Have you started to realize that maybe you have been drinking a little too much lately? Maybe, your recent drinking has seemed like fun and games. Still, you might find yourself wondering if things might be getting a little out of hand. If those kinds of thoughts are crossing your mind, you might want to start paying attention. It could be common sense telling you that something is amiss. For a lot of alcohol drinkers, it’s about getting caught up in the moment.
They seldom take a moment to contemplate where too much drinking might lead. Have you given any thought to what might happen in your life if you continue to let your drinking be too big a part of your life? It’s important to note there is nothing wrong with someone having a drink or sharing a bottle of wine with someone. Having an occasional drink is one of the benefits of being an adult. Unfortunately, there are people who are prone to addictive behaviors. These are often people with underlying personal issues who are looking for ways to escape their unhappiness.
Is it possible you are one of those people? For people who are vulnerable to addictive behavior, drinking can be destructive. It might not seem that way in the early stages of alcohol abuse, but the tide can turn awfully quickly. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you just how bad your alcohol abuse can get. If it leads to full-blown alcohol addiction, it’s something that could destroy your life. Before it gets to that point, a little insight into the world of the alcoholic might help you get off the addiction train before it’s too late.
How Serious Can Alcohol Addiction Get?
In life, you won’t encounter many old alcoholics unless they started drinking late in life. The reality is most alcoholics will either stop drinking and get help or perish. The best way to describe what it’s like to be a full-blown alcoholic is to share with you some of the signs of alcoholism. From this list, you can begin to see just how much dysfunction alcohol abuse brings to the alcoholic’s life. Common signs of advanced alcoholism include:
- Inability to manage one’s personal affairs like maintaining a clean residence or paying bills
- Total dysfunction in personal relationships
- Significant financial problems that derive from too much drinking and financial mismanagement
- Legal issues like divorce, DUIs, and criminal charges from criminal behavior
- Problems at school and work, including the inability to hold employment
- Significant health problems related to heart and lung disease
- A complete loss initiative and the desire to enjoy hobbies and recreation
- The loss of family and friendships that lead to loneliness
Any one of these items could create unhappiness. Most alcoholics will show many of these signs at the same time. Take a look at this list and be honest with yourself. How much of yourself do you see in this list? We would be remiss to not mention death as a possible ramification from alcoholism. Too much drinking could lead to death from heart and lung disease, involvement in a deadly car accident, or even suicide. That’s how bad alcohol addiction can get. There is good news though. You don’t ever have to let things get this bad.
As long as you have breath, you always have the choice to stop drinking and seek help. It won’t be easy, and it will take a bit of courage, but you do have the choice. If you decide to get help, you’ll get a chance to safely detox past your withdrawal symptoms and residual cravings for alcohol. You’ll get a chance to deal with your personal issues through therapy. At the end of the day, you’ll get a chance to move forward in your life without having to rely on alcohol as a crutch. We hope you are ready to make the decision to spare yourself the kind of life we described above. You do have a life that is worth living.
You just need to stop drinking and let us help you get your life back on track. For us to do that, you need to call one of our staff members at 833-846-5669. We are available 24/7. With your initial phone call, we’ll be able to tell you more about treatment and invite you in for a chance at a full recovery from your alcoholism.