Getting real about drinking over the festive season
Updated: Nov 14
The party season is about to begin and many of us are in a mood to celebrate as we put a yet another tough year with Covid behind us. But as we look forward to the festive season and for Aucklanders, increased social freedoms, could it be possible we are staring down the barrel of an addiction spiralling out of control?
A never-ending list of parties and events is a permission slip to drink more and go 'extra' on all our vices. But addiction professionals know that an increase in drinking alcohol – even if it's just a tad more than usual – over a sustained period (like the 'silly season') can lead to a hard-to-shift addiction.
How to tell if you're an alcoholic
If you think you've got a problem with alcohol, you probably do. The questions below are a great place to start – they're compiled by the qualified team at Ocean Hills Detox & Rehab who have lived experience of addiction and have helped many people into a life of sobriety and recovery.
Do you always end up drinking more than you intend to?
Do you sometimes forget what you did, where you were or who you were with when you were drinking?
Do you regularly regret your actions while you were drinking?
Does drinking adversely affect your finances, relationships or health?
Do you have a pattern of missing work or personal appointments due to your drinking?
Are the important people in your life – loved ones, friends and employers – worried about your drinking?
Are you in a pattern of trying to stop drinking or at least cut down, and failing?
Do you feel annoyed when you can't drink the amount you want to?
Has alcohol stopped giving you a good buzz?
Have you stopped spending time doing other things in your life because of your drinking?
Why Ocean Hills rehab?
Rehab is a sanctuary for those needing help to turn their lives around from substance abuse. A total break from life, people and responsibilities is often crucial to provide space and time away from their addiction, and to get the professional support needed to create a lasting life of sobriety.
At Ocean Hills, we're very proud to have a team of caring, compassionate and qualified workers who provide support, education and skills to those seeking their way out of addiction. We've helped many alcoholics and addicts enter a life of recovery and hope to help many more.
Gift yourself sobriety this Christmas
Many people will lurch into the New Year after 1-2 months of partying, full of remorse and sick and tired of being sick and tired of their addiction. But you can choose to get sober at any time. Why not reach out today and give yourself the gift of sobriety this Christmas.
Call Elaine for a confidential chat on 027 573 7744.