This is a question that the person addicted to alcohol often wonders about; what does surrender mean. If you know someone who is suffering from alcoholism, or abusing alcohol, understand that they will continue drinking until they surrender. What does surrender mean for alcohol abusers and alcoholics? Basically, it means that the person with a drinking problem reaches the point of acceptance and admits that they have a problem and seeks help.
What or who does the alcoholic surrender to? They surrender to the struggle within and accept reality; that their life is out of control. In a sense, they surrender to their loved ones and friends because they stop hurting them, manipulating them and lying to them. The alcohol abuser comes clean with themselves and those who care for them and asks for help.
Does a person have to hit rock bottom to finally surrender? Well, that depends on the individual, one person with a drinking problem may surrender after getting a DUI, another may surrender after experiencing black-outs; when they cannot remember what happened while they were drunk, and unfortunately others may only surrender after a doctor informs them that they will end up dead if they do not stop drinking, and for others a near death experience may cause them to surrender and get help. Rock bottom means different things to different people.
When a person stops drinking they may have withdrawal symptoms which can be mild or severe. Have you been drinking for a long time? When you drink do you often over indulge and ingest large amounts of alcohol? Understand that many a people who drink heavy or have consumed alcohol on a regular basis, even if it’s beer or wine, over a long period of time or binge drink may suffer with some type of withdrawal symptoms if they stop suddenly; or try to go cold turkey.
If you have surrendered or know someone who has please consult with a professional, at least speak with someone about your drinking habits and get advice about the safest way to stop. Many rehab centers and alcohol anonymous programs will do an assessment; this involves answering questions about your consumption of alcohol, the triggers, etc., but you must be 100% honest in order to get the help you need.
Are you ready to surrender and live sober? Great, take back your life and live again! The moment you surrender to your alcohol addiction you may feel as if a very heavy weight has been lifted. Before you try to stop drinking suddenly, or if you know someone that is trying to go cold turkey please learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of withdrawal.
What does surrender mean for alcohol abusers and alcoholics? Acceptance and honesty, taking back control of your life; a journey to living sober and living happy. You can do it.