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If your alcohol intake is at such a level that you need a drink to function normally, you need help.
Many of those dependent upon alcohol like to think of themselves as functioning alcoholics. The truth is, they are alcoholics.
The image of a person on skid row, unkempt, homeless and drinking from a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag is something that is overly exaggerated. Yes, of course there are people in this state, but there are many more hiding behind the more ‘glamourous’ title of ‘Functioning Alcoholic’.
No matter how others see you, or you see yourself, the fact that you cannot get through the day without alcohol means that help must be found if you are to avoid physical and mental health problems that will lead to a deteriorating lifestyle and quite likely an early grave.
This major thought obstacle must be overcome before an alcoholic can begin to address the problems that drinking is causing.
Denial has 2 strands to it, both need to be eliminated:
Reality needs to be accepted:
If denial is maintained, problems with alcohol will deepen. The sad fact is that it often takes a major incident in an alcoholic’s life before they admit to their drinking problems and seek professional assistance.
Three common incidents are:
It is NEVER too late to seek help:
There should be no embarrassment, no shame and no hesitation in seeking professional rehabilitation assistance. The longer denial is maintained and excessive drinking continues the deeper an alcoholic’s problems will become.