Why Do I Need Rehab for Alcoholism?

Full-blown alcoholism is obvious, because the user cannot hold down a job and typically drinks throughout the entire day. High-functioning alcoholics may be more difficult to spot, because they are able to hold down a job, maintain their social life and participate in family activities. The abuse is not as blatant but will eventually lead to a less controllable form of addiction.

Alcoholism Side Effects

Alcoholism occurs when a user has compulsions to use and cannot control intake. He or she will continue to consume alcohol regardless of knowing the risks involved. Some of the risks involved for long-term alcohol consumption include the following:

  • Dependence
  • Liver disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Brain lesions
  • Impaired memory
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

Why Do I Need Alcoholism Rehabilitation?

High-functioning alcoholics may not realize they have an addiction. This is because they have never gotten in trouble with the law, hit rock bottom, had any health problems due to alcohol use or had any issues at work. In fact, many high-functioning alcoholics may be excelling at work and home. The following are some subtle questions that you may want to ask yourself before denying a need for rehab:

  • Have you ever felt bad after drinking?
  • Have you ever or frequently purchase alcohol even when you can’t afford it?
  • Has drinking ever caused you to make careless decisions?
  • Have you stopped caring about certain ambitions or goals that you had in the past?
  • Do you begin to crave alcohol around the same time every day?
  • Do you drink alone?

Although answering “yes” to these questions may not seem like a big deal, it points towards alcoholism. Alcoholism is treatable and is something that you can stop before it becomes life-threatening. Alcoholism and alcohol dependence are connected, and once your body is dependent on alcohol, it will react negatively if the substance is no longer present. Rehab is necessary to ensure safety and comfort during the detox process and will help lessen alcohol withdrawal symptoms which include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Most alcohol addicts are abusing because of the way that it makes them feel. This feeling is typically an escape. Sometimes that escape is work, stressful friendships or even a bad family situation. Rehab centers can help find the source of the addiction and deal with it head-on. This is one of the most important aspects to rehab because once you have dealt with these problems, there becomes no reason to abuse alcohol anymore.

Where Can I Get Help for Alcohol Abuse?

Call one of our counselors today and talk about your situation. They can help you decide whether or not you need rehab for yourself or a loved one. We can also help you check to see if your insurance will cover alcohol addiction treatment. You can call us 24 hours a today, toll-free. We are here to help.