As obvious as alcoholism might seem to the unaffected, people who abuse alcohol rarely know they are in the throes of an addiction to alcohol. They might have an inkling something is wrong as they watch the good things in their lives start to diminish. Unfortunately, denial will more times than not erase any notion the addiction sufferer is dealing with a harmful disease. It’s great if loved ones are around you to point out your life is in trouble. If you are open to it, these are the people who would most likely be able to help you get the help you need.
If you don’t have watchful eyes around you to help protect you, that’s very unfortunate. Only you know the reasons for your current circumstances. Of course, that means you are the one who needs to be aware of what’s going on with your life and health. That’s not going to be an easy thing to do if you are not willing to admit and accept you are suffering from an addiction to alcohol. What you need to know is there is no shame in falling victim to an insidious disease like alcoholism. It does not represent you are a weak person or flawed. You have issues, painful issues. They created within you the need to escape through drinking. The drinking went too far and addiction came into being. Now, it’s up to you to choose. You can continue down the path of addictive behavior until you reach rock-bottom, or you can take a serious look at your circumstances and reach out for help.
How to know if you need alcohol treatment?
Understandably, there is probably a lot going on in your world that could be interfering with your ability to see the truth. If everything that is going on seems to be harmful and negative, that’s probably the first sign you have a drinking problem. To help you better understand the possible depths of your alcoholism, here some signs you should be looking, for now, :
- Obsession with drinking
- Often find yourself drinking alone in private places
- Financial issues due to spending money on alcohol
- Wreckless behaviors like unsafe sex or driving while intoxicated
- Difficulties performing at work or school
- Growing problems at home with personal relationships
- Inability to stop drinking
- Often increasing the amount of alcohol to get the desired effect
- Trouble with law enforcement
- Inability or unwillingness to handle personal responsibilities
If you need further evidence you might have a drinking problem, Alcoholics Anonymous has 20 questions you can ask yourself. According to the organization’s literature, an affirmative answer to a least five questions should serve as a warning there’s a problem. Here’s the good news. If you ever come to the realization you do have a problem, you can position yourself to get help. There are plenty of quality alcohol addiction treatment centers, including ours, that can help you arrest your addiction. To be clear, your addiction will never go away. It will lie dormant as long as you avoid drinking and take care of yourself. Failure to do so would open the door to your drinking problem making an immediate reappearance. As for treatment, there is a good chance you might have to start with a detox program.
A good detox program will help you get past your cravings and withdrawal symptoms with a minimum of pain and discomfort. When you move on to therapy, you will get an opportunity to work with a therapist on a journey of self-discovery. This journey will focus on helping you discover the truth about the root causes of your drinking problem. You can use this information to help yourself develop the coping and life skills you will need to avoid relapses in the future. Remember, none of this will be possible until you are willing to admit you are in the throes of an addiction to alcohol. When you reach the point you are ready to seek help, we will be here ready and willing to give you that help.
The best way to reach us is by contacting one of our representatives at 833-820-2922. With that one simple phone call, you will become an active participant in the saving of your own life. With focus and commitment to the treatment process, you don’t ever have to live in the cycle of addiction again.