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The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge it, and this is true with dealing with alcoholic symptoms. Many people never get the help they desperately need for alcoholism because they can’t admit there’s a problem. Part of the reason for this is because of the lack of education about what alcoholism looks like. Whether you have a problem or you believe a loved one has a problem, understanding the symptoms may help you.
Alcoholism is probably the most difficult form of addiction to spot because alcohol is a legal substance used everywhere. From the time that you’re of legal drinking age, you can buy alcohol just about anywhere you want. The reality is that most people begin drinking alcohol before the legal drinking age, which is somewhat normal. The problem with this is people don’t know how to spot alcoholism when they cross that invisible line.
Most people drink alcohol regularly for a wide range of different reasons like trying to unwind after a stressful day at work. College students are known to drink heavily after finals are over or before a big game. Some people simply drink when they go out with friends because it helps them loosen up and relax a little. Unfortunately, due to how acceptable drinking alcohol is, there are many people who don’t see the symptoms of abuse.
Some of the early signs of alcoholism and include:
The key sign to look for is whether you have an alcohol dependence or not, and this is easy to spot. Alcoholic symptoms of withdrawal can happen within hours of your last drink, and they’re worse than a hangover. Some of the symptoms can be body tremors, nausea, and anxiety. The first step towards dealing with your alcoholism is by going through a safe, medical detox process.
Beaches Recovery partners with a local alcohol detox facility that will help you through these first stages of recovery. Detox is important because those who try to quit cold turkey are at a high risk of relapse and severe withdrawal symptoms. With the proper detox process, you know that you’ll be safe as well as comfortable the entire time. Once the detoxification process is complete, you will begin creating a foundation for your recovery.
Overcoming the physical dependence is only a very small step towards achieving long-term recovery in your life. The primary issue with alcoholism is that your brain has developed compulsive behaviors and cravings for alcohol. When you have alcoholism, your brain uses a variety of different triggers to try to draw you towards drinking. At Beaches Recovery, we work with you to teach you how to change your thoughts and behaviors.
Long-term recovery is dependent upon healing the brain and replacing old, negative behaviors with new ones. While you’re in treatment at Beaches Recovery, we’ll work with you to figure out what your different triggers are. From here, we can provide you with specific tools to overcome these triggers and prevent relapse. We do this through a wide range of individual as well as group sessions so you get the best treatment possible.
The biggest mistake people make when it comes to trying to get sober and staying sober is trying to rush the process. Think about how long your alcoholism has been in control of your life. That points to how severe your dependency is. Beaches Recovery offers multiple levels of care like PHP, IOP, OP and sober living to help strengthen your recovery. When you maximize your length of stay, you have more time to focus on healing your mind and staying sober.
Beaches Recovery works with a wide range of insurance companies from BCBS, to Humana, to UnitedHealthcare. Call us today at 866-605-0532 to find out how we can help you begin your new life.