Alcoholism can be a difficult form of addiction to spot in someone you care for. Unlike street drugs, it is a legal substance and one that forms part of celebrations with family and friends. It can be very difficult to tell the difference between someone who is simply enjoying him or herself and a person who may have slipped into a dependency on alcohol.
If you are dealing with a person who is an alcoholic, a pattern will develop over time. He or she will find it more difficult to hide his or her dependency on alcohol from family and friends. Other people may become aware of the issue before the alcoholic is willing to admit there is a problem. Some signs that may signal a problem would include:
- Drinking to excess
- Persistent use of alcohol even when the person knows that it is causing a problem
- Neglect of work, social, or family-related activities because of alcohol use
- Large amounts of time spent on buying, consuming and recovering from alcohol use
- The person experiences withdrawal symptoms when he or she stops drinking
Effective Treatment for Alcoholism
It can be challenging to convince someone who has developed a dependency on alcohol that he or her she needs treatment, but the first step in getting help is to admit that there is a problem. Addiction is an equal-opportunity disease and it has no respect for age, marital status, religion, race, or any of the other superficial things we use to convince ourselves that certain groups are different from us.
The first step in getting help for alcoholism is to call the alcohol hotline. You’ll be connected to a recovery specialist who can answer your questions about a 28-day treatment program. The first stage of treatment is detoxification, or detox. The client must be freed from the physical effects of alcohol. This stage is supervised by experienced, caring staff.
The next stage of treatment involves tackling the issues that led to the addiction and learning new coping skills for a sober lifestyle. By going to a treatment facility, a client can focus his or her attention on getting well, without the distractions of everyday life or the temptations that may make it easy to slip back into using alcohol as easily. Treatment will include a combination of the following:
- Process group sessions
- One-one-one meeting with an alcohol counselor
- Individual therapy sessions
- Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
- Educational group meetings
Get Help for Alcoholism Now
You don’t have to wait one more day to find out about treatment options available for someone you love. Caring, confidential help is available at Above It All Treatment Center right now. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. Taking that first step is easy, and you’ll be glad you reached out to us.