Want help but don't want to tell friends about my drinking?

by Michelle

I work in the healthcare profession and I must say I never show up to work intoxicated. However on my days off I drink twelve plus beers a day. I want help but the only optional help means that people who are my friends will be informed. Any recommendations?

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Go to AA and begin working the 12 steps
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Michelle,

Alcohol abuse is an insidious disease that is often characterized by binges when off from work. This is sometimes called functional alcoholism. We can work and do our jobs but we drink to excess anytime we're not working.

Please consider joining AA, working the 12 steps and finding a sponsor to support you as you learn how to stop drinking. AA is completely confidential so no one needs to know that you're attending.

Many people recommend 90 meetings in 90 days as a great way to get a good start on controlling our disease. As I said earlier, alcohol is very insidious and we think we can control it when really it is controlling us.

Good luck,


by: Thomas

My opinion is, at this point it shouldn't matter what your friends think. You're starting to feel uncomfortable with that choice. There are different pathways to recovery, choose one that fits you.

Personally, after 30 plus years of substance use disorders. Multiple times in and out of treatment. I decided to take a path that I hadn't tried, I stop picking up my drug of choice. That choice has got me 18 years of sobriety.

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