Unfortunately, with such acceptance, many people may not even know they have a problem with alcohol or may delay seeking treatment because they do not think their addiction is severe enough to warrant help. Therefore, knowing the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction and how to get help are essential in order to move in the direction of sobriety and well-being.
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Signs and Symptoms that Rehab is Needed for Alcohol Addiction
Because alcohol is everywhere and it is used for many social occasions, many people may think they are just participating in what culture defines as “socially acceptable” behavior. However, this can only mask a real issue at hand for so long. Eventually, people with an addiction to alcohol may feel themselves gravitating towards alcohol even without having anything to celebrate or when they are alone. In order to get help, the first step is admitting there is a problem.
Here are some signs that you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to alcohol:
- Losing interest in things you once enjoyed
- Hiding alcohol
- Drinking alone
- Extreme mood swings and irritability
- Feelings of guilt when drinking
- Drinking first thing in the morning
- Inability to think of anything other than drinking
- Continuing to drink despite health, financial, and family problems
- Inability to stop or regulate the amount of alcohol consumed
- Friends and family are concerned about the individual’s well-being
Some physical, and more obvious signs of alcohol abuse, include:
- Tremors that improve after drinking has stopped
- Chronic bloodshot eyes or watery eyes
- Slurred speech
- Alcohol odor on breath or skin
- Heavy perspiration, even without physical activity
- Loss of motor coordination or balance
- Frequent complaints of nausea, heartburn, or stomach pain
These are only a few signs and many people may differ in the way they display their addiction to alcohol, however, this list is a launching pad to looking at oneself and a possible addiction. It is important that when considering if you or a loved one has an addiction to alcohol that there is great honesty involved. There is no shame in having an addiction, instead, there is great strength in admitting you need help. Thousands of people battle addiction daily and thousands seek help for it. The key is just to start moving in the right direction with treatment.
Alcohol Treatment Options at our Austin, Texas Rehab Center
Opioid addiction can cause serious life-threatening health problems, and as such, it is essential that one does not attempt to quit using opioids cold-turkey. Thus, seeking the help of a medical professional is vital in ensuring that the user detoxes safely, mitigating unpleasurable withdrawal symptoms.
There are many treatment options and programs available to someone who has an alcohol abuse disorder. Some of these options include:
- Inpatient treatment– with inpatient treatment, a person is provided for with a room, food, and program activities, such as individual and group therapy. This type of treatment is typically the most beneficial and has the greatest success rate because it takes all temptations of using alcohol out-of-the-picture so that the person can focus solely on their recovery. Recovery programs can typically last anywhere from 30-90 days depending on the level of severity of addiction.
- Outpatient treatment– this type of treatment involves going to an alcohol treatment facility during scheduled appointments a few times a week and then return home later that day. They are still provided with intensive treatment like inpatient treatment offers, including therapy, however, due to certain circumstances, may not be able to stay for inpatient treatment.
- Sober living– sober living is a great way to transition from treatment to day-to-day living. After receiving the treatment needed for the individual, he/she may decide to live in a house with other people in recovery. This helps the person have accountability while being able to leave the house and do regular, daily activities.
- Aftercare– programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are a great way to maintain long-term sobriety by providing a supportive atmosphere and step work (the 12 step program). The 12 steps in AA have been proven to be extremely beneficial in keeping someone sober.
Why Rehab is important for Alcohol Addiction
Because detoxing off alcohol can cause unpleasant, or even fatal (when alcohol abuse is severe) withdrawal symptoms, it is best to seek help with a medical professional or enter an inpatient/outpatient alcohol treatment center. At Infinite Recovery in Austin, Texas, we understand that alcohol abuse can stem from many things, including: trauma, genetics, and co-occurring disorders (eating disorders, depression, anxiety, etc.). As such, we make sure to treat not only the alcohol addiction, but the root of the addiction, as well. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, the time to get help is now. Please reach out to us and we would love to answer any questions you have and help set you on the path of sobriety you deserve.