Many people enjoy a drink without it leading to an Addiction. People who have developed a more serious problem with alcohol use may shy away from thinking of themselves as addicts; after all, alcohol is a legal substance and readily available to adults.
What is Alcohol Addiction?
The line between having a few drinks as part of a social experience and having an addiction to alcoholic beverages comes down to whether drinking is something you ‘have’ to do as opposed to something that you ‘want’ to do. Someone who enjoys a drink controls their drinking and in the case of an alcoholic, the drinking controls them.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Signs that your use of alcohol may have moved from social drinking to an addiction include:
- An increased tolerance for alcohol
- Difficulty in stopping drinking even when you want to
- Withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking
- Spending a lot of time thinking about alcohol, drinking alcohol , or recovering from a bout of drinking
- Relationship difficulties, job loss, financial difficulties and yet continuing to drink anyway
Causes of Alcohol Addiction
There are several reasons why someone may become addicted to alcohol.
- The alcoholic may be looking for the ‘high’ that drinking gives them and must continue to drink larger amounts to recreate that experience.
- Some people with an Alcohol Addiction problem may be looking for a way to block out dealing with stress, personal issues, or emotional pain.
- The hereditary factor – It’s no surprise that alcoholism tends to run in families.
Complications and Long Term Effects of Alcohol Addiction
If someone continues to use alcohol to excess for an extended amount of time they are running the risk of:
- Developing Cirrhosis of the Liver
- Memory loss
- Drinking more than a moderate amount has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke
Help and Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
The first step in getting sober is to seek help. By choosing to go into a Rehab Clinic you will be in a safe environment cared for24/7 by Professional Therapists and Consultants who will guide you towards recovery with an individual treatment programme.
If you have been drinking for some time, it is likely you will go through physical withdrawal symptoms when you are not drinking alcohol. These symptoms may include hallucinations, headaches, seizures, shaking, and vomiting. Going through medically-supervised Detox is the first step, since you need to rid your body of alcohol before you can move forward to understanding and dealing with your addiction in the rehabilitation stage.
An effective programme will look at your behaviours around drinking but importantly, it will also examine and address the underlying psychological factors that influence these behaviours.
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