SHOULD I GET ALCOHOL ADDICTION TREATMENT?
Maybe you’ve had a rough night, went to jail, lost your job or a relationship with a loved one. Maybe it’s something else. Regardless, you’re sitting here, wondering if you need to make some changes in your life. Alcohol addiction treatment can help you build a foundation for lasting sobriety to help you get your life back. Here are some things to consider when thinking about getting treatment.
Is My Addiction Bad Enough?
When it comes to alcohol addiction treatment, it is hard to be objective. It’s easy to compare yourself with others – well I’m not as bad as this person, or I haven’t done that. The truth is, addiction recovery is a personal choice, and has nothing to do with what others are doing. Yes, loved ones might encourage you to get help. Ultimately, the decision has to be yours, and the desire for a lasting recovery has to come from within.
So we go back to the question, is my addiction bad enough? Look at it this way – what has it cost you? What could it cost you if you were to continue on this path?
Answer the following questions to help put things into perspective:
- Do I have to drink more to feel alcohol’s effects (increased tolerance)?
- Do I feel a lack of control due to alcohol’s place in my life?
- Has my school or work performance suffered as a result of my drinking?
- Has my drinking caused problems with loved ones or friends?
- Do I get withdrawals when I’m not drinking? (the shakes, headaches, anxiety)
- Have I tried to quit but failed?
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, consider getting help.
Physical Signs of Alcoholism
Additionally, there are physical symptoms to look out for that can be indicative of a drinking problem. These are some signs that it is time to get help:
- Blackouts (or loss of memory) as a result of drinking
- Unexplained injuries or accidents
- Digestive difficulties or pain
- Unexplained illnesses
- Loss of libido
- Loss of appetite
- Red or puffy face
- Severe withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, such as seizures or hallucinations
Some of these physical symptoms are signs that alcoholism has been present for a long time, and that it’s time to get help.
How Do I Get Help?
There are several ways to get help and get sober. This could be inpatient or outpatient rehab programs and/or groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. If you have been struggling with alcoholism for a long time, consider checking into rehab. Here you will gain the tools you need to build a lasting recovery in a supportive environment.
When deciding to get help, it is important to be patient with yourself, and to understand that recovery is a lifelong process. There is no “quick fix,” but there are ways to feel better and to regain control of your life. Regardless of what you’ve done or what you’ve been though, your past does not have to define your future.
If you are interested in getting better, and have questions about how rehab can help, our team at The Blackberry Center is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about alcohol addiction treatment program.