like work, a place, family, friends, or even relationships. These are some of the common ‘excuses’ or reasons why people drink.

When you understand what triggers your urge to drink, you can take steps to actively avoid it.

Filling Your Time

A lot of the time those that make it a habit to drink tend to allot a certain time of day for it. A great way to stave off the addiction and the actual drinking is to fill your time with suitable alternative activities. For example, if you find yourself drinking mostly at night, find something else that you can do during that time.

You can book friends, pick up a hobby which requires your full attention, you can even schedule working out at this time or even meditation. Find one that works well with your schedule and your preferences. Keeping yourself occupied with activities lessens the likelihood of you staying away from the drink.

Read Up

One of the best things about a subject like alcohol addiction is that it is something that many people are invested in solving. It is either they experienced it themselves or someone they know or knew was an alcoholic.

Read books like A Drinking Life by author Pete Hamill. Discover other people’s journeys with alcoholism and how it affected their professions and life. You could also try reading Running with Scissors. The author, Augusten Burroughs, chronicles his mother’s mental illness and eventual addiction and how it affected his life. It also discusses Burroughs’ own foray into alcohol and drug usage.

There is nothing quite as sobering as reading about someone else’s struggle and subsequent end or redemption.

Learn the Power of NO

There will always be temptation in your life. Others may not even realize that they’re risking your wellbeing when they ask you out. You should learn to say “NO” even at the risk of offending other people. The power of the word NO will keep you on track toward recovery.

Moving Forward…

Some of us tried out the different methods mentioned above and met varying degrees of success. No matter what method you choose, it all depends on your will to change and leave alcohol behind. Before you choose a method, we highly suggest that you educate yourself and empower your choices. After all, everyone has their own preferences and capabilities. It would be best to choose a method that you think you would be able to handle well.

Did you try to combat alcoholism by yourself? What method did you choose?

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Alcohol Addiction Help

Getting Help: Common Options that Alcoholics Can Pursue

Once you have come to terms with the fact that there is a problem in your life, now would be the time to find the help that you need. Today, let’s look at some of the common options that alcoholics can pursue.

Rehabilitation Centers

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This is, without a doubt, the most well-known option for those who struggle with alcohol addiction. Rehabilitation centers are often partnered with hospitals because they know that sudden and drastic absence of alcohol can have some pretty adverse effects on the body, the mind, and on the alcoholic.

Rehab centers can cost a lot of money since there is usually a mandatory stay of at least 15-30 days. Rehab often involves doctors, therapy, and even medication. Rehab can either be voluntary or involuntary. The trouble with involuntary rehab is that most patients end up relapsing.

Support Groups

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If going through the whole official process isn’t something that you’re into, you can consider joining a support group or organization. The more famous one would be Alcoholic Anonymous (AA). AA is usually free and works more like a peer group which holds each other accountable for their choices and actions.

They have therapists and a program that can help struggling alcoholics to find their way to sobriety and “stay on the wagon” so to speak. The usually have a regularly scheduled meeting to keep everyone focused on their goals. The personal accountability that support groups have is better than someone who was just released from rehab and left to their own devices.

Moving Forward…

Getting help can seem to be quite difficult when it really isn’t. There are a lot of options out there for those that truly want to attain sobriety. First and foremost, you must commit yourself to it—only then will the options really work for you.

Do you know of other options for alcoholic wellness? What option did you pursue?

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Alcohol Addiction Signs

The Hard Truth: Common Signs That You Have an Alcohol Problem

Addiction is never an easy topic to broach. However, knowing that there is a problem at hand is one of the first steps in the right direction toward recovery. Today, we’ll look at common signs that an alcohol problem exists in your life.

Knowing the signs and fully acknowledging them is one of the key ingredients toward getting help and recovering. Here are some of the common signs that you may be an alcoholic and there is an alcohol problem in your life.

Tremors

One of the more common signs that you have an alcohol problem is if your hands start to shake a few hours after imbibing a drink. This means that your system has gotten so used to having alcohol in it that it is now undergoing withdrawal. Normally, a body wouldn’t go into withdrawal unless there has been an excessive and constant presence of alcohol in your system.

Binge Drinking

When you go on regular binge drinking sessions, you really should take that as an indication that you have an alcohol problem. Drinking is fine in moderation. If you find yourself drinking every day and to excess, you have a problem that you should sort out.

Mood Swings

A common sign that someone has an alcohol addiction would be erratic mood swings. This isn’t something that is the same as the mood swings of someone who has a mental illness. The mood swings are often good a few hours after imbibing a drink and turn for the worse the far off the last drink session was.

Moving Forward…

It is never a pleasant thing to admit that you have lost control or in the throes of an addiction. If you do manage to acknowledge that there is a prevalent issue, you’re already made one of the hardest steps toward sobriety.

Everyone who has struggled with addiction has their own “I DO have a problem” moment; what was yours like?

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