Substance abuse can cause many problems in daily life, whether a person is aware of it or not. Whether it’s you or a loved one who is concerned about drinking habits, recognizing the signs can increase one’s chances of seeking treatment before it’s too late. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a medical diagnosis that is considered a chronic, relapsing brain disease involving compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over the amount of alcohol consumed, and a negative emotional state when not drinking or intoxicated. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly 16 million people in the United States have an AUD. To assess whether you may have an AUD, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you tried to stop or cut down on drinking, but couldn’t?
- Do you experience strong urges to drink?
- Have you needed to drink more to get the same effect you used to with just one drink?
- When drinking, have you gotten into situations that placed yours and others’ safety at risk?
- Have you continued to drink, despite the trouble it’s caused in other areas of your life?
- Have you cut back on activities that were once important to you so that you could drink instead?
- When the effects of alcohol have worn off, have you experienced withdrawal symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, shakiness, anxiety, irritability, depression, nausea, sweating, etc.?
If you answered yes to any of these symptoms, it could be a sign that you or a loved one has an AUD. This does not mean that all hope is lost, however. In fact, this is a hopeful sign that a person can begin treatment – leading them on the road to recovery. Treatment typically begins with detoxification, a painful but much needed process in which the body naturally dispels all the toxins acquired throughout the time a person engaged in harmful drinking behaviors. From there, a person may want to go through an inpatient, residential treatment program to develop the tools they need to take back control over their life.
Don’t wait any longer to seek help. Recovery is possible, and thousands of people have moved on to a happier, healthier life.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.