Addiction to alcohol is a significant problem that many people fail to take seriously, and the reason behind this is due to how close at hand and convenient alcohol is to people. Sure, people could understand and potentially appreciate responsible drinking, but they don’t recognize that frequent drinking and excessive drinking (otherwise referred to as alcohol abuse) can eventually lead to alcohol addiction.
Each year, many of the top alcohol addiction treatment programs in the United States work with individuals who have failed to realize these dangers. These individuals believed that alcohol was harmless—or somewhat so—or had turned to the drink to deal with what was going on in their lives, stress, etc. In any case, the need for them to recover was real, and this may be true for you as well.
The question that you need to ask yourself now is: do you truly realize how dangerous alcohol is? Below, we will discuss alcohol and how you can recognize if you are addicted.
In many cases, people will become familiar with the explanation of alcoholism prior to being able to properly identify it within themselves. So, what exactly is the definition of alcoholism?
The most basic definition of alcoholism is having a dependence on alcohol. It’s also referred to as an alcohol use disorder. It occurs when an individual drinks so much that he or she feels as though he or she needs to drink. Over time, the body will become dependent on the “drug” to function or merely feel normal. Eventually, the person will become an alcoholic, and alcohol is the most important factor in that person’s life.
Regardless of the negative consequences that will occur in their lives, alcoholics will keep drinking alcohol. Alcoholics will often lose their jobs, marriages, as well as other relationships. Many will even suffer serious health problems due to their alcohol use. Some may end up having legal issues as well. However, for alcoholics, drinking is the most important thing to them—no matter what else is going on in their lives. They will do anything—and deceive anyone—to get their hands on another bottle or glass of alcohol, and once they start drinking, they are unable to stop.
Most people are well aware of the fact it can be hazardous to consume an excessive amount of alcohol. However, it can be eye-opening to become familiar with some alcoholism facts and statistics.
As you can imagine, alcohol addiction is a major problem not being addressed properly. Alcohol is considered a substance that is relatively safe and socially acceptable. Generally, people don’t think twice before they take a drink of alcohol. As a result, it is no wonder that alcoholism continues to rise at such a shocking rate.
Are You an Alcoholic?
Most individuals who are alcoholics are in denial, and they live their lives this way. To them, alcoholism happens to other people, not them. This way of thinking is what causes individuals to continue to be in alcohol addiction for many years.
So, by now, you may be asking yourself whether you are an alcoholic or not. Ultimately, you may get some insight into your behaviors by taking an alcoholism quiz. A quiz can educate you on your relationship to alcohol and help you understand what you should do.
Together, it may be helpful to answer some simple questions about your use of alcohol. Here are a few questions that you can answer, but make sure you answer them honestly.
If your answer was yes to more than one of these questions, then the chances are you are an alcoholic. This may actually come as a shock, as many individuals are surprised to find out that they actually have alcoholism. More than likely, your intention was never to become addicted to the substance—most people never mean to. However, like many other situations, alcoholism tends to sneak up on you.
Each individual will go through withdrawal differently, so a person’s symptoms will vary as well. While one person may experience withdrawal symptoms a few hours after their last drink, another individual may not have symptoms until a few days after consuming alcohol for the last time. Once you stop drinking, though, the risk of Delirium Tremens (DTs for short) are dangerous, and immediate medical attention is crucial if these symptoms appear.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced include low-grade fever, increase in blood pressure, hot or cold sweats, feelings of disorientation/confusion, hallucinations, seizures, irregular heartbeats or racing heart rate, or severe tremors. Some other symptoms that may be experienced include headaches, nausea with/without vomiting, anxiety, and insomnia.
Entering an alcohol rehab program can change your life for the better, and help you get your life back on track. There are typically many steps in an alcohol rehab program, and we will discuss the basics below.
When it comes to alcohol addiction treatment, there are multiple types at your fingertips. As an alcoholic, it is important to keep in mind that one treatment method may work for one person, but it may not be the best option for you.
Our clients are also able to get help without interrupting their personal lives. Some clients have personal and professional obligations that prevent them from attending more intensive and time-consuming treatment programs.
If you or a loved one is dealing with an alcohol addiction, keep in mind it is not recommended stopping drinking without professional supervision and assistance—no matter how long it is you have been addicted to alcohol. If you do this, it could result in critical health consequences due to the withdrawal symptoms. It is recommended to stop in a controlled, medical environment, which will ensure you can obtain the care and attention that you need and deserve during such a critical time of your life.
Here, at Shadow Mountain Recovery, we understand alcoholism and everything that goes along with, and we know how important it is for you to recover from the addiction. We also know the importance of recovering the proper and safe way.
You don’t have to let your alcohol addiction continue to control your life. If you are an alcoholic or suspect you are, contact us to get started with the admissions process or to simply learn more about the alcohol treatment options we have available.