Signs of Alcohol Addiction and Best Recovery Solutions

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Alcohol is a socially accepted drug, so, it can be very hard to recognize a substance abuse problem, especially when it comes to people who live seemingly normal lives.

Nonetheless, alcohol addiction is a very serious psychological problem, and it is important to recognize its symptoms from the start, before the addiction becomes chronical.

In the following lines, we will discuss the main symptoms of alcohol addiction as well as some efficient treatment options.

Common symptoms

If you suspect yourself or a loved one to suffer from alcohol addiction, check for the following warning signs:
  1. Direct impact on daily activities – Frequent drinking or the after effects of alcohol consumption impacts a person’s work, school or other personal activities.
  2. Cravings – Whether they have a psychological or a psychical nature, alcohol cravings are a sign of trouble, especially if they occur in situations that wouldn’t normally call for alcohol consumption.
  3. Personal life impact – When alcohol consumption starts affecting a person’s relationships with their family and friends, it is definitely time to take some action.
  4. Routine changes– When a person’s starts giving up on their hobbies and daily tasks in order to indulge in alcohol consumption, they need to reevaluate their life choices.
  5. Risky situations – This can include anything from drunk driving, to getting in fights or doing other dangerous activities while intoxicated.
  6. Inability to stop drinking – If a person notices the negative impact of drinking in their life, but they are still unable to stop drinking, then they might need professional help.
  7. Withdrawal symptoms – Most alcoholics suffer from a psychological addiction, but chronic alcoholics also have a physical addiction and if they don’t drink, they can experience numerous withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, nausea, shakiness, anxiety, depression or irritability.
  8. Blackouts – A person who suffers from frequent blackouts while intoxicated is definitely an addict.
  9. Building up an alcohol tolerance – When you start needing more alcohol than you used to in order to achieve the desired intoxication effects, it might be time to take a break from drinking.
  10. Legal and financial issues – It is not uncommon for alcoholics to drink themselves to bankruptcy and to have conflicts with the law while intoxicated.
  11. Defending the addiction – When one starts lying or becomes defensive or paranoid at the mere mention or alcohol addiction, they might need an intervention.

The right steps to recovery

  • Acceptance – Most alcoholics have a hard time recognizing their problems, so they need to be confronted about them, ideally by the people they most care about. However, keep in mind that many alcoholics are prone to violence and addiction. So, if you suspect a loved one is an alcoholic, consider their temper before confronting them. An intervention with several friends and family members might be a safer option.
  • Enrolling in a recovery program – Once a person accepts their addiction, it is time to start seeking some help. People who don’t suffer from chronic addictions can find it easy to recover through 12 step programs at local AA communities. For patients with intensive recovery needs, you might want to consider a recovery clinic with programs that include part time and full-time hospitalization. We recommend Nexus Recovery Services, as they have a wide range of programs, suitable for different stages of the recovery program.
  • Returning to the community – After completing a recovery program, a former alcoholic can have a hard time adjusting to their former life. However, this reintegration can be more comfortable and less risky if they join an aftercare program.
  • Staying on tracks – There is never a definitive moment when a former alcoholic is truly safe from their former addiction. You can complete a recovery program, you can be sober for many years in a row, and you can still relapse the moment that you reach for “just one glass”. Fighting alcohol addiction is a lifetime commitment, but if you find a strong motivation, and you take it one day at a time, eventually the addiction will become but a distant memory.

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