What is alcoholism? Defined, alcoholism is an addiction to the consumption of alcohol or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency. Alcoholism is a progressive disease that causes a tremendous amount of problems in the abusers life. Below are a list of signs and symptoms of alcoholism:
- Drinking more than you intended to– An example would be after work you went to have one beer and go home. Only to find that three hours later you had already drank more than one and hadn’t gone home yet.
- “Blacking Out”- Loss of memory of things that happened while drinking.
- Neglecting Life’s Responsibilities– Examples being, not showing up for work, failing grades in school, neglecting your family, financial problems due to drinking alcohol.
- Legal Problems– Driving under the influence, drunk and disorderly charges, assault and domestic violence charges due to drinking.
- Increased Tolerance to Alcohol– Having to consume more and more alcohol over time to achieve the desired effect.
- Withdrawal Symptoms– When you don’t have alcohol in your system, certain physical problems arise. You can have any or all of the following: Anxiety, shaking, sweating, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, depression and irritability.
- Trying to Quit on Your Own– If you have tried to quit drinking on your own, making resolutions not to drink too much, changing what kind of alcohol to drink and being unsuccessful.
Treatment for Alcoholism
If you, a loved one, a co-worker, or anyone else would like to stop drinking and find they can’t do it on their own, the first step has been taken. This simple admission of being unable to stop on your own can be one of the most difficult things to do. All that remains after this is to ask for help and accept that help!
From your first phone call to our Admissions Specialists at Clearbrook Treatment Centers, a plan is set in place immediately for the person suffering from alcoholism. The information our staff will gather from you will be compiled and relayed to our Clinical Team. This practice allows for our counselors to craft early treatment plans for our patients and start effectively helping and guiding them from the moment they arrive at Clearbrook.
Please click here to learn more about Clearbrook Manor, our alcohol treatment center.