Are you wondering if you have a problem with alcohol? Do you know the signs of alcohol abuse and alcoholism?

Signs of alcohol abuse 

So, what are the symptoms of alcohol abuse or alcoholism? The following are signs of alcohol abuse and addiction:

  • You need to drink more to reach the same buzz
  • You are preoccupied with alcohol
  • You drink even when alcohol threatens your health
  • Alcohol is more important to you than your family or friends
  • You still drink even when it causes problems with your job, home, or school
  • You continue to drink while doing unsafe things such as driving, unprotected sex or have physical altercations
  • Experience withdrawals when the alcohol wears off

If you experience any or more than one of these signs, you have a problem with alcohol. 

Getting help

For most people, wanting to quit isn’t enough. They need help. 

Getting the help you need does not have to be costly or hard. Here are some tips to help you find the right treatment plan and center for you. 

  • Look at the length of time the center has been in business, the ones who have been around the longest will have the best record for treatment
  • Check out the treatment plans and ask that they explain them to you
  • Ask if they use medications 
  • If they guarantee success, you should probably look elsewhere success is one day at a time and requires significant effort on your part
  • Check the cost, do not equate luxury with success or quality, nor take the cheapest. 
  • Check with your health insurance if you have any to see what they will cover 
  • Finally, visit the center and take a tour

One other thing you will need to decide is whether you wish to be close to home or far away. If you truly desire to quit, there is a treatment plan that can help you. 

The treatment plan should include teaching you tools that help you reduce your risk of relapse. They should also help you understand the underlying issues that cause you to need to drink so much. 

Some of the underlying issues are:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Mental health issues such as depression or bipolar
  • Social awkwardness
  • Stress and anxiety

Having any of these underlying issues does not mean you cannot achieve recovery and maintain it. Yes, each day, you have to work at sustaining your recovery and not taking a drink, but the longer you go, the better you will physically feel. 

449 Recovery offers a constantly watched detox program. It is our goal to help each client achieve and maintain their recovery. Call us today (855) 435-7449 to learn more about our treatment plans, which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, individual and group therapy, family therapy, and more. 449 Recovery provides a safe, clean space that encourages recovery and helps clients learn the tools they need to address their stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, and other issues that could cause a relapse in their recovery.