You may have started drinking years ago and only now have realized you have a drinking problem. But is your problem alcohol abuse, or is it addiction? You can look for signs of alcohol addiction to provide your answer.
Alcohol Abuse Is When Problems Begin
People who drink with control do not experience negative problems after drinking. In other words, they do not have legal problems, arrests, car accidents, relationship struggles or lost work time after drinking. When you do experience these problems, you are abusing alcohol. Your body may not yet be addicted, but you are messing up your life with drinking.
Alcohol abuse is a time when you can possibly still stop drinking on your own. But if you keep drinking, you will start to experience signs of alcohol addiction.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Signs of alcohol addiction usually sneak up on the person doing the drinking. The first signs may be subtle. But then your life becomes a series of problems because of addiction. You are unable to quit drinking and your body goes into withdrawal when you try to stop.
There are signs of addiction to look for, that can tell you that you need help. These include:
- Serious problems in all areas of your life
- Drinking without control
- Drinking to the point of not remembering what happened
- Not keeping promises to stop drinking
- Feeling ashamed of drinking, but drinking anyway
- Needing a drink to relax or be social
- Hiding your drinking
- Lying about your drinking
- Upsetting your family with your drinking
Recognizing Your Signs of Alcohol Addiction
When you are addicted to alcohol, it may be hard for you to see the truth of your alcohol dependence. You can know you are addicted when your life seems always in chaos, everything centers around drinking and loved ones are upset by your drinking. Dependence means your body needs alcohol to function properly.
Open your eyes to these problems and you will clearly see signs of addiction:
- You need more and more alcohol to achieve the same effect
- You go into withdrawal, such as shakiness first thing in the morning or until you have a drink
- You can’t control how much you drink, even though you want to stop
- You try to quit but fail
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, one in every 12 American adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence. Whether you believe yourself to be abusing alcohol or addicted, if you cannot stop drinking you need help.
Alcohol Detox Programs Tailored to Your Unique Needs
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The decision to go into detox is a big one. This life-changing experience starts with tailoring your treatment plan into what it will take for you to gain recovery. When you complete the First Step® detox process, you can transition into a recommended facility for longer-term rehab.
When you are ready to end your alcohol addiction, you are not alone. The supportive staff of First Step® Recovery will provide the help you need. Call First Step® Recovery at 800-EZ-DETOX [800-393-3869] now.