If you have experienced any type of unpleasant consequences related to drinking alcohol (interpersonal, legal, professional or financial) you may be thinking about how to quit alcohol successfully. There are plenty of approaches you might take when it comes to giving up drinking and some might be more appropriate than others. This is not a guide on how to quit alcohol, but provides some indication of the signs of alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal symptoms for you to consider.
At this point the reality may be that you may not be capable of determining the signs of alcoholism or substance addiction but your loved one may. Alcoholics and people experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs can be very clever at hiding his or her drinking or drugging at first, but alcoholism or addiction will sooner or later become apparent. There will be abnormal changes in physical and social behavior.
An addict or alcohol dependent person might skip events such as work, school, meetings and so on. As you may know, a classic excuse is physical sickness. As alcohol or drug dependency progresses, the interference becomes harder to hide and deny.
Angry reactions to alcohol related discussions
A broad comment or query regarding an alcoholic’s drinking pattern can often receive an overreacted, defensive reply. In an instance such as this, the addict turns out to be very self-protective and will do anything to cover up their drinking and divert the family intervention or conversations from talking about the substance abuse to another topic.
Physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms
Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include bad hangovers, sweating, headaches, nausea, anxiety, increased heart rate and blood pressure issues.
However, there can be more serious physical symptoms, including delirium tremens. This can involve seeing and hearing hallucinations with augmented confusion, disorientation, hyperactivity and heart palpitations.
Psychological alcohol withdrawal symptoms
These signs are best not to be dismissed. They can include sleeping disorders, anxiety, hallucinations, depression, delusions and many other combinations.
Regardless of what anyone believes, both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms have to be addressed to give the addicted individual a fighting chance of recovery.
Steps to stop drinking alcohol
If you or any member of the family is addicted to alcohol and you want to stop consider the following:
Admit there’s a problem
This is the most important step of resolving alcoholism and addiction. You are doing that if you are reading this. Plan the steps to address the problem.
There is no quick fix. If you have a problem it needs addressing. We urge you to see your health care professional to undergo a medical detoxification. Our experience shows cold turkey without medical supervision or intervention of some kind is usually not the answer and can lead to dangerous health conditions. You can try to decrease the number of drinks you consume each day, or drink lighter (less alcohol content than usual). This may help but this will not cure your alcoholism. The best chance of abstinence and the start of a new life is to undertake a treatment rehabilitation program like the 28 day treatment program at Bradshaw House.
Consider trying something new (non-alcohol related)
If you are capable, become involved in a new activity; these simple things can distract you from the thoughts about drinking alcohol. What did you enjoy before drinking took over?
Join an alcohol or drug support group
At these sessions you’ll be able to gain new insights as well as new perspectives on how to stop drinking or drugging. Rehab is a difficult process, but going through it together with family members and friends who share the same vision will make the transition easier. Groups like AA and NA will help with peer support. Your friends and family involvement are considered a vital aspect of recovery for any addict or alcoholic.
Call Bradshaw House intake line and speak to triage to discuss your options.
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