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Getting help

The first step in getting help for your drinking problem comes from you.

You must face up to the truth. Be completely honest with yourself about your relationship with alcohol.

Start sharing your truth with others here at Living Sober. Hide your true identity if you like but be brutally honest. No-one is going to judge you and you have so much to gain by laying everything bare.

If you feel like you need more immediate help call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, or visit their website and talk to them online. They are there from 10am to 10pm every day. Again, you don’t need to tell them who you are but be completely honest. These people are lovely and kind and knowledgeable and can help you in many ways. They can listen, they can help you figure stuff out, they can reassure you about medical stuff, they can send you a bunch of information and they can direct you to free services available in your area. They will also phone you regularly to check on you if you would like them to

If it’s a loved one’s drinking you are worried about visit the Kina Families and Addiction Trust website. They have a booklet online here with lots of information, advice and numbers to call if you need to talk to someone about the situation.