With alcohol readily available across the world and it being so easy to obtain, alcohol addiction can be easy to develop. Many people associate the word ‘alcoholic’ as a stereotype to someone that struggles holding a job, has issues coping, might be homeless, stolen items or money to buy alcohol or has been convicted of a DWI charge. Therefore if you feel you don’t fit that stereotype, you probably aren’t an alcoholic, right?
There are many forms of alcoholism so it’s important to note that this stereotype isn’t necessarily always true. There isn’t anything wrong about having a drink with your friends or perhaps for a celebration of some sort unless it’s you might have religious or personal restraints, however, the problem begins when someone abuses the substance. Signs of alcohol abuse might be drinking alone in secrecy, making drinking a priority over important responsibilities, having a drink first thing in the morning, feelings of guilt from drinking, a continuation to drink regardless of health, financial and family problems, extreme mood swings, drinking to de-stress, withdrawal symptoms and an inability to stop drinking.
An alcoholic may justify their drinking for a particular reason and further develop a dependency on drinking. Some of the more common various reasons as to why alcoholics justify excessive drinking might be to relieve stress, to feel good, cope with loss of someone close to them or to overcome anxiety.
There are many health complications that an alcoholic can suffer from. The short-term effects of alcohol abuse can very well be just as detrimental as long-term effects. Short-term effects may include: slow reaction time, poor reflexes, blurry vision, difficulty breathing, restlessness and reduced brain activity. Additionally, consuming too much alcohol for long periods of time can affect long-term health as well, such as: liver disease, heart problems, brain defects, bone loss, vision damage and heart problems.
When alcohol becomes an obsession, it can be difficult to focus on the pleasures in daily life. With the help of a treatment program and ongoing support, even deep-set instances of alcoholism can be addressed and resolved. Alcoholism is certainly serious, although it’s also manageable. Individuals with this condition can receive the psychological support they need to change their drinking patterns and their lives, and that work can start right now by reaching out for help. After seeking help through a detox program and making it through the withdrawals stage, it’s highly recommend that the next step is to seek treatment for addiction in order to find a solution that allows a user to live a life without the use of drugs. Any Lengths Retreat is an all men treatment center that utilizes the 12-step program in order to stay sober and treat addiction with an optimal method of recovery. We believe that working a solid 12-step program is the solution to recovery and to live a life of sobriety.