If You Think You Might Have a Problem With Alcoholism, Take Our Quiz
Alcohol Abuse Disorder (AUD) is an often overlooked diseases because consuming alcohol is generally socially acceptable, legal, and easy to access. Unfortunately, many people abuse alcohol frequently, which can result in developing a dangerous dependency on the substance.
If people addicted to alcohol stop drinking, they begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, that can include anxiety, depression, insomnia, sweating, and nausea. These symptoms can be hard to manage and cause people to turn back to drinking to compensate.
While experiencing alcohol abuse symptoms represents the main issue with problem drinking, other signs may also indicate a problem.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab today at 877.969.1993 to learn how we can help.
If you believe that you or someone close to you may have a drinking problem, there are ways to help you realize if there is a problem or not. If you wonder if your drinking has spiraled out of control, answer the following questions to gain a better understanding:
- When you drink, do you continue to drink and end up consuming more alcohol than you intended to?
- Have you attempted to quit drinking in the past but failed?
- Do you crave alcohol to the point where it consumes your mind?
- Do you call in sick to work or miss out on obligations due to your drinking?
- Has your drinking impacted your personal and family relationships?
- Have you forgone former hobbies and activities you once enjoyed due to your drinking?
- Does your drinking put you in risky or life-threatening situations?
- Has your drinking caused health issues?
- Have you built a high tolerance due to your frequency of drinking?
- Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you are not drinking?
- Do you consume alcohol every single day without fail?
If you answered ‘yes’ to more than half of the above questions, you might be on the path toward alcohol abuse or alcoholism. Despite being on a worrisome track, treatment and help is available for those willing to confront their issues.
Find Treatment for Alcohol Abuse at WhiteSands
Our treatment programs can help you make a full recovery if you struggle with an alcohol abuse problem. For addicts with a severe drinking habit, a medical detox period is essential as the first phase of treatment. Here, the individual will be effectively weaned off alcohol in a controlled and monitored environment while having access to 24/7 medical care. Our registered nurses will check up on patients every few hours to ensure that the detox is going smoothly and that the patient is comfortable.
The detox drugs patients will be administered throughout the medical detox phase are designed to help mitigate withdrawal symptoms. When symptoms are lessened, patients can better focus on their recovery because they are physically stabilized. The detox period can last between five to ten days, and once this is complete, they will continue on to inpatient treatment at our facilities.
The Negative Effects of Drinking
Not only does drinking negatively affect your social relationships and put your career at risk, but it also has detrimental effects on your health, happiness, and overall well-being. Alcoholism entails a chronic and relapsing disease requiring constant work, management, and dedication to sustain sobriety.
Since alcohol affects the central nervous system, individuals will experience slurred speech, lack of coordination, dizziness, and cognitive impairment. Long-term drinking can permanently damage the liver and the brain cells, causing sustained memory issues, which can be irreversible.
There are also many mental health effects of drinking alcohol to excess, such as:
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts
Alcoholism is a relentless disease that does not discriminate against anyone. If you notice that a loved one is experiencing alcohol abuse tendencies or is a full-on alcoholic, they need immediate help. Contact WhiteSands Treatment today to speak with an intake specialist and learn how to take the next steps toward getting treatment for your alcohol abuse problem.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.