Every year, approximately 15 million Americans suffer from alcoholism. This condition destroys reputations, relationships, and lives, but too few people seek help. At Innovative Medicine in Lafayette, LA, we’d like you to know the signs of needing alcohol treatment so you can look out for them in yourself or a loved one.
Signs You Need Alcohol Treatment
You Need a Morning Pick-Me-Up
It’s not uncommon for people to need a cup of tea or coffee to start their mornings. If you need a shot of liquor to make it out of bed, you need holistic alcohol treatment in a judgment-free clinic. You probably need alcohol first thing in the morning because your body is going through withdrawals.
Seeking professional help if you go through withdrawals every morning is particularly important. Trying to stop cold turkey on your own can lead to petit mal seizures, grand mal seizures, and other potentially life-threatening side effects. We can wean you off alcohol safely, quickly, and for good.
You Can’t Stop After Just One Drink
Another sign you need alcohol treatment is the inability to stop after just one drink. If you didn’t have a problem with alcohol, you would have no problem sipping on a spirit of your choice with your friends and calling it a night. When you have to go home and have “just one more” after last call, you need to seek professional treatment for your alcohol problem.
You Want to Stop But You Can’t
One of the clearest signs that you need alcohol treatment is wanting to stop but being unable to stop. Usually, you can achieve anything you set your mind to, but you just can’t stop buying another bottle of Jack or Jim or Tully. You can’t turn down an office happy hour offer. You can’t fall asleep without a drink, and you can’t wake up without a drink.
If you want to stop drinking alcohol but you can’t, you may be drinking for psychological reasons. For example, you may be drinking because you’re scared you’ll lose your job, you’re angry that your ex took your dog, or you’re sad because your cousin died. Even if you don’t suffer from withdrawals when you go cold turkey, you’ll keep going back without professional help.
You’ve Developed a Tolerance to Alcohol
If you need more units of alcohol in a given period of time to get the same effects as you used to, you’ve developed a tolerance. This is particularly dangerous because alcohol wreaks havoc on your body, whether it makes you feel drunk or not. The more you drink, regardless of your tolerance, the more you are poisoning your body.
You’ve Had a Life-Changing Event
The right time to seek treatment for your alcohol problem is when you have a life-changing event. Maybe your boss fired you because he caught you drinking at work for the third time. Maybe you wrecked the family minivan and your kids missed soccer practice for two weeks. Maybe your spouse mentioned filing for divorce if you didn’t get your act together.
Life-changing events can easily cause people with alcohol addiction to spiral deeper into a pit of despair. After all, you drink to feel better, and you feel pretty lousy being unemployed. This is rock bottom. This is the time for a change.
You Crave Alcohol
Maybe you haven’t reached the point where you’re sneaking whiskey in your Thermos of tea. Maybe you don’t have airplane bottles of vodka stashed in your desk for when you’re “working” after your team has gone home. Maybe you can go over to your parents’ house for the evening and not have a glass of wine.
However, the thought of where your next drink is coming from consumes you. What if your roommate drank the last beer? What if you only have money for bourbon or fuel to get to work? What if your girlfriend pours your drinks down the drain again? How will you get home from the bar when you don’t have the money for both a drink and a cab? Cravings are a sign you need help.
You Put Yourself in Dangerous Situations
You need to seek immediate professional help if your relationship with alcohol is putting you in dangerous situations. Maybe you look for strangers to meet up with to buy you drinks. Maybe you try to walk home alone while inebriated because you can’t afford a cab. Maybe you try to drive home because you’re “only buzzed.”
Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated endangers you, others on the road, and even pedestrians on the sidewalk. If you drink, don’t drive. If you can’t afford a ride home after a night of drinking, drink at home. If you have ever driven while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, seek immediate, professional help for your addiction.
Take the First Step in Changing Your Life Today
If you or a loved one thinks your drinking has become a problem, you may need alcohol treatment. To learn about your options, please take the first step in getting your life back on track by calling us today at Innovative Medicine in Lafayette, IN at (765) 637-0630. We offer holistic treatments to heal your body and mind on your journey to being alcohol-free.