If you have come to the conclusion that you cannot stop on your own, then it is time to look into getting help.
These days there are many resources and alcohol abuse programs. You should start with visiting your medical professional. You may need alcohol detox first. Detoxification is when you let alcohol run its course through your system and dealing with negative side effects, known as withdrawal. You will want professional help with this step, whether it is through your doctor, or through a detox facility. Withdrawal can get pretty severe, even life-threatening for those who are dealing with a severe drinking problem. After detoxing, it is recommended to move into some sort of program to help you recover. When you are dependent on alcohol, abstinence is necessary to keep you from going back to a severe drinking habit.
Alcoholics Anonymous is another place to get help. It is a worldwide organization of individuals who work together in overcoming alcohol. There is only one requirement for membership and that is the desire to stop drinking. You will find A.A. meetings in virtually every community nowadays. The Local Drug Rehab section of the Cirque Lodge website provides a map and links to your local A.A. providers by state. A.A. was the pioneer of the 12-step program and has found success for many decades and for a growing number of alcoholics. They provide a sponsor, one-on-one support for helping with sobriety as well.
If you have a loved one who may be an alcoholic and not willing to get help, you may need to give them a supportive push through intervention. Intervention is when you lovingly confront your loved one and express your concern about the drinking problem. You can organize and do this with other relatives and loved ones. We suggest using a professional interventionist. These individuals are experienced in dealing with alcoholic behaviors and treatments. An intervention can greatly facilitate your loved one agreeing to get help.