Fighting Alcoholism: 5 Effective Ways to Beat Addiction

‘Two sheets to the wind’, taking the edge off, under the influence etc.’ We’ve all heard some of the colourful terms used to describe the art of over-indulging in alcohol but only a relatively few individuals truly know its effects to the human mind. These individuals fall into the category of people who require that ‘liquid fire’ to function or escape their daily existence. And sadly, this unhealthy reliance generally leads to embarrassments and disgrace to victims of alcoholism.

Alcoholism can be beaten. It is one of those diseases that require real effort from its sufferer and support from family, friends and healthcare professionals to stamp out its scourge. So here are 5 effective ways in which I and others like me have successfully weaned our minds from functioning ‘under the influence.’


Restore the Self through Rehabilitation

It is a sad fact that most alcoholics are loners who believe they require little or no assistance in accomplishing anything. Therefore, opening up to receive help for something as embarrassing as alcoholism could be quite difficult. But beating your reliance on alcohol is always a group effort which makes alcohol rehab an excellent way to get treatment.

Imagine been surrounded by professionals who truly know what you are going through and have your best interest at heart? Or been cheered on by your fellow man as you both reach different health milestones? Opening up and relying on real support should not be perceived as the way out for weaklings because alcoholism thrives on loneliness.


Negate Harmful Emotions with Neurofeedback

This relatively new method of fighting alcoholism involves the use of electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to record brain activity. During this process, EEG sensors are attached to the head in order to record brain waves in real-time. This allows your therapist recognise the negative or even positive triggers that get you thinking of a drink.

Understanding the root cause of one’s reliance on alcohol and developing coping mechanisms to counter these causes effectively reduces the need for alcohol. Neurofeedback treatment is also accompanied with forming new interests such as Yoga or developing a hobby that diverts the brain from its triggers.


Biochemical Restoration Resets the Balance

Alcohol abuse leads to long term imbalances in its abuser. This imbalance which is a by-product of the peculiar endorphins alcohol releases in the human brain. In the long run, alcoholics develop biochemical imbalance which affects how we eat, sleep and function. This makes it important to recognise imbalances and correct them.

Biochemical restoration is a good start. The restoration is preceded by an individualized assessment to know the imbalances in a patient before the restoration can occur. Next, a restoration schedule is created to reset your system through the use of a personal nutrition plan, food supplements and exercise to realign the body and soul.


Achieve through Relaxation with Acupuncture

The by-products of alcoholism are many and showcase themselves in one’s psyche, locomotion, abilities and level of comfort. Do not be deceived, all its manifestations are negative and affect the listed human activities in a very negative manner.

Acupuncture is a great way of dealing with the pain, anxiety and feelings of depression caused by alcoholism. It has been proven to be highly effective in getting alcoholics to function or tackle responsibilities with a relaxed mind-set. Acupuncture therapy also makes detoxification or the withdrawal phase of recovering alcoholics less painful to a very high degree.  This makes it a procedure you should consider when going through rigorous rehabilitation which can sometimes leave you anxious about the road that lies ahead.


Art and Music Based Therapy Works

There is a saying that every human soul is imbibed with the ability to make art and music. This theory basically forms the backbone of music and art therapy. Therapists believe that a focus on wholesome music and making art in whatever form you choose—drawing, graphic design, sculpting, 3d printing etc.—can act as an elixir when combating addiction. 

This is because these activities create healthy endorphins in the brain which combat or replace the negative endorphins alcohol triggers. Lastly, a sense of self-worth will always take you far both professionally and otherwise.

Alcoholism is a disease and like all diseases, it can be combated even when you relapse. So do not forget to brush yourself up and continue striving to meet your goals despite short-term relapses.