An alcohol addiction is a very serious disease and one that can never truly be cured. You can learn to manage your alcohol addiction and it symptoms, but most alcoholics report at least minimal cravings, on occasion, for the rest of their lives. The good news is that there a number of ways that you can treat this problem, and you have a number of different support groups that may help you stay sober.
Facts That You Should (But May Not ) Know about Alcohol Addiction
1) In general, if you think you might have an alcohol problem, you should proceed with that belief. It is usually better to believe that you are an alcoholic, even if you’re not, and behave accordingly, then it is to continue drinking even if you have developed a problem. Most of us know, or know of, someone who seems to be in denial about their own drinking problem, and you don’t want to be that person.
2) The theory that a person has to want to become and stay sober, in order to get well, is actually a misconception. Each year, thousands of people are forced into rehab as the result of criminal charges or court orders, and the vast majority of those people do not want to quit drinking. The actuality of being in a program and adhering to existing guidelines forces sobriety, often for the first time in years. Although some of these people will not be able to stay sober after leaving the program, others will, so even the unwilling participants in alcohol addiction recovery programs may be able to benefit from them. If they didn’t, it wouldn’t be an effective punishment for people arrested for alcohol related offenses, and it wouldn’t be a common result of criminal action.
3) The advent of the internet has provided an even higher level of anonymity and flexibility for people dealing with a drinking problem. Now, there are a number of support groups that an addict can utilize online. This means that even an exceptionally busy person with multiple jobs or commitments can find the time to go to a support group, where everyone else is dealing with the same issues they are. It also means that there is a much lower chance of being recognized in public by someone in the group, which admittedly has been a concern for some people suffering from an alcohol addiction in the past.
4) Until 2002, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol was much harder to do in most places. As hard as it seems to believe., the blood alcohol level where a person could be considered “drunk” or “impaired” was much higher in most states, prior to 2002. As a result, a person could weigh the same and drink exactly the same amount of alcohol, but could be guilty of criminal activity for drinking and driving only after 2002.
5) Alcohol addiction can happen to anyone, of any race, age, gender, social-economic situation, or religion. Some people could develop this problem after only a few weeks of alcohol consumption, while others never do. It is known that addictions has a strong genetic connection, and therefore runs in families, but there are also many unknown factors that contribute to it.
Alcohol addiction can be defined as a chronic disease with many different causes, that is known to be progressive and fatal if untreated. Alcoholism can exist concurrently with other addictions, but will often need to be treated separately. Symptoms of this addiction can include, but are not limited to:
1) Blackouts as a result of drinking. These might happen only once or could be regular events, but if you are losing time from drinking too much, you are risking not only your life and health, but that of others as well.
2) An inability to quit or control the consumption of alcohol. If you have tried to quit drinking, or have tried to not drink at a particular event, but did so anyway, you might have a problem.
3) Legal problems . If you have been arrested, or ticketed, because of driving under the influence of alcohol or public intoxication, it might be time to consider the possibility of a problem.
4) Other people mentioning concern about the amount of alcohol you drink. Sometimes, people we know are able to recognize the problem before we are.
5) Drinking while driving, while working, or in other inappropriate situations. No matter how boring the play at the elementary school is, it is still not going to be a good idea to drink during it.
6) Drinking even though it is causing illness or making your symptoms worse. Once your health has been compromised by alcohol, it can quickly get worse if you keep drinking the same amount of alcohol as you were before.
Alcohol addiction is not, and should not be, a source of shame. It can, and does, effect people in every part of the world, and even some of the best people suffer from it.