How to Stop Your Binge Drinking
How to stop your binge drinking can baffle you for quite some time. It is a concern that may come and go with your binging behavior. Consequently, there can be long periods of time during which you don’t give it a thought. Between binges, it can simply seem that there isn’t a problem. In fact, most binge drinkers can go long periods of time without seeming interested in drinking at all. They do not fully perceive the seriousness, or even the existence, of a pattern of drinking. Rather, they tend to think of their binges as occasional events, not as recurring episodes within a pattern of alcoholic drinking.
When You Sense a Problem
When you do sense that your binge drinking is a problem, you can take steps to resolve the issue. First, however, you might come up against some distressful self-awareness. How you get to the point of seeing a problem can be very uncomfortable. For example:
- Someone may confront you
- You may see undeniable evidence of your out of control behavior
- You may be injured or cause injury to someone else or property
- You may expose yourself to harm through high risk behavior
- You may have an alcohol related health crisis
- Your reputation may suffer
- Others may sever their relationships with you
What to Do
If you are a binge drinker and decide to stop drinking, seek help from addiction treatment professionals even though it may seem counter-intuitive to you. Many binge drinkers think they wouldn’t ‘fit in’ with alcoholics in a treatment program. They tend to make a distinction between themselves and ‘alcoholics’. This distinction is based in your own denial, however. That’s why going to an alcohol treatment program may seem counter-intuitive to you. Dismiss your misgivings and seek help. Assure yourself that those thoughts are a symptom of alcoholism and proceed despite them.
Along with seeking help, there is another very effective thing you can do to help yourself: remember why you wanted to stop binge drinking in the first place. Write out the reasons you have decided there is a problem, and revise it, making it more detailed and lengthier as time progresses. Make your reasons specific and graphic, as well as easy to understand. Then, keep your reasons list handy and review it often, particularly if your resolve begins to waiver. Remember that denial is very intense for binge drinkers. You can bet that you will begin to think at some point that you really aren’t an alcoholic. Be prepared for that.