Adult beverages play an outsized role in our lives. At dinner, during leisure activities, for special occasions, alcohol is seemingly always at the center. For some, that’s very dangerous, and drinking alcohol turns into a focal point. How do you know when it goes too far? What are the signs of alcoholism?
The answers can vary by individual, and the signs are often hard to spot. Unfortunately, there is no set number of drinks that make you an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a precisely defined condition that is based on what alcohol does to your life, your job, and your relationships. For many people, one of the principal signs of alcoholism is when booze becomes the central consideration of your life — more than family, more than health, more than a career. Then it’s time to seek help. If you need alcohol addiction treatment, contact the experts at Amatus Recovery Centers today.
Signs of Alcoholism
The warning signs of alcoholism are often hidden in plain sight — though not always. Most people will exhibit a certain set of signs or behaviors that include:
- Continuing to drink even though it causes problems
- Experiencing problems at work or school, such as frequent absences
- Vowing to stop drinking, but being unable to do so
- Drinking for a longer period than intended
- Setting up your social calendar around drinking
- Severe problems in relationships
ou are considered to have an alcohol addiction when drinking occasionally becomes drinking often and leads to severe and persistent problems in health, relationships, career, and even the law. If you’ve spotted some or all these symptoms in yourself or someone close to you, it might be time to seek help.
Alcohol Addiction – Background
Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is the country’s most severe substance abuse problem. An estimated 15 million to 17 million people nationwide have been diagnosed as alcoholics, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
But there are many more people at risk, given how widespread alcohol is in our society. Nationwide, about eight out of every 10 people in the United States report they have consumed alcohol at some point in their lives, according to the NIAAA.
The toll of alcoholism is staggering in both loss of life and social costs. More than 10,000 people die in alcohol-related car accidents each year, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. That accounts for roughly one of every three auto accident deaths across the country.
Getting Them Help
As big of a problem as an alcohol use disorder is, disturbingly, very few people get the help they deserve. According to the NIAAA, only one of every 10 people with alcoholism seeks assistance from treatment facilities such as Amatus Recovery Centers.
While treatment for alcoholism sounds scary, it has an excellent track record of success. The treatment process typically begins with an intake session, involving a thorough mental and physical exam.
Based on the result of that intake, the clinical team will develop a thorough treatment plan, likely starting with a period of detox. In order to recover properly, you must stop drinking. And that can trigger painful withdrawal symptoms that need to be monitored.
Once you’ve flushed the alcohol from your system, you will begin counseling. This will likely involve both individual and group therapy sessions and are designed to help build your capabilities to cope better with the stress. Aftercare support will help reduce the risk of relapse.
Caring and Compassion
It’s scary to spot the signs of alcoholism, either in yourself or someone you love. But getting help is the right thing to do. The professionals at Amatus Recovery Centers provide full-spectrum addiction support, both for alcohol and other substances. We will be with you from the intake meeting all the way through to recovery and aftercare. Don’t miss another moment of life coping with alcohol. Contact us today for a consultation at 833.631.0525.