Is Dry January Harder Than You Thought It Would Be?

Is Dry January Harder Than You Thought It Would Be?

Lots of people who feel they had too much to drink over the holidays participate in Dry January. This movement challenges participants to make a New Year resolution to abstain from alcohol for one month and, during that time, many discover it’s more difficult than they thought. If this is true for you, it may be time to take a closer look at your relationship with alcohol.

Common Physical Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

If you are experiencing physical symptoms like shaky hands, sweating, insomnia, or nausea after having stopped drinking, you may be experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal. Your blood pressure may also be higher than normal, you may get headaches or experience anxiety, as well as have strong cravings for alcohol.

Are You in Denial?

When you picture what being drunk is like, you may imagine someone who’s visibly intoxicated,  staggering and slurring their words—but, in fact, many who have an alcohol misuse disorder don’t show any signs like these. Known as functioning alcoholics, these individuals can satisfy their cravings for alcohol as well as maintain their work and family obligations.

Because of the ease with which they can function while having problems with drinking, functioning alcoholics are often in deep denial of having any problem at all until something significant occurs concerning their health or relationships.

How to Tell if You Need Help

There are several warning signs that alcohol may be becoming addictive for you. These include feeling irritable and experiencing temporary blackouts. You may typically drink alone or secretly, or you may have chosen drinking over participation in activities you once enjoyed. You may have also changed who you spend time with.

Experiencing the withdrawal symptoms above is another sign that you may need help with overcoming alcohol misuse. If you find yourself thinking increasingly about alcohol, and you are looking forward to the end of the month when you can start drinking again, this is yet another sign that alcohol treatment is needed.

You Can Overcome Alcohol Misuse

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The reality is that alcohol misuse can be overcome. However, the best way to accomplish this is via a recovery program overseen by addiction specialists. Botkiss Center for Recovery provides a safe space for recovery with a flexible and confidential program.

We begin with an initial assessment that focuses on the spiritual, social, psychological, and biological areas of your life, as well as any conditions that may be co-occurring with alcohol misuse. The addiction evaluation helps you understand your illness and develop a thorough plan for treatment. Learn more about how Botkiss Center for Recovery can help you overcome addiction for lifelong recovery. Call 619-980-2615.

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