Understanding the Struggle: What to Do When You Can’t Have Just One Drink

For many, enjoying a drink or two is a social and relaxing experience. However, the struggle to stop at just one drink is all too real for some individuals. If you find yourself constantly craving more alcohol and unable to control your intake, you may be dealing with a drinking problem. In this article, we will explore the nature of alcoholism, the possibility of drinking normally again, signs that indicate a drinking problem, and the various avenues for seeking help and recovery.

Next Wind Recovery is a New Jersey alcohol and drug addiction treatment center focused on holistic healing through treatment, physical health, and education. To learn more about alcoholism and why some people can’t have just one drink, speak with a treatment coordinator at Next Wind Recovery today.

Understanding Alcoholism and Its Effects

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a chronic disease characterized by an inability to control or stop drinking despite adverse consequences. It is essential to recognize that alcoholism is a complex condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background.

The effects of alcoholism extend far beyond physical health. It can strain relationships, impact job performance, lead to legal problems, and contribute to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Understanding the nature of alcoholism is crucial to seek appropriate help and support.

Can Alcoholics Ever Drink Normally Again?

One commonly asked question is whether alcoholics can ever drink normally again. Unfortunately, the answer is not a straightforward one. Alcoholism is a chronic condition; for some individuals, complete abstinence from alcohol is the only path to recovery. This is because, for those unable to control their drinking, attempting to drink in moderation can often lead to a relapse and a return to problematic drinking patterns.

However, there are cases where individuals with a history of alcoholism have been able to reintroduce alcohol into their lives in a controlled manner. This is often referred to as “moderate drinking.” It is important to note that this approach is not suitable for everyone and should only be considered under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Signs That You May Have a Drinking Problem

Recognizing the signs of a drinking problem is an essential step toward seeking help and recovery. Individuals who experience loss of control, neglect of responsibilities, cravings and withdrawal symptoms, increased tolerance, and continued use despite negative consequences may be experiencing the warning signs of a drinking problem.

If you identify with any of these signs, reaching out to Next Wind Recovery for help and support is crucial.

Overcoming the Desire for Just One Drink

The desire for “just one drink” can be a powerful temptation for individuals struggling with alcohol addiction. By setting clear goals, avoiding triggering situations, developing healthy coping mechanisms, and building a supportive network, you can work towards overcoming the desire for just one drink.

Support Groups and Resources for Those Struggling with Alcoholism

Support groups and resources play a crucial role in the recovery journey of individuals struggling with alcoholism. Here are some notable options:

1. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a worldwide fellowship of individuals who have struggled or are struggling with alcohol addiction. AA meetings provide a supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences and receive guidance from others who have overcome similar challenges.

2. SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a science-based program that offers support and tools for individuals seeking recovery from all addictive behaviors, including alcohol addiction. It emphasizes self-empowerment and focuses on building motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts and behaviors, and leading a balanced life.

3. Helplines and Hotlines

Various helplines and hotlines are available for individuals seeking immediate support or information about alcohol addiction. These helplines are typically staffed by trained professionals who can provide guidance and connect individuals with appropriate resources.

Hope and Recovery for Those Who Can’t Have Just One Drink

Recovery from alcohol addiction is possible, even for those who struggle to drink just one. It requires courage, commitment, and support from both professional resources and a strong network of friends and family. 

Everyone’s journey is unique, and success can be defined individually. Whether your goal is moderation or abstinence, seek the help you need and deserve. With the proper support and determination, you can overcome the struggle and find hope and recovery on your path to a healthier, happier life.

At Next Wind Recovery, we work with individuals to achieve their personal sobriety goals through tailored treatment plans. Through holistic treatment, you can achieve your goals, too. 
Contact a treatment coordinator today to learn more about New Jersey addiction treatment and how Next Wind Recovery can support your journey.

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Duane Anderson, CADC Intern

Duane is a Primary Therapist at Next Wind Recovery.

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