When you are a self-sufficient and fully functioning member of society, it is difficult to hear people continually suggest that you seek help for drinking. It feels as though people are focusing on one small part of your lifestyle, while ignoring all the other wonderful parts of who you are. This article is written with the intention of helping you understand your loved one’s concerns in a way that they do not have the ability to communicate.
It is not that your loved ones question your integrity. Rather, they value your integrity and want to see you maintain it for a lifetime. Drinking alcohol is not so much a right as it is a privilege. The line between functional and impaired drinking is thin, and most of us cannot see from our own perspective that we have begun to cross it. Your loved ones admire you for your ability to care for yourself and maintain a career. Their biggest fear is that something will ruin that for you, and they have noticed something that has awakened that fear.
Alcohol is a deadly weapon. It is easy to reason that it does not matter how much we drink, as long as we can still function. However, the ability with which we function after consuming alcohol does not negate the deleterious effects it has on our physiological health, especially the brain cells it kills and the stress it puts on the liver. In fact, the more you can drink without it affecting your daily routine, the more likely it is that you have build up a tolerance to a physiologically dangerous amount of alcohol. The more tolerant your body is to alcohol, the more it takes to maintain equilibrium, and the worse your symptoms of withdrawal will be when you try to decrease the amount. This also increases the percentage of your income you need to put towards alcohol.
Where to Go From Here
Now that you better understand the concerns of your loved ones, it is important for you to educate yourself and form your own opinion about the harmful effects of your relationship with alcohol. Getting treatment is a challenging but powerfully rewarding experience when you take control of it yourself. Our counselors are always available to help you take the first step, just call 855-782-1009