When a person has an alcohol abuse problem, it involves much more than just drinking. Any substance use disorder also ingrains various negative attitudes, feelings, and actions that are far from healthy.
While the first step in recovery from alcoholism is to put down the drink, doing so is only meant to be a starting point. There must also be a willingness to break free from the negative thinking and often dangerous behavior that accompanies alcohol abuse. For those in recovery, there is a real danger of becoming a dry drunk.
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What is a Dry Drunk?
A dry drunk is essentially someone who has stopped drinking but has not done much else in the way of recovery. In other words, the negative thoughts are still there as is the old behavioral patterns that led to drinking in the first place. There probably is not much, if any, inner peace and contentment with life. In fact, now that alcohol is gone and no longer available as a coping mechanism, life could be much more difficult than it was before.
Signs That You Are Suffering From Dry Drunk Syndrome
It can be tempting to point out to naysayers that all is well and good in your life since you have put down the drink, but your attitude and behavior might prove otherwise. A person who has a problem with alcohol is often under tremendous pressure, both internally and externally, to make a change. Unfortunately, just eliminating alcohol from the equation is not enough. A few of the signs that you are suffering from is called “dry drunk syndrome” include:
- You have a low tolerance for stress and may become upset when things do not go according to your plans.
- You think of yourself as self-confident, but it turns out to be an abundance of pride that prevents you from asking for help.
- You feel sorry for yourself to the point of placing blame on others for your problems.
- You continue to engage in unhealthy behaviors, possibly turning to other addictions such as food, gambling, or shopping.
- You make poor choices in your personal and professional life, either being dishonest or immoral with your behaviors.
- You tell others that you are happy with your life the way that it is when this is not the case.
- You remove yourself from society by isolating from family and friends.
- You only remember the good things about drinking and not the consequences that alcohol abuse brought to your life.
Overcoming Dry Drunk Syndrome With the Help of Addiction Treatment
Not only is being a dry drunk an unhappy existence for you and just about everyone in your path but it is also a sure road to relapse. If you put down the drink and are miserable, there is a better than good chance that you will end up drinking again, which is dangerous for any alcoholic.
The best way to avoid dry drunk syndrome and relapse is to make some fundamental changes in your life, which takes time, effort, and commitment. A comprehensive alcohol addiction treatment program can help you begin the journey to recovery with counseling, therapy, and the establishment of new coping skills. You will emerge with the tools to re-engage as a productive member of society and learn how to build a strong support network. Freedom from alcohol is not meant to be painful. Contact The Recovery Village now to learn about admissions and get help on the road to real recovery from alcohol abuse and its effects.