Has alcohol started to take more control over your life? One day, without your noticing, you went from being the life of the party to someone who can't put it down. Maybe you don't drink every day, but when you do, you overdo it, and you wake up embarrassed and hungover. Maybe you black out and can't remember what happened while you were drinking.
Or maybe you never lose control, but you find yourself thinking about your next drink all day. You plan your days around your drinking, instead of the other way around. You're spending more money than you'd like on the habit, or losing interest in other things you used to enjoy because you'd rather be drinking.
Maybe you used to drink alcohol to enhance the fun you were having with friends, but now it seems like it's impossible to have fun without drinking. Maybe drinking isn't even fun anymore, but sobriety seems even worse.
Maybe you used to use alcohol to numb the pain of traumatic memories or relationship disputes - and now it seems like alcohol is actually causing you more pain and interfering in your relationships. That being said, you're not sure that quitting is the solution.
You don't have to wait until you hit rock bottom to reach out for help. If your gut is telling you that something's wrong, trust your gut.
That's one of the most common concerns I hear from clients when they reach out for help for the first time: they know there's something wrong, but they don't feel like an alcoholic. That word carries a lot of weight and meaning and it just doesn't seem to fit.
You get to decide if that word describes you. Some people find it helpful, and some people find it hurtful. Luckily, it doesn't matter what you call yourself so long as you're committed to making a change.
If you know that drinking is having a negative effect on your life - big or small - it's never too late to try something different.
Right now, it might feel like there is no joy in a life without booze. Maybe alcohol seems like the only way to have fun, or the only way to numb the pain, or the only way to distract yourself from a life which feels intolerable.
That doesn't have to be true. Sobriety isn't like AA meetings in movies where everyone sits around in a circle and feels bad for themselves. Sobriety is just a tool that you can use to build a better life - a life with more fulfilling relationships, more freedom, and more control over your emotions.
The idea of quitting can be scary - but the idea of alcohol taking over more and more of your life might be even scarier.
If you're curious to learn more about what life could be like without alcohol, reach out for a consultation or an intake appointment. I look forward to hearing form you.