My wife called around to Florida alcohol rehabilitation centers after my latest health scare due to years of heavy drinking. I didn’t wake up one morning so one thing led to another and I woke up in the hospital with a doctor telling me my liver was damaged and that if I didn’t stop drinking I could very well die within a few years. That was scary, but as ridiculous as it sounds quitting drinking was scarier. I didn’t know if I could do it, of course, but I was also terrified of having severe withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol withdrawal can be downright deadly. If not properly treated, you can suffer seizures that can kill you. Not every alcoholic suffers these withdrawals. In fact, it’s only a minority. Many can wean themselves the sauce with few side effects other than craving another drink. I didn’t want to take any chances, however, so that is why my life located a clinic where I could go and have someone help me through the process. Once I was past the initial danger of serious withdrawal symptoms, I would remain to learn how to quit drinking and manage my alcoholism. Because it doesn’t go away after you leave the center.

I’m pretty happy to say that life is going well. I’m cautiously optimistic I’ll stay off the beer. I say cautiously because as any alcoholic knows, you’re only ever seconds away from taking another drink. I try to practice the things I learned at the center and to remember that alcohol is a depressant that seriously altered the way I looked at myself, my family, and the world around me. It will take some time to get back to what I felt like all those years ago before I took that first drink, but I think I’m going to make it.

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