Alcoholism is one of the most common forms of addiction in the United States, taking the second spot to tobacco addiction. Addiction to alcohol is typically a gradual process. It often begins with the individual drinking casually and rationalizing reasons to drink more often. However, it is important to note that there isn't “one way” to develop alcoholism, nor is there one definable behavior that marks an alcoholic. If you believe you or a loved one have a drinking problem, it is worth your time to discuss the situation with someone who is experienced in diagnosing and treating addiction.
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Symptoms of Alcoholism
As mentioned above, there is no one symptom that clearly indicates a drinking problem. That said, there are several behaviors that typically indicate someone is dealing with addiction or 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.
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.
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 our patients a variety of holistic treatments and therapies. 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.
Our centers for alcoholism treatment are located in Suwanee and Cumming, GA. We serve the surrounding communities of Alpharetta, Canton, Dawsonville, Gainesville, Johns Creek, and Roswell. Call (678) 737-4430 today to get started.
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