When Should You Consider Rehab for Alcohol Addiction?

In a study from 2016, 15.1 million Americans aged 12 and older reported struggling with an alcohol use disorder (alcohol addiction). Sometimes the line between casual drinking and excessive alcohol use is easy to discern. In other cases, that line is blurred.

If you’re struggling with an alcohol abuse issue and notice these 10 signs in yourself, you may need to enroll in alcohol rehab.

1. Your Drinking Is Considered Excessive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines excessive alcohol use as consuming more than fifteen drinks per week for men or eight drinks per week for women.

2. You Experience Frequent Memory Loss From Drinking

People who have a healthy relationship with alcohol generally do not experience memory loss from drinking. Binge drinking, defined as greater than or equal to five drinks for men or four drinks for women during a short period, is associated with many health problems. Binge drinking leads to obesity and a fatty liver, and can even result in the inability of the brain to form new memories.

3. Other People Have Expressed Concern About Your Drinking

Another indication that you may have an alcohol use disorder is that your friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances have all expressed concerns about your health and safety.

4. You’ve Physically Hurt Yourself or Other People

Alcohol has negative effects on both your body and brain. Chronic alcohol use is accompanied by volume reductions in brain cells. Alcohol inhibits your frontal lobe, a brain region that regulates personality formation and self-control. Changes that are partially reversible following abstinence.

Signs that alcohol use has become out of control include a higher frequency of falls, injuries, or physical alterations while drinking. Excessive alcohol use leads to approximately 88,000 deaths in the United States each year.

5. You Are Missing Out on Important Life Events

As drinking becomes a greater priority, important relationships begin to suffer. If drinking has become one of the priorities in your life, chances are you may have missed certain events where your presence was needed. Whether it’s your child’s athletic game, a wedding, a work event or a gathering of friends, missing these events could signal that you may need treatment.

6. You Experience Negative Consequences of Your Actions

Experiencing negative consequences as a result of drinking is a clear sign that your drinking habits may be worrisome. Heavy alcohol use is a trigger for impulsive behavior.

Consequences can range from trouble with family and friends to problems involving the criminal and judicial systems. Alcohol is involved in 40% of all violent crimes.

7. You Neglect Responsibilities

As drinking takes hold of your life, responsibilities often become sidetracked. You may neglect customary lifestyle habits such as your hygiene and appearance. Even healthy eating and sleeping habits can be affected. These changes will negatively affect your overall health.

If alcohol and drinking have reached a point in your life in which primary responsibilities cannot be completed, you may need to think about alcohol addiction treatment.

8. Feeling the Need to Lie

If you feel the need to lie about or cover up how much you drink, how often you drink, or to what degree, this may signal the established pattern of worrisome drinking.

9. Avoiding Family and Friends

Isolation is a universal sign that you’ve made alcohol a top priority in your life. Addiction can lead us to feel the need to drink in private, even to feel like nobody understands us. The reality is, if your drinking has reached this point, you may need professional help. People do understand you and want to help. Treatment for alcoholism is available, and it can help you get your life back. You are not alone in this.

10. You’ve Tried to Quit Drinking But Couldn’t

Trying to quit but being unsuccessful isn’t a sign of failure. It demonstrates a willingness to get help. If you’ve tried to quit on your own but haven’t been able to, alcohol addiction treatment is a great option for you.

Acknowledging these signs in your life may be scary and overwhelming at first, but it’s important to be aware of what an unhealthy relationship with alcohol looks like. You have the power to get the help you need. Seeking help and guidance doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means you’re brave enough to know you need it.

Want to know for sure if you or a loved one needs help for alcoholism?  Take our alcohol assessment. To speak with someone immediately about getting rehab for alcohol abuse, call The Recovery Village today. Your call is free and confidential, and there’s no obligation to commit to a program.

    

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