Alcoholism is one of the gravest and scary problems facing our world today. Unfortunately, it is a problem that is continually increasing for the simple reason that alcohol is so readily available almost everywhere. In fact, alcohol and drug addiction has become a tough nut, to crack, so to speak.
Drugs and alcohol makes people feel good; but not everyone who uses alcohol is likely to become an alcoholic. When they are able to feel high, they are apt to use more, just to maintain that feeling. Eventually, the drugs and or alcohol take hold of a person’s life until they are completely controlled by the effects they are used to. And far too many finally lose their health and their self respect. In some areas, as many as one drinker in every eight loses his control of the use of alcohol.
Many countries of the World, has declared a “war on drugs. This is a great effort, but it might just be too big of an epidemic to control. The real truth is that if we take a personal interest in healing those around us, we can gain control of the problem, one person at a time- if we’re lucky.
How do you detect if your loved ones are alcoholic and drug addicts? The answer to this question is not farfetched as it is quite easy to recognize the signs of alcohol and drug addictions. Below here are indications to alert you of the danger or problem:
• Finanancial problems
• Spacey and unintelligible conversation
• Chronic bloodshot eyes
• Problems with work or school
• Excessive shaking or tremors
• Avoidance of social situations
• Delirium Tremens
• Mental deterioration
• Alcoholic hallucinations
If you recognize any of these signs in a loved one, you should take steps to confront your loved one and try to steer them towards recovery effort. The family can do much to help. First of all, each must realize there is no easy road to abstinence. It takes time. The alcohol habit is not overnight nor will it disappear through any magic formula or pill. Antabuse may be useful in a few cases, provided the alcoholic genuinely want to quit. But, without his entire co-operation, every effort is doomed to failure.
Alcohol and drug addiction can be debilitating to families all over the world. It takes hold of lives and can ruin them in an instant. Drug and alcohol addiction are very serious diseases that should not be ignored. If you think you or a loved one might be struggling with this powerful problem, seek help now.
There are more resources available now than ever before when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction. Below here are some simple steps to fight the problem:
• Have a real desire to quit drinking.
• Resolve to help others. Be a missionary to others who are enslaved to alcohol. This will strengthen your own resolve not to touch it again.
• Make a complete confession of all your personal defects and weakness. This is not pleasant, but is important in making a true recovery.
• Acknowledge God’s help in winning your battle. Give Him, the glory, for you know only too well you could never do this alone.
• Ask for God’s ever- present help. When you are fully sincere in this, you will never want to drink any more. It is as simple as that.