“I am too young to be an alcoholic.” “I’m not homeless and don’t sleep under a bridge.” “I only drink on weekends.”
We have heard young people utter these lines time and time again. It is, often times, hard for someone between the ages of 18-30 to believe that they are alcoholic. What happens is they are taking societies view and beliefs of what an alcoholic is. Many believe that you have to be totally down and out and lost everything to be an alcoholic. That you don’t have a home or a job anymore. That you drink cheap wine out of a brown paper bag as you wear your trench coat and hide your face. We are here to tell you that a lot of the beliefs and the defining characteristics people use of who is and who isn’t an alcoholic are just that, they are myths.
Many people in this very vulnerable age bracket began their drinking as young as 13-14 years old. They tell stories of how their drinking started during the weekends while they were in high school. Then as their lives progressed into their college years they began to feel the physical and mental symptoms that scream the signs of alcoholism. They tell us that in the mornings they begin to have the “shakes.” That their anxiety levels are through the roof. They are missing classes. They’re changing their friends. Calls and visits to family become less and less. Grades and/or performance at work are starting to go downhill. They try different methods of controlling their drinking and drug use. If you witness any of the above circumstances happening to a loved one, they need help.
At Clearbrook Manor we have been treating the disease of alcoholism for more than 40 years. Most times a medical alcohol detox is needed. Alcohol is among the most dangerous drugs to come off of. It is also, in some cases fatal if it is not done by medical professionals. After detox, a treatment program for alcohol or an alcohol rehab (as many refer to it as) is needed.