Three Signs Your Loved One May Be an Addict
If you have known someone with an alcohol addiction, you know that it can be a debilitating, life shattering illness. While society has an almost romantic idea of alcohol mostly due to media portrayals and its ubiquitous presence in everyday society and culture, it can be just devastating as any hard drug or addictive substance, in many ways, more so. If you have been around a person who is going through alcohol withdrawal symptoms you know it is not a laughing matter. After spending years working in the bar industry I saw my share of people who had varying degrees of alcohol addiction. Below are some of the things I learned about how to help a friend or a love when enough has become enough.
Identifying Alcohol Abuse
Since alcohol is all around us it might be hard to notice the signs of alcohol abuse. Some people are more obvious than others generally alcoholics will display these certain characteristics.
- Consuming Larger Amounts of Alcohol Over time In Order to Reach Inebriation
- Having Extreme Cravings For Alcohol
- Compromising Work and Personal Obligations and Relationships Due to Alcohol
- Spending A Substantial Amount of Time Procuring or Using Alcohol
This list is not exhaustive, but if you believe that one of your loved ones might have an alcohol problem then it is time to take action.
Helping Loved Ones Understand They Have A Problem
We have all seen those shows where a troubled love one is ambushed by family and friends, but the truth is people with an addiction problem have to personally identify they have a problem and actively look for help. This is especially hard considering that mental illness and substance abuse often go hand in hand. Your job as a family member or friend is to express concern and to encourage the person to seek help for their addiction.
Researching Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers
Gone are the days of locking a person in a room as a form of alcohol detox. Keep in mind, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous even deadly. Some alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
For a person who is deep in the midst of alcohol dependency and addiction, the cold turkey method is not going to work, they need constant monitoring and health care. This is why it is so important to research the best rehab and alcohol detox centers.
Realizing it is A Long Process
There is no magic fix for addiction. Even after treatment addicts do not wake up in the morning as completely new people. It is a continual process and they are going to need your support and understanding more so than during the alcohol withdrawal symptoms, the detox, and the subsequent therapy. It is important to remember that people make mistakes, there is no such thing as clear sailing when it comes to recovery. At the same time it’s important to not enable bad habits or choices. After all, the responsibility of recovery solely rests on the shoulders of the person with the addiction.
There are no easy answers and every person’s situation is different. If you think you or one of your loved ones might have an addiction problem consult a health professional.