Symptoms of Alcoholism
As mentioned above, there is no symptom that definitively indicates a drinking problem. That said, there are several behaviors that suggest someone has an addiction or is in the early stages of developing one. These include:
- Lying about how much you drink and/or drinking in secret
- Frequently drinking alone
- Feeling irritable or anxious if you cannot drink
- Frequent Binge drinking
- Memory loss or blacking out when drinking
- Damaging relationships or careers as a result of drinking
- Loss of interest in things that once brought you joy in favor of drinking
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define binge drinking as consuming four drinks in two hours for the average woman, and five drinks in a two hour period for the average man. If you find yourself consuming this amount on a regular basis, you should start limiting your intake of alcohol.
Long Term Effects of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction can cause damage to the following organs:
If you or a loved one suffers from alcohol addiction, call (678) 737-4430 today. Our supportive team is here to help.
How Does Someone Become Addicted?
There are many things that can drive someone to abuse alcohol. The longer someone abuses alcohol, the more likely they are to develop a dependency.
People may turn to alcohol for many different reasons, including:
- To relieve stress
- To feel happy
- To feel comfortable in social situations
- To cope with loneliness
- To numb symptoms of unresolved trauma
- To dwell in feelings of shame or regret
- To cope with loss
It’s not unusual for most people to drink for these reasons once in a while, but when people continuously rely on alcohol to relive a sensation or feeling, the dependency starts forming.
The American Psychiatric Association has created a series of criteria to help diagnose alcoholism. If an individual has experienced at least three of the following symptoms in the last year, they would be diagnosed with alcoholism in the United States:
- Your tolerance has reached the point where you need excessive quantities of alcohol to “feel” it. It is important to note that damage to the liver or central nervous system may affect this.
- You end up drinking more than you originally intended.
- You experience physical discomfort, also known as withdrawal when you cut down on consumption. This may include insomnia, anxiety, or nausea, among other things.
- You continually use a substance even though you realize it is harming you physically or mentally (substance abuse).
- You have tried to cut down on consumption but failed.
- You spend significant amounts of time obtaining alcohol, using it, or recovering from its effects.
- You find yourself spending less time with friends or engaging in your hobbies since you began drinking.
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The Treatment Process
Before treatment has to begin, the person struggling with alcoholism needs to decide that they want treatment. While this is not something that can be forced, friends and family can help push their loved one into realizing they need help through an intervention.
Alcoholism is not a problem that should be handled alone. Depending on how long someone has been drinking, and how often they do it, detoxification may be required before they can cut themselves off from alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, and many people give up at this stage if they don’t receive professional help. In a medical detox center, clients will receive monitoring and treatment to help them manage withdrawal symptoms.
After detox, patients should seek treatment at a rehab center like The Carter Treatment Center. It is recommended that patients begin with an inpatient program followed by outpatient therapy, but for patients who can’t manage this, outpatient treatment should be the next step.
Remember that detoxification alone is not treatment for alcoholism. Patients need to undergo therapy and address the issues that motivate them to drink: depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. In therapy, patients will learn strategies to identify their triggers for drinking and how to handle them in healthy, substance-free ways.
Our Treatments Are Built Around Your Needs
No matter what you’ve heard about alcoholism recovery, you should know that no two people have the same experience. At The Carter Treatment Center, we offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehab services. Our staff takes the time to learn more about you and the underlying factors that contributed to your addiction in order to build a treatment plan that will address your mental, physical, and emotional needs. We strive to set patients on the path of long-term recovery without fear of relapse.
When you trust your recovery to our team, you can count on us to provide the compassionate care and ongoing support you need. We are committed to helping you develop powerful tools to identify triggers, manage cravings, and maintain lasting sobriety. The Carter Treatment Center is CARF-accredited, and we are members of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). We are widely recognized as being among the top treatment centers for severe alcohol and drug abuse and addiction and are committed to helping individuals recover their possibility.