Though not everyone with alcoholism behaves in the same manner, there are several indicators to look for if you suspect you or a loved one has an addiction to or dependency on alcohol.
Missing work, school or appointments repeatedly
Poor job, school or personal performance
Becoming defensive when asked about drinking
Hiding alcohol or lying about drinking
Being unable to control amount of drinking
Requiring a drink in the morning to get the day started
Continuing to drink even when alcohol has caused relationship, work, legal and other personal problems
What to Do
Many people who suffer from alcoholism must completely abstain from alcohol. It helps to have a strong support system for guidance during this difficult transition. Avoiding situations and events where drinking is likely to occur (parties, bars, etc.) is a major step towards recovery.
Those who have developed a physical dependency on alcohol are at risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms which can be painful and perhaps life-threatening. These situations are best dealt with under the care and supervision of a qualified health care provider.
After taking the initial steps to stop alcoholism, there are many options for ongoing support. Counseling, therapy and support groups are hugely beneficial in maintaining one’s sobriety. Call our hotline for more information today.