Alcohol Addiction – I have been sober for 17 months

Alcohol Addiction – I have been sober for 17 months

When you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, it can feel like your whole world is crumbling. But there is hope. With the right treatment and support, you can overcome this disease and get your life back on track.

Part of what makes alcohol addiction so difficult to overcome is the way it affects your brain. Alcohol alters brain chemistry, which can lead to changes in mood, behavior, and thinking. These changes make it hard to quit drinking and stay sober.

So where does your brain fire up when battling alcohol addiction? Let’s take a look.

The first thing to understand is that alcohol addiction is a chronic disease. This means that it’s characterized by long-term, persistent changes in the brain. Just like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease, alcohol addiction is not something that can be cured.

However, it is possible to manage the disease and live a healthy, productive life. With treatment and support, you can learn to control your drinking and avoid relapse.

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One of the most important things to understand about alcohol addiction is that it affects the brain’s reward system. This system is responsible for making us feel good when we do things that are necessary for survival, such as eating or reproducing.

Alcohol hijacks this system by increasing levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate pleasure and motivation. This flood of dopamine reinforces drinking behavior, making it more likely that a person will keep drinking even though it’s causing problems in their life.

Over time, chronic alcohol use changes the way the brain’s reward system works. These changes can make it difficult to feel pleasure from anything other than drinking. This is one of the reasons why it’s so hard to quit drinking once you’re addicted.

Alcohol addiction also affects the brain’s executive functions, which are responsible for planning, decision-making, and self-control. These changes can make it difficult to stick to your treatment plan and avoid relapse.

Conclusion

One of the most important things you can do if you’re struggling with alcohol addiction is to seek professional help. Treatment can give you the tools you need to manage your disease and live a healthy, sober life.

If you’re ready to take the first step, contact a treatment center today. With the right help, you can overcome alcohol addiction and get your life back on track.

One response to “Alcohol Addiction – I have been sober for 17 months”

  1. Great tips here. I love this write up. To add, here is my point of view: Addictions can be hard to overcome, because sometimes people feel empty without them (but this is the avenue that addictions use to worsen over time). We must break free from all addictions. One of the first places to begin, is to ask ourselves: When did this addiction start? Is there an underlying cause? We ask questions such as this to find out what the trigger for the addiction is. For example, if a person was bullied in the past, and they are drinking to cope with the feeling of unworthiness that the experience brought, they are better off dealing with those feelings (since it is the root cause). Secondly, it helps to look for people who have overcome the condition that one is dealing with, and checking to see how they managed to overcome it. Tips and strategies from such people usually prove useful. Last, but most important, it is crucial to commit the healing process to God. God is our creator, and he is able to help us.

    The Bible says in Hebrews 2:18 (about Jesus)
    “For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted”.

    God says in Isaiah 41:10
    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.

    If anyone reading is interested in building a relationship with God, I have a post on that here: https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/how-to-build-a-relationship-with-god/    

    There is much more to know about God. I post frequently on my blog about topics related to God. You are welcome to follow my blog to keep up with my content. See my blog here: https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/   

    – I hope this comment helps.

    All the best. May God bless you.

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