Because alcohol is legal to consume, it is difficult to diagnose if there is a problem. Alcohol usage is a huge gray area with white on the left and black on the right. On the left, is the person who doesn’t consume alcohol at all or maybe twice yearly. On the right, is the person who has lost everything and has severe psychological and physiological effects of alcohol abuse. However, we’ve all seen people who have crossed the line and show signs of alcoholism. That is, their alcohol intake has become problematic.
Getting help at this juncture is important. The earlier you or your loved one receives help for alcohol abuse, the likelier you are to recover completely. Seeking professional guidance in this determination is critical. It is not easy to determine without help.
Signs of Alcoholism
Oceanfront Recovery can help you recognize whether you or your loved one has crossed the line. These are some of the signs of alcoholism:
- Have you or your loved one started drinking for relaxation, to feel “normal“ or to handle stress?
- Instead of taking care of work, family or other duties and tasks, you or your loved one are drinking alcohol.
- Are you or your loved one not letting anyone know about all of the drinking?
- Sometimes you haven’t drank, but yet you feel “hung over“.
- Are you feeling alone and distanced from family, friends and loved ones?
- Are you or your loved one having erratic and extreme mood swings and feelings of irritability?
- Has your appearance changed, are you increasingly unkempt?
- The people you are hanging out with are changing.
- You or your loved one has begun to experience blackouts.
If you are experiencing any or all of these signs, alcohol abuse is present. Reaching out to Oceanfront Recovery at this juncture is a healthy idea. Get a hold of yourself now before the problem spirals out of control.
Am I An Alcoholic?
It is difficult to be objective when it comes to your alcohol use history or that of your loved one. Medical or clinical professionals utilize different screening methods to determine whether your alcohol use has crossed the line into alcohol abuse.
A clinical professional may ask you if you have drank first thing in the a.m. just to get calm, quiet your nerves, or to recover from a hangover? Are you becoming annoyed or upset when your loved ones criticize your alcohol intake? Have you felt that you should cut down on your drinking but are unable to? Have you ever felt uncomfortable about your alcohol consumption? These CAGE questionnaire questions are a useful tool.
Oceanfront Recovery: The Rest Of Your Story Starts Here
Treatment options for alcohol abuse or alcohol use disorder are varied and individualized. It depends on whether your abuse is mild, moderate, or severe. Again, speaking with a professional about this is key. They will be able to utilize the aforementioned techniques as well as some other modes of diagnosis. Oceanfront Recovery wants to be a part of the rest of your story.
Call Us If You Are Exhibiting Any Of The Signs of Alcoholism
Oceanfront Recovery is an awesome rehabilitation facility that boasts a caring and supportive staff of professionals who want to assist with your recovery. We have alcohol treatment programming as well as the following:
- Dual diagnosis treatment program
- ADHD treatment program
- Women’s rehabilitation program
- Residential treatment program
- Men’s rehabilitation program
There has been many roads leading to the point of alcohol abuse. The rest of your story is up to you. We want you to make the choice to include us in that narrative. If you need immediate intervention to assist with your alcohol detox, we can help. If you need therapeutic intervention and abstinence training, we can also assist. Call us today at (877) 296-7477.