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How to Get Sober

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Realizing that you have a drinking problem is the first step to getting sober, but it’s a long path to sobriety. While it’s not an easy one, it is very much worth it, because once you realize that you no longer need alcohol to survive it opens up a whole new world for you to enjoy!

Whether you want to get sober yourself, or are trying to help someone else reach the point where they no longer depend on alcohol, no one method works for everyone. In fact, some people will need to try more than one method of getting dry before they actually make it. Persistence will pay off and knowing what your options are is often the best way to get started.

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is probably one of the most famous methods of getting sober. They have a great success rate, thanks to carefully thought out steps and a buddy system that gives you the support needed to stay away from alcohol. If you decide to go with AA, you’ll be known only by your first name, to keep things private. Each alcoholic has a sponsor, someone who has already gone through the 12 steps and is ready to help another person make it through.

It really helps some to know that they aren’t the only ones going through this, but for loners or non-social drinkers, this might not be the best option.

Intervention

Sometimes, it’s just too difficult for a person to make the changes needed in their life to quit drinking. This is particularly true if they are hiding it from the world. Often, everyone knows that an alcoholic has a problem, but are afraid to confront him or her. That’s where intervention comes in.

Intervention can be very harsh, but at the same time, it is reassuring to know that so many people care about you. Basically, a group of friends and family get together, usually with a professional who has experience with interventions, and confront the alcoholic. They have to lay down some pretty harsh consequences, but if the person decides to seek treatment, everyone will be behind him or her 100%.

Medications

Sometimes, you need a little extra help to stop drinking and that’s where prescription medications come in. At the moment, there are three different ones available and it will be up to the doctor or therapist as to which is best in each situation.

Naltrexone is available in pill form and can also be injected. It works to help reduce the craving that an alcoholic normally feels when quitting drinking. Acamprosate is another prescription medication that helps ease the transition into non-drinking. This drug reduces the normal withdrawal symptoms like insomnia and anxiety. The final medication available, which can be used for those who are very stubborn about drinking, is Disulfiram, which actually makes you sick if you drink anything that has alcohol in it.

As mentioned earlier, not all of these treatments is ideal for everyone. Some people will need medications in order to overcome their alcohol dependency, while others simply need the support of friends and family. Don’t worry if your method isn’t the “traditional” method of quitting, the end result is what matters.”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"

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