If you’re concerned about your drinking habits, you have probably thought about going to an alcohol rehab center. But how do you know if you really have a problem with alcohol? Maybe you’re just a social drinker. Just what are the signs that you need a Florida alcohol treatment center? This article will help you recognize the signs that you may need treatment for alcohol addiction.
- You can’t control your alcohol intake
You never have just one or two drinks. You drink until you’re staggering drunk, or until there is no more alcohol left to drink, whichever comes first.
- You conceal your drinking from others
There is no need for a social drinker to lie about their alcohol intake. There is nothing wrong with an adult who enjoys a drink or two now and then. By contrast, an alcoholic will lie about how much they drink, never admitting their true consumption level. Alcoholics will also hide bottles around the house, drinking in secret whenever they can.
- You feel sick when you don’t drink
Alcohol is physically addicting. The brain becomes dependent on the presence of alcohol in order to function. Symptoms of mild, early alcohol withdrawal include:
- Nausea and vomiting
If you experience these symptoms within the first four to eight hours or so of your last drink, they are likely due to withdrawal. If alcohol relieves these symptoms, then you can be sure you’re physically addicted to alcohol to some degree. Alcohol withdrawal can progress to far more serious withdrawal symptoms that are life-threatening, such as seizures and delirium tremens. Anyone physically dependent upon alcohol needs medically supervised detox in order to safely withdraw from this substance.
- You have had blackouts
Blackouts are recent periods of time that you cannot recall. Blackouts are a definite sign of an alcohol problem.
Other signs of alcohol dependency include:
- Alcohol-related arrest
- Loss of a job because of alcohol
- Isolation from friends and family
- Mood swings
- Neglecting family responsibilities
- Obsession with alcohol
- Frequent or constant hangovers
If you recognize some or any of these signs in yourself, you probably do have a problem with alcohol. It’s best to seek treatment now, before the problem gets worse. Addiction is a progressive disease. If it’s not treated, it will escalate over time. If you would like help to find the right Florida alcohol rehab treatment center for you, you can call us. We are professional alcohol and drug treatment counselors, and we are here for you 24 hours a day. Just call 800-411-8019 anytime. Remember that there is always hope. We look forward to helping you find your way to a happy and sober future.