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It’s extremely difficult for someone to know whether or not they’re suffering from alcoholism. Alcohol has been the one substance that people have been using for thousands of years. Most people never have an issue with it. In most countries, alcohol is perfectly legal to buy as long as you’re of legal drinking age. People may think that if it’s legal there’s nothing wrong buying and drinking alcohol. Even those who are drinking every night may not believe they have a problem. It’s true that just because a person is a nightly drinker doesn’t always mean they have a problem, but it’s important to know what alcoholism is so you can get help if you need it.
Alcohol is used for a variety of reasons. Young people in high school and college begin drinking because they go to parties and it helps them loosen up and have fun. Even though it’s illegal for people in the United States to drink under the age of 21, not all young people who enjoy partying have a drinking problem. Others drink as a social lubricant when they go out with coworkers or friends. Alcohol is also often consumed at work parties or family gatherings. There are those who are drinking every night because they work long hours or at a stressful job, and having a glass of wine, a beer or even a cocktail may help them relax at the end of the day.
One of the reasons people are unable to spot their own alcoholism is because they don’t understand what alcoholism is. Someone who is drinking every night may only be a hard drinker. A hard drinker is someone who drinks heavily on a regular basis, but they’re able to stop when certain situations demand it. If the person begins having problems at work or at home because of their drinking, they’re able to stop or moderate their drinking. Sometimes those who drink every night begin to have health issues, but they’re able to cut back or quit after a medical warning. Someone with alcoholism is incapable of doing this.
Alcoholism can be summed up as two primary symptoms – a mental obsession and a physical craving. Someone with alcoholism who is drinking every night loses the power of choice. This means they can’t stop even when their life is becoming unmanageable. Once they have one drink, a physical craving kicks in where they have to have another one, and they often don’t know when they’re going to stop because they’ve lost control. The obsession to continue drinking makes the person extremely irrational, which can result in troubles at home or issues with their job because they can’t stop.
Beaches Recovery has helped many people who suffer from alcoholism, but the process starts with you. In order to get the help you need, you must first come to terms with the fact that there is a problem. In treatment, we’ll help you understand the disease of alcoholism and how your mind and body react differently when you take that first drink. Understanding how the disease of addiction works helps people become more accepting of the fact that they’ve lost control of their alcohol consumption.
In treatment, you’ll go through a variety of different therapies where we’ll help you get down to the causes and conditions of your drinking. Once we’re able to uncover what’s leading you to drink every night, we can help you learn alternatives to dealing with stress, depression, anger and any other issues that may be leading to your drinking. If your drinking problem has become an issue and causing you distress, you can get the help you need at Beaches Recovery. Call 866-605-0532 to talk to one of our compassionate and experienced counselors.