Accepting That You’re an Alcoholic

If you are coming to terms with the idea that your occasional drink here and there may be developing into addiction, it can help to learn the signs and stages of alcoholism. While your friends, family members and an alcohol rehab program can help you on the pathway to addiction recovery, only you can make the decision that there is a problem and that it needs help.

The Stages of Alcoholism

There are stages of alcoholism or addiction, and being aware of these stages can allow you to identify issues with alcohol in your life or the life of a loved one. The stages of alcoholism include the following: \

  • Stage one: The first stage is making the decision to begin drinking. Your reasons for your first drink may vary but could include the need to loosen up, feel like the life of the party or numb feelings of stress, depression or anxiety.
  • Stage two: As your body’s levels of tolerance for alcohol increases so will the frequency of your drinking. You may start drinking earlier in the day, drinking larger amounts or drinking before social events. You have begun to rely on alcohol and the way it makes you feel, but you may still have a good amount of control over your life at this point.
  • Stage three: The loss of control over yourself and your life in general begins during this third stage of alcoholism. It will become harder to focus on work tasks or family responsibilities. Financial concerns may begin to appear, and you may start to blame everyone and everything else for your need to drink.
  • Stage four: In this fourth stage you will likely find yourself with the inability to face your day without first taking a drink. Your life will spiral out of control, and those around you will notice. Unless you receive alcohol treatment and work towards addiction recovery, you will be unable to stop drinking.

The Signs of Alcoholism

The followings signs of alcoholism can help you determine if you or someone you love needs alcohol rehab help:

  • Difficulty maintaining personal and professional relationships
  • Financial struggles resulting in devoting more money to your alcoholism and less to paying your financial obligations
  • Withdrawing from social and family events in order to stay home alone or spend time with others who share your drinking problem
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Reacting with anger or even violence when someone upsets you, confronts you or otherwise threatens your alcohol consumption

Going through the addiction recovery process can feel incredibly isolating, but alcohol treatment facilities will surround you with counselors and medical professionals who genuinely want to help you break the cycle of alcohol abuse that has been consuming your life.

Accept That You Are an Alcoholic and Get Help

When you call our toll-free helpline, you will be able to confidentially speak with one of our counselors who can help to develop a plan of action for your addiction treatment and recovery. We can verify your insurance for substance abuse treatment and make travel arrangement. By allowing us to help you decide on treatment and to handle the details of recovery, you can focus on your recovery. We are here 24 hours a day to offer you a helping hand.

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