This April, The Carter Treatment Center joins the rest of the country in acknowledging Alcohol Awareness Month. Organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and started back in April 1987, the campaign has since morphed into a movement designed to destigmatize addiction and draw attention to the ways alcoholism impacts your health and future.
Despite the fact that more people than ever know that alcohol addiction is a real issue that changes your brain chemistry and can be challenging to stop, there’s still a lot of stigma surrounding alcoholism and substance abuse in general. There’s also a lot of denial among Americans who have drinking problems but don’t want to admit there’s an issue or that they need professional help. This may be true for many people this year because of COVID-19’s impact on our society.
The global pandemic has created instability in our economy and in our own homes. Some factors that may drive a person to drink more heavily during this time include:
- Financial stress, such as being unemployed or being unable to pay bills or rent
- Isolation, one of the most common factors that fuel alcoholism
- Grief associated with losing loved ones
Signs Your Binge Drinking is Out of Control
Wondering whether you or a loved one have developed a drinking issue? You’re not alone. According to the Blue Cross Blue Shield COVID-19 National Pulse Survey, overall alcohol consumption has risen 23 percent since the pandemic began. It’s important to know the signs of binge drinking so you’re aware of when your casual drinking is becoming unmanageable and may turn into alcoholism.
Some signs your binge drinking may be getting out of control during the pandemic include:
- You’re drinking more over time to achieve the same “high”: If you find that over time you need to consume more alcohol to achieve the same pleasant feelings as before, your body is developing a tolerance to the alcohol. This is usually a clear sign that you’re developing a drinking habit that can turn into an addiction.
- One drink turns into several: Many people with alcohol addictions promise themselves one drink, only to find they can’t resist drinking more. If you’re having problems with discipline and holding back, you may have an alcohol problem.
- Your loved ones are worried about you: Are your family members, friends, or roommates making comments about how much you’re drinking or calling you out? Are they complaining because you’re withdrawing from them or lying about how much you’re drinking? This is a red flag.
- You’re spending a lot of money on alcohol: Are you finding yourself picking up bottles of alcohol along with your groceries every week or month? Have you stolen or borrowed liquor from family or friends? If you’re spending more money on alcohol than before, it’s likely you’re developing a dependence on it.
Just because you’re not going out to bars or clubs every weekend because of the pandemic doesn’t mean you’re not binge drinking. Many people are dealing with mental health issues during this time, which can exacerbate substance abuse issues. If you’re struggling with your mental health and relying on alcohol to feel better, this can quickly turn into an addiction and take over your life.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Cumming & Suwanee
The Carter Treatment Center has demonstrated experience helping those who struggle with alcohol (and drug) addiction throughout the state of Georgia. Our two facilities in Cumming and Suwanee offer specialized programs that treat alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder. Having worked with countless individuals who have been in your position before, we know what you’re going through and are here to provide compassion and support.
Though you may feel alone in your struggle, you’re not—over 14 million adults in the United States struggle with alcoholism, but plenty of individuals have sought professional help and are now in recovery. We’re happy to speak with you over the phone to learn more about your story and give you options that can help you meet your sober goals.
The Carter Treatment Center offers comprehensive treatment for those dealing with alcohol addiction, including inpatient and outpatient rehab services. Contact us online or by phone at (678) 737-4430 to learn more about our services in Georgia.