Alcoholism is a serious problem that affects many people, and it can wreak havoc on your life in a number of ways. It can impact your ability to work and to advance in your career. It can also have a negative impact on your ability to have healthy, happy relationships. In many cases, alcoholism also has a negative effect on your health, leading to problems like premature aging and even death in some cases.
Stopping the use of alcohol is the first step but it can be difficult to do on your own. Alcohol changes your blood chemistry and brain chemicals, and it ultimately creates a physical and psychological dependency. Rehab often uses medical means to alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that affect the body. It also will remove you from the triggers that you may have faced over the years that may contribute to some of your problems. This may be relationships that trigger you, your job and more. In some cases, you may not be aware of what your triggers are until you are removed from them. You will develop coping skills that can help you to avoid the triggers and to deal with them in the future.
Some people will break free of their addiction to alcohol on their own, but others will need the full support of rehab as well as on-going guidance from therapists and support groups for years. If you have had trouble stopping on your own, consider looking for a rehab program that is suitable for you.