Alcohol's popularity in America stems from the fact that many people drink it to varying degrees based on recreational use, or habitual abuse. Many who drink alcohol both casually and habitually experience an increased tolerance, where they have to drink more to feel intoxicated. However, alcoholics have always faced a problem with increasing their tolerance levels because their bodies become accustomed to drinking. Many alcoholics feel the need to drink first thing in the morning, and as needed, because they suffer from withdrawal when they are sober. Addictive cravings and irrational behavior as a result of drinking typically place high levels of stress on family and working relationships.
Please look over the following symptoms of alcoholism. While having one of these traits may not necessarily mean someone is an alcoholic, it is important to gauge the severity of these symptoms to prevent or seek help for what can be a life threatening illness.
Is someone you know doing the following:
Goes out drinking all the time or drinks in private regularly
Missing work and responsibilities often
Regularly fails to show up for social or work commitments and use a variety of excuses that seem implausible.
Having trouble with finances, borrowing money or resorting to crime
Over-emotional, aggressive, anti-social, irrational or even violent
Engaging in unsafe drinking such as drinking while driving or drinking at work
Hiding drinking from others
Constantly experiencing blackouts, forgetting where things are, forgetting commitments
Borrow, steal take money or fail to account for money without an obvious cause.
Seem moody or act differently to their usual manner.
Is getting in trouble with the law as a result of drinking
Continues drinking even in the face of obvious health or domestic problems
Diagnosing Alcohol Addiction
Generally mild but still regular drinking would be called alcohol abuse while someone that embodies many of the above traits would be termed an alcohol dependent.
Those that are in this situation are usually in denial about their problem and have a bevy of excuses for their behavior, making self-diagnoses of this disease rare. Family members and friends most commonly realize these problems, although it is typically best for a healthcare professional to make such a determination. As discussed previously, the indicators most commonly used to clinically identify alcoholism are tolerance and withdrawal.
Tolerance can easily be detected by gauging whether or not patients have been drinking more to feel the same level of intoxication.
Withdrawal symptoms may vary slightly from person to person but generally include: sweating, increased heart rate, anxiety, aggressiveness, tremors, insomnia, hallucinations, vomiting and seizures.
Another obvious symptom is a severe increase in the person's desire for alcohol, which they know will alleviate the pain they are feeling. The necessity of rehab is often based around the tendency for chronic addicts to not be able to resist the urge to drink because of withdrawal symptoms. If someone is afraid of this experience, unfortunately this likely means they will have to go through it and may need the help of professional counselors and physicians; the consequences of alcohol withdrawals can be severe, including seizures and possibly even strokes.
It is a very difficult prospect to get someone to agree to rehab treatment because of denial, the fear of withdrawals, and the chemical addiction itself. Interventions and other forms of counseling will often help people accept their problems and enter rehab, or at the very least try Alcoholics Anonymous.
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It is to the benefit of the individual addicted to alcohol to attend our residential addiction treatment program, where there is a greater range of resources including managed detox by medical practitioners and psychiatrists; these licensed professionals are able to coordinate care for individuals showing severe dependence with a high likelihood of experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms.
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