Alcoholics are not only people that drink every day. Not all alcoholics will experience withdrawal symptoms. Some will never get arrested. Some will never lose a job or their house. It isn’t about how often you drink or how much you drink—it’s about what happens when you drink and how it makes you feel. Alcoholism is characterized by the following:
- Loss of Control
- Increased Tolerance
“Craving” refers to the strong desire or mental obsession with alcohol. You tell yourself that you need to take it easy for a while and decide to not drink for a week. But the first day you try not to drink, you can’t stop thinking about alcohol. Many that struggle with drinking also find that they are unable to have just one. Increased tolerance refers to the need to drink more to achieve the same effect—what you felt after one or two drinks, you now need to have 5 or 6 to feel.
If you think you may have a drinking problem, answer the following questions:
- Do you drink to relieve stress?
- Have you tried to cut back on your drinking or quit entirely?
- Have you switched from liquor to beer or beer to wine in an attempt to control your drinking?
- Have you ever lost a job as result of your drinking?
- Have friends and family members expressed concern about your drinking?
- Have you ever been arrested as a result of your drinking?
- Do you feel like you drink even when you don’t want to?
- Do you experience depression and/or anxiety that is related to your drinking?
- Have you ever blacked out from drinking too much?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol.
Treatment for alcoholism involves several steps. It begins with a medical detox to help you get physically stabilized. Next, inpatient treatment provides a safe environment for you during the beginning of your recovery process. This is very important as many alcoholics find that trying to get sober on their own continue to relapse. Inpatient treatment for alcoholism also helps men and women address the issues that contributed to their drinking and teaches various coping skills that they can use when they feel tempted to drink. Extended care—such as outpatient treatment or sober living—is also recommended to provide the continued support many alcoholics feel that they need during the first several months.
Recovering Souls is a drug and alcohol treatment placement service. We help men, women and their families find the help they need. Call today at 1-800-832-5250 to learn more about how we can help you.