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Not sure if you are an alcoholic?

Here’s some information that might help you better understand alcoholism. But regardless of the information below, being an alcoholic is more about how you feel after a bender, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s more about the state of affairs in your personal life, at home, at work or both. It’s what you see when you look in the mirror and listen to what that man is saying to you.

Alcoholics typically:

  • Have made attempts to control their drinking and failed
  • Are preoccupied throughout the day and/or week about drinking alcohol
  • Continue drinking alcohol despite the problems it causes

These problems include:

  • Legal problems like DUI’s, accidents and more
  • Family problems including divorce, separation, or troubled relationships with children, siblings and others
  • Work related problems including tardiness, absenteeism, poor and reduced levels of performance
  • Financial problems like maxed out credit cards, late payments and mounting unpaid bills
  • Need to drink more to get the same effect

Experience physical symptoms such as:

  • Sweats
  • Shakes
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • High blood pressure
  • Have trouble controlling how much or how long they drink
  • If you identify two or more of the above symptoms, you may be alcoholic

Periodic or Binge Drinkers

Some alcoholics are periodic or binge drinkers. Once they start, they cannot stop drinking until they pass out. Once the drinking stops, they can abstain from drinking for a short period of time; often to show others they are not alcoholic. That’s called “denial.”

Symptoms of Alcoholism

Signs and symptoms of alcoholism include:

  • Unable to limit how much alcohol is consumed in one setting
  • An urge to drink
  • Becoming more tolerant of the effect of alcohol and therefore need more
  • Drinking alone and/or in hiding
  • Physical symptoms after stopping: nausea, sweating and shaking
  • Being in a “black out” – you/they cannot remember what happened or what they said while drunk
  • Ritualistic drinking (always at the same time, same place – a routine)
  • Becoming annoyed when asked about your/their drinking
  • Becoming irritable when your normal drinking time is close and alcohol is not available
  • Hiding alcohol in places around the house, office, car, so that others don’t realize how much you/they drink
  • Needing to drink to feel normal
  • Legal problems, relationship problems, employment problems, financial problems
  • Loss of interest in things that used to be fun and bring you pleasure

Still not sure you are an alcoholic, or at least have a serious drinking problem?

Here are additional questions:

  • Do you ever have more than 4 drinks a day?
  • Do you need a drink to get going in the morning?
  • Do you feel guilty or ashamed of your behavior while drinking?
  • Do you get drunk at the wrong time?
  • Do you regret things that you said while intoxicated?
  • Are you annoyed when others question you about your drinking?

Should I call?

If you’ve gotten this far – you should probably call us . You will speak personally and privately with Admissions Director Robyn Chance by calling her directly at 888-654-2800. You may also want to look up Alcoholics Anonymous on the Internet for more information regarding alcoholism.

If someone close to you is saying your drinking is affecting him or her negatively, a confidential call to us to discuss it may be in order. Our Addiction Treatment Programs include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Meditation
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Community Model
  • Impaired Professionals Well-Being Program

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