How To Recognize You’ve Got A Problem With Alcohol

Alcohol, drinking, alcohol addiction, alcohol abuse, recovery, treatment

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a drink every now and again. In fact, there’s often nothing more enjoyable than a beer with the guys. However, there are several million Americans struggling with an alcohol problem, so how can you tell whether you’re another statistic? A good rule of thumb to consider is that if you’re already wondering whether you’ve got a problem you probably have.

Your doctor will be able to help you decide what type of addiction recovery treatment will suit you best. Your options include detoxification, behavior modification, counseling, andmedication.

Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcohol Addiction

You might think they are two terms for the same condition, but they’re actually a little different. 

 Alcohol abuse – this is any “harmful use” of alcohol and includes binge drinking. A person with this problem continues to drink even though they have had issues of a social, interpersonal or legal nature as a result of their drinking. Their use of alcohol has caused either mental or physical damage.
 Alcohol addiction – also called alcohol-dependent. A person with this type of problem tends to stick with one specific brand or type of alcoholic beverage. They tend to only go to events or places where alcohol is served. Their alcohol tolerance increases over time. After a short period without any alcohol, they have physical symptoms such as mood swings, tremors or insomnia. It’s also very likely they will return to drinking after a period of abstinence.

If you recognize any of these symptoms, then you might have a problem with alcohol. It’s possible to try various online diagnostic tests is you need further confirmation. However, there is no substitute for seeking professional medical advice. 

What You Can Do to Help Yourself

If you’re prepared to admit you’ve got a problem, there are many different things you can do if you want to quit drinking. The first and most important step is to speak honestly and truthfully with your healthcare provider. Quitting alcohol suddenly can have serious consequences for your health. There is always the option of cutting down rather than quitting, but this is often not the best solution. 

If you want to quit drinking but feel you can’t do it on your own, there are several different treatment approaches. Which one you choose depends on a range of different things. When considering the different options consider your prior history of alcohol dependence, how much support you can expect from family and friends, personal commitment to getting sober and your financial situation. 

Recovery from alcohol addiction is a lifelong journey. Expect there to be relapses and plenty of temptations. As you work your way through your addiction, it’s not uncommon for you to slip in and out of sobriety. Some people are lucky enough to beat it the first time. However, others battle their demons for many years. Don’t give up, keep trying because this will increase your chances of success. With the support of your friends, loved ones and healthcare professionals, your journey to sobriety may be a long one, but you’ll get there in the end.

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