Are you wondering if someone you know or if you need treatment for an addiction to alcohol? There’s a difference between the casual drinker and someone who has problems controlling their consumption. Thankfully, there are signs you can look for in yourself and your family members that will tell you if they need professional help to overcome their substance use disorder.
Common Signs You or Someone You Love Needs Treatment for an Alcohol Addiction
Becoming dependent on alcohol is typically a slow process. Most individuals start drinking at bars or social gatherings on the weekend. Over a period of months to years, the individual starts drinking more often and may even drink alone if they cannot find friends or family members who are willing to drink with them. The important thing to remember is that no one starts drinking alcohol with the intent to become addicted. However, the individual may need professional help in order to overcome their substance use disorder.
- You need increasing amounts of alcohol to feel drunk.
- You don’t feel well when you stop drinking.
- Your friends and family have commented on your drinking.
- You’ve had car accidents or hurt individuals while drunk.
- You lie about your alcohol consumption or have been caught in lies about your usage.
- You’re starting to get concerned about your drinking habits or the habits of a family member.
- You or your family member has missed work or social obligations to drink.
- You or your family member has tried to quit drinking in the past and not been successful.
You Have Built a Tolerance to Alcohol
Over time, have you noticed that you have to drink increasing amounts of alcohol in order to achieve the same effects or do you have to drink a certain amount of alcohol to feel normal? Being able to drink increasing amounts of alcohol is a sign that you are building a tolerance. If you drink often, especially every day and multiple times a day, you may have an alcohol dependency that needs treatment.
You Hide Your Alcohol Usage
In order not to alert family and friends to your actual alcohol consumption, do you go out of your way to hide your drinking or make excuses as to why you can’t attend social gatherings and family get-togethers? If you conceal your actual alcohol usage by drinking alone or hiding your alcoholic beverages in non-alcohol containers, you may have substance use disorder.
You Have Tried to Quit Drinking in the Past
Are you concerned about your alcohol consumption or have you tried to quit drinking alcoholic beverages in the past only to start drinking again? Your inability to stop drinking could be due to the development of substance use disorder, which is an illness that affects you both mentally and physically. When you quit drinking, you may have noticed that you feel lethargic and can’t sleep or concentrate. These are withdrawal symptoms that may make it extremely difficult to stop your alcohol consumption on your own. Thankfully, receiving alcohol treatment at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center can help you safely recover and move forward to leave a sober lifestyle.
You Have Lost Jobs Due to Your Alcohol Consumption
Have you missed work or lost your job due to your alcohol consumption? If your ability to hold a job has been negatively impacted by your alcohol consumption, this is a sign that you need professional, experienced treatment for your substance use disorder. When an individual is in the grip of a substance use disorder, they may show up to work drunk and drive drunk. If other employees notice this behavior, it can lead to reprimands, being told to go home and the eventual loss of the job.
You’ve gotten DUIs or Accidentally Hurt People or Yourself While Drunk
Have you gotten into car accidents, received a DUI or accidentally injured people while you were under the influence of alcohol? Alcohol reduces an individual’s inhibitions, which can lead to taking risks or doing things they wouldn’t normally do, like driving a car. It can also lead to falling down an injuring yourself or getting into fights with other people. If you answered yes, it’s important to understand that these are signs that you need treatment from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
If you’ve noticed these signs in yourself, a family member or one of your friends, there is help available that can help your loved one or yourself safely detox from alcohol and recover in a safe environment. To learn more, give us a call today at 866-300-6707.
Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.