Congratulations on admitting you have a problem and looking to do something about
it. It's hard to admit one's failures or weaknesses so you took a big step by coming and asking for help.
1. Don't worry about
the insurance right now, go see a hepatologist, if you need a referral go back and find out where your primary care guy went. They are required to give you your records. If not, find a new one ASAP. Besides, if you stop drinking, you may not need a great plan for many years to come.
2. Stop drinking, you're just a baby and no matter what the cause of your liver problem (assuming that it is) , you will certainly make your life so much worse. If you get weak, come here and ask me how liver disease progresses and I promise you, it will make you throw out the bottle.
3. Try to finish your education with the extra time that you have on your hands. Go nights if you can't afford to quit work. It will keep you out of trouble, and it will benefit you greatly, it may even keep you alive :)
4. Get some counseling if you can, like Connie said, AA is a wonderful place to start.
5. Maybe you could ask your family for help, I'm sure they would jump at the chance to support you.
6. Come back here often and give us updates, we care about
you and we don't judge folks here in this forum. Many of us started with the same issues you are having right now.
When you're in your 20's you think you can't HAVE a good time without alcohol, but it's that mindset that takes away your options, because eventually it will kill you. You got an early start on alcoholism but you also got an early start on seeking help, kudos for that. I choose not to drink, but only because I feel better the next day if I do not. But I found I have just as much fun without it, and you can too.
One of my brothers is an alcoholic and from experience, I can tell you that you may need medication to stop drinking safely so you should go to a doctor STAT. In the ER they tell him to be honest about
how much alcohol because it can cause severe problems that require medical intervention.
So good luck to you son, we'll be waiting to hear back from you :)
Post Edited (Mae be here) : 11/19/2013 3:10:35 AM (GMT-7)