Some common symptoms of alcohol addiction to look for are:
- Increased quantity or frequency of use
- Lack of “hangover” symptoms
- Drinking at inappropriate times - like in the morning or at work
- Hiding alcohol or hiding while drinking
- Increased lethargy, depression, or other emotional issues
- Legal or professional problems such as an arrest or loss of a job
As addictions almost always worsen with time, it is important to look for and get help when you see early warning signs. If you’re able to identify and get treated early, you can avoid many major consequences that often come with this disease of addiction.
How to help someone you love showing early signs of addiction
If you are recognizing signs and worried about someone you know struggling with alcohol, it is normally best to approach them in a supportive way. Often parents or family members tend to shame or make people feel guilty about use, which only serves to push them away from help and towards more alcohol to seek comfort.
It’s important to know that alcohol addiction is a disease, not just a choice. It changes a person’s neurochemistry and brain synapsis so a person with an addiction may not be able to control their actions normally.
Top reasons why people turn to alcohol
There are so many reasons people turn to alcohol and can gradually develop a dependency on drinking. While there are millions of reasons people start drinking, some of the most common are:
Relying on alcohol to reduce daily life stressors can impact the likelihood of developing alcoholism. Since alcohol is a depressant and a sedative, drinking produces feelings of pleasure. However, frequent drinking builds tolerance, requiring you to consume more alcohol in order to achieve the same effects.
Consuming alcohol can provide some people a break from reality. It offers a sense of relief from underlying issues your mind may be trying to escape from. However, continual alcohol use to get through the day or week can turn into a serious drinking problem.
Cope with loss
Losing a family member or friend can take a toll on you emotionally, physically and mentally. Alcohol can ease the grief you are feeling and is used to get through difficult times. Depending on alcohol, even temporarily, can spiral into a drinking problem.
Some people are naturally anxious, causing them to perpetually worry. Drinking lowers an individual’s inhibitions and makes them more comfortable in social situations. Over time though, this can lead to addictive behaviors.
Lack of Connection
Many people drink because they don’t feel adequately connected to others. They believe that alcohol will either feel the void or possibly make it easier for them to forge new bonds. However, the opposite typically ends up being true.
Shame is one of the most difficult emotions for many to cope with, and it is also one of the most traumatic. While alcohol can temporarily mask shame with false feelings, it also causes many individuals to engage in reckless or foolish behaviors that can later cause them to feel even greater shame, which can cause a downward spiral.
Alcoholism treatment professionals are seeing some type of trauma in virtually every patient that they treat. There are many forms of trauma, but they all painful events where the victim didn’t have an empathetic witness. For many, treating unresolved trauma is the key to their recovery.
How Do I Help Someone Get Better?
Choosing to help someone or yourself with addiction is one of the biggest decisions people can face in life. From treating and working with thousands of family members and friends of those struggling with addiction, we can say confidently that everyone regrets not get treatment earlier, and say they waited too long!
Every individual will have a unique recovery journey and the strategy should meet their specific needs. Most often, alcohol addiction is treated in three big steps:
The first stage in alcohol addiction recovery is detoxification - a complete withdrawal from alcohol, under supervision of medical professionals. Often an individual can experience very difficult symptoms of withdrawal so this should be done in a facility with medical oversight to make sure it does not drive the person back to alcohol for comfort, further ingraining the addiction.
Our rehab facilities are located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and our inpatient treatment programs normally last 30-90 days. We also offer outpatient rehab, allowing individuals to participate in regular recovery meetings while continuing with their daily life if needed.
The treatment process cannot end when supervised “rehab” is finished, or else sobriety is difficult to maintain and relapse is common. Ongoing support groups, counseling, and a well informed and trained family support is needed to make sure an individual remains sober for the years ahead.
If you or a loved one is ready to overcome an addiction to alcohol, we can help you get the treatment you deserve. We are Asia's leading Drug and Alcohol Rehab program and our holistic treatment program caters to the individual with
- Individual or group therapy
- Recovery coaching
- Therapy / counseling
- Chronic relapsing prevention
- Family workshops
- Clinical assessment
- Medical treatment
- Psychiatric treatment