People drink alcohol for many reasons—to socialize, or relax—and it’s not always a bad thing. However, when you start drinking too much or too often, or come to depend on using alcohol to self-soothe depression, anxiety, other serious mental health disorders, it can become a problem.
Alcoholism is a substance use disorder, so it can range from mild to moderate to severe. It is defined by an increased tolerance to the type and amount of alcohol consumed, and withdrawal symptoms when someone stops using alcohol. Alcoholism is a family disease that affects family members and loved ones, not just the person who is having a problem with an alcohol addiction.
Alcohol addiction treatment at Our Solutions emphasizes evidence-based treatment with trauma therapy and a 12-step approach. Many times, alcoholics have given up hope. We help clients see that they are not the thoughts and feelings within their heads – they are a soul with a purpose and a calling. When they see they have a purpose, they transform. To this end, we honor the vast history of eclectic spiritual teachings that shed light onto the nature of existence and helps to identify a purpose in life.
Signs of Alcoholism or Alcohol Abuse
There are definitive signs of alcoholism or alcohol abuse. Symptoms of dependence or withdrawal are red flags, as these are the two defining aspects of a substance use disorder. If you are questioning whether you might have a problem with alcohol, here are five questions you can ask yourself:
- Do you need to drink more to get drunk (or as drunk as you want or need), and experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use alcohol?
- Do you hide your drinking, or would you rather drink alone?
- Do you use drugs or alcohol, even if your use has resulted in negative health, professional, or social consequences?
- Have you had memory loss, blackouts, or engaged in other risky behavior while seeking or using alcohol?
- Have you lost interest in other things, like hobbies or relationships, outside of your drinking?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or recognize any of these signs of alcoholism, you have come to the right place. Seeking help for drug addiction can be scary, but Our Solutions’ experienced, caring staff is here to help.
Effects of Alcoholism or Alcohol Abuse
Alcoholism can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Health-related effects of alcohol addiction can include cirrhosis of the liver, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, anemia, depression, seizures, pancreatitis, and other gastrointestinal distress. Even if a person has been abusing alcohol for only a short time, it can cause irreparable damage to bodily organs. Alcoholism can also affect the mind—depression and other psychological issues can be caused or exacerbated by excessive drinking. Finally, since Our Solutions believes alcoholism to be a family disease, it can negatively affect not just the person drinking, but his or her family members, loved ones, and friends.
When to Seek Treatment for Alcoholism or Alcohol Abuse
If you think you or a family member is suffering from alcoholism or alcohol abuse, and is showing signs and effects of a substance use disorder, it is time to contact Our Solutions for a treatment consultation. All communications are confidential.