When does moderate drinking turn into a problem? It’s not always easy to recognize alcohol abuse because in many areas of our society, drinking is acceptable—and in some cases, even encouraged. We drink to celebrate special occasions, whether it’s at a wedding or birthday party. Many people look forward to happy hour at their favorite restaurant.
It could be you who’s wondering if your drinking is out of control, or you might be concerned about a loved one. Understanding that it’s possible to get help before it’s too late is possible. However, the first step is admitting that there’s a problem.
Recognizing Alcohol Abuse
Maybe you scoff at the idea of being an alcoholic. You enjoy a few beers after work most nights or uncork a bottle of wine. What could be the harm in that?
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes. In the United States, alcohol is the fourth-leading preventable cause of death. When you consider these sobering statistics, you can see how serious alcohol abuse is.
Many people, however, don’t know what constitutes abuse. Here are some signs that you’re no longer simply drinking socially or in moderation:
- Being unable to stop drinking once you start
- Thinking you should cut back but you never do
- Feeling guilty about your drinking
- Having friends or family members constantly tell you that you have a problem
- Getting defensive when confronted about your drinking
- Seeing relationships end or become damaged because of drinking
Some people underestimate how much they consume because they don’t know what constitutes an actual drink, so consider this: alcohol abuse for women is defined as having seven or more drinks per week, or three on a single occasion. For men, it’s more than 14 drinks per week, or four per occasion.
From Alcohol Abuse to Addiction
You don’t have to be addicted to alcohol to suffer problems at work, with your health, or with your friends and family. All of these consequences can happen to people who are simply abusers.
If you plan your activities around drinking and skip work or family functions when they don’t involve alcohol, drinking is taking a toll. Left unchecked, abuse can spiral into addiction. When addiction happens, a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on the drug.
Whether you recognize that you need help with your drinking or you’re feeling helpless as you watch a loved one struggle, there are substance abuse programs available that can help you or someone you care about recover.
We Can Help
At Ashley Addiction Treatment, we want you to get back to a healthy, happy life, so we provide a wide range of addiction treatment options designed to suit your unique needs. From alcohol detox all the way to participating in post-treatment alumni activities, our facility believes in a blend of innovative, integrated, and holistic care.
Our core programs include:
All of our professionals will treat you with respect and dignity as you begin your recovery journey. You’ll be able to heal in an environment focused on your health and recovery.
You’ll find amenities here that place an emphasis on your wellness, so if it’s yoga or massage that appeal to you, we have it. We also have personal trainers and a dietary team available because we understand the importance of having a healthy body as well as a healthy mind. The psychological and psychiatric care you’ll receive is designed to round out a complete program that brings you into the light of recovery.
With treatment from the right rehab facility, you can overcome your addiction and be in control of your life again. We’re ready to help you start on the road to recovery. Call Ashley Addiction Treatment today at 866-313-6307.