Tuesday 11th June 2013
If you have just completed a stay inside an alcohol rehab centre, it’s now up to maintain your sobriety. However, it’s not as easy as it seems and for some, it may even be scary.
The US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states that approximately 90% are likely to suffer a relapse during the first 4 years after getting treatment.
In a nutshell, a relapse is simply a return back to your addictive ways. So if you are an alcoholic in recovery, drinking alcohol again is considered to be a relapse.
Relapses can affect your personal and professional life severely, as you have just begun to rebuild your life once again.
While the statistic from the NIAAA may be scary, you don’t have to suffer a relapse. There are ways to prevent it, so if you are thinking about drinking again, in this article, we are going to provide you with some helpful tips on how to avoid it.
How Alcohol Addiction Affects Your Life
Alcohol addiction or alcoholism can severely affect the way you live your life. One of the worst things about this illness is that it also affects the quality of life of those closest to you.
Here are some of the ways that alcohol addiction can affect your life:
- You’ll suffer blackouts and memory loss. For example, you won’t be able to remember what happened during the time you were drunk
- Your financial situation may become difficult since you are spending so much money on alcohol
- Your career will suffer and you may even lose your job
- Your relationships with family and friends will be affected which may lead to divorce and you can even lose custody of your kids
- You become more prone to injuries at work or at home for example, driving under the influence of alcohol
If you suspect that you are on the brink of a relapse, asking yourself the following:
- What is causing me to want to drink alcohol again?
- Am I getting enough support from my family and friends?
- Is stress causing these cravings to drink again?
- Is it really worth going down that same path just for one drink?
It doesn’t matter what the situation is, nothing can justifiably condone wanting to drink alcohol again after you received treatment. However, if you have suffered a relapse, please understand that it’s not the end of the world.
What is key is that you don’t dwell on your mistake and that you get back on the recovery path as soon as possible before things get totally out of hand.
If you have suffered a relapse or you know of someone who has, we can provide you with immediate admission into the best private alcohol rehab centres in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Thailand.
All you have to do is call us now and let one of our qualified addiction counsellors find the best alcohol treatment available for you or your loved one.
Article by We Do Recover