Why Is It So Hard To Quit Drinking?
First, please stop beating yourself up. You are not a failure because you haven’t been able to stop drinking on your own. This isn’t about a lack of willpower or the collapse of your determination. Part of your brain has been hijacked, but you can take it back — and we can help!
Dependence on alcohol has many complex components that interact in amazingly elaborate and complicated ways. While each person’s experience with alcohol and story of becoming addicted is unique, everyone who becomes addicted shares a common condition: Brain chemistry is altered by excessive alcohol consumption over time. So with this in mind, why is it so hard to quit drinking?
Keep reading to learn more, and reach out now to talk with an alcohol specialist for more information about how the Go Sober outpatient alcohol treatment program can help you quit once and for all.
Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain
When someone occasionally drinks alcohol in moderation, the experience is generally relaxing and enjoyable. The changes that happen in the brains of those people are temporary.
However, when you begin to drink alcohol on a consistent basis, especially in larger quantities, your brain chemistry begins to change, making it more challenging to manage your pattern of drinking.
A Vicious, Self-Perpetuating Cycle
The first noticeable difference is that you need more alcohol to achieve the same effect. As you continue to increase the amount and frequency of drinking, the alcohol begins changing the way that certain parts of your brain function, which then impacts how you feel. As you drink more and more alcohol to achieve that same effect, your brain chemistry is altered more and more.
Ultimately, it becomes harder and harder for your brain to function as it originally did before the excessive consumption altered it. You will actually feel as if you need alcohol to feel normal. To feel happy. To have fun.
While the specific thoughts can vary from person to person, the longer that you go without drinking, the more your brain craves alcohol to feel normal. The experience is similar to being hungry when you haven’t eaten. And just like being hungry, the longer you wait, the more intense the hunger pains. It’s almost impossible to ignore. But there is a way to break this cycle and stop drinking for good.
Our Unique Alcohol Treatment Program Can Help
Alcohol’s damaging effects on the brain can be undone with a comprehensive approach to treating the condition. Go Sober’s unique outpatient alcohol treatment program is designed to help undo the damaging effects of alcohol on your brain and to help you change your life. We achieve amazing results with an exclusively outpatient alcohol treatment program with a comprehensive, systematic approach that works.
Our outpatient program focuses on both the medical and lifestyle components of alcoholism and we personalize each plan to the needs of the individual. Better yet, because our program is completed entirely on an outpatient basis, we design our program to work with your life and your schedule. We craft a plan that helps you create the alcohol-free lifestyle you want. In as little as 10 weeks, you can go from constantly “thinking about drinking” to simply enjoying your life and having fun.
Ready to Reset Your Life and Get Your Fun Back?
Go Sober is here to help you live a life free of alcohol with a holistic outpatient alcohol program that integrates a medical protocol, behavior and lifestyle modification, and transitional support. If you’re ready, you can start your path forward today!