Addiction to alcohol isn’t something that a lot of people like to talk about. More probably, they will refer to the individual as a “party animal” or “lush”, or simply focus on that person’s fondness for a certain alcoholic beverage. Few people are willing to admit to alcoholism because it seems overly severe to apply to how they consume their beverages. However, you are least likely to recognize alcoholism if it is something that you currently struggle with. But don’t let the harsh images painted by others make you fearful or feel ashamed. There is hope for you. Taking a treatment program at a substance abuse facility will help you to overcome your addiction and pass on to a brighter future.
Scientifically, alcoholism is a disease and you should try to treat it as such. No matter whether you have personally struggled with this addiction or have watched someone you cared about suffer, you know how hard it can be to conquer.
Alcoholism isn’t always easy to diagnose. It could take months and sometimes years for the actions, symptoms and effects of this disease to catch up to you. The National council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence created a quiz to help you determine whether you or someone you love has tendencies that match the tendencies of alcoholism:
Do you often fail to keep commitments you make to yourself about keeping your drinking habits under control?
Do you have additional family, school, work or financial problems due to your drinking?
Are you often drunk for several days at a stretch?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is possible that you are abusing alcohol. It is understandable that accepting a diagnosis of alcoholism or being told that you have a drinking problem is difficult to face. Don’t feel alone as you wander through this dark valley. Most of those suffering from alcoholism start in firm denial. If you are watching a loved one go through this, fear not, as this is typical behavior.
Drug detox clinics can help you to ease out of your alcohol usage and get you sober again. The staff at Texas Alcohol Consulting are caring and professional and will make your treatment as smooth as possible.