Insomnia as an Excuse for Drinking

Insomnia can be described as an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Many people struggling with insomnia turn to sleep aids to help them get a good night’s rest. Others turn to illegal drugs or alcohol consumption. An alcoholic may find insomnia to be one more excuse for continuing destructive addictive drinking behavior. If a person addicted to alcohol is truly dealing with insomnia, an alcohol rehab program will benefit both issues.

Are You an Alcoholic?

You may not believe that your alcohol use has progressed to the level of an addiction. Ask yourself the following questions, and be sure to answer them truthfully:

  • Do you find it difficult to get rest unless you drink alcohol?
  • Do you stay up all night unless you drink?
  • Do you crave the alcohol that has been helping you sleep?
  • Are you shaky, anxious and have a worse case of insomnia if you don’t drink?
  • Do you find that you need to drink has extended beyond self-medicating your insomnia?
  • Has your alcohol use started to affect other areas of your life?
  • Are those around you starting to notice that you need to drink to sleep each night?

Answering honestly can mean the difference between a life that you can control and in which you are well-rested and a life that is unmanageable. As you find yourself relying on alcohol to help you get a good night’s sleep, you will find that you are starting to display signs of alcohol abuse or addiction. Some of these signs can include the following:

  • An inability to function without taking a drink
  • Hiding your drinking from those around you
  • Needing to drink increasing amounts in order to cope with the other side effects of drinking
  • Spending more time drinking and recovering from the aftereffects of drinking and less time working and being with your friends and family

You may also use alcohol as a means to self-medicate depression, anxiety and other mental health struggles.

Getting Quality Help for Insomnia and Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol rehab programs can help you to regain control of your life by offering you a variety of therapy options that will treat your insomnia and alcoholism. Treatment will help you learn less destructive methods of getting to sleep. Learning how to cope with your insomnia can help you maintain a long-lasting sobriety. If you do not receive insomnia treatment that will help you to fall and stay asleep without the aid of alcohol, you will find yourself relapsing rather than remaining sober.

Call Today for Support and Assistance

Get professional addiction treatment by calling our toll-free alcoholism helpline. Our counselors are compassionate, understanding and can help you understand how treatment will benefit your health, your sleep habits and your future. Call us today. We are here to help you ensure your addiction recovery runs smoothly and results in long-lasting sobriety.