5 Signs You May Need Alcohol Rehab
Alcoholism is a serious problem in the United States, and it affects every kind of person in every profession. It can take a long time to get to the point where someone suffering from alcohol addiction can really accept that they need to stop. Many people need extra help when they first try to stop drinking, and rehabilitation centers offer structured programs that provide the tools necessary for longterm recovery.
It can be difficult to know whether or not you really have a problem, and if you do have a problem, what kind of treatment will help you most. Here are five signs that you may need alcohol rehab:
1. Drinking Alone
In the beginning, you may be able to justify your drinking because you are being social. You may think “Everyone is doing it,” and that social occasions are easier to deal with when you can use alcohol as a lubricant. Eventually, you may realize that you are drinking by yourself, either at the bar or even alone in your home. Drinking alone usually means that you are using alcohol to deal with your feelings, such as depression, loneliness, or fear.
2. You Have Tried To Quit (But Were Unsuccessful)
One sign you may need addiction treatment is that you have already tried to quit drinking on your own, but you were either unable to quit, or you were unable to stay stopped. Just like with smoking, those who struggle with alcohol addiction try different methods to quit. You may have tried cutting down, stopped drinking at your favorite places, used a therapist to try to deal with underlying issues, or even tried outpatient treatment. Sometimes the only way to quit is to make a commitment to totally changing your life.
3. Close Friends or Family Have Expressed Concerns About Your Drinking
When the people you care about tell you that they are worried you may have a problem, your first reaction was probably to be defensive and even angry. But the reason they express concern is that they care about you and they don’t want to see you hurt. It is always difficult to know how to deal with this kind of unwanted attention, but it’s easier when you can accept that they mean well. Even if you think they’re wrong, consider what they’re saying. Sometimes your loved ones will blow things out of proportion, or they simply don’t know the whole story. But at least consider what they’re saying because they want what’s best for you.
4. Your Tolerance Is Higher Than When You Started
Alcohol is like many addictive drugs in that you can build up a tolerance to it, meaning that you will need to drink more and more to get the same effect you got in the beginning. Even though you need more alcohol to feel the same way, that doesn’t mean that the greater amounts of alcohol are safe. In this way, alcohol addiction is a vicious cycle, causing the alcoholic to drink more, which leads to greater dependence, which leads to drinking even more.
5. You Can See Real Consequences From Your Drinking
Sometimes your first big hint is a charge for driving while intoxicated, while for other people the first sign may be a noticeable decline in physical health. Alcohol abuse can lead to many physical problems, such as cirrhosis of the liver, stroke, or irregular heartbeat, but the first signs will be more subtle, such as problems with your teeth and a constant feeling of being run down. Some people can’t stop drinking until they have hit bottom, but your bottom can be anywhere you want to stop. You don’t have to wait until you are arrested or terminally ill to get the help you need.
These are just some of the main signs that you may need rehab. If you identify with any of these, it doesn’t hurt to call and ask questions to see if a program will be right for you. Contact us today if you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism or addiction. We have a staff of friendly addiction professionals standing by waiting for your call.