According to CBS News, about 30% of Americans abuse alcohol. Medical News Today asserts that one in every 13 people in the UK is an alcoholic, and that there are at least 140 million alcoholics in the world. While it may be daunting to think about, if you’ve been exhibiting dependent behaviors when it comes to alcohol, you could fall into one of these statistical categories. Here are some ways you can take an honest look at your lifestyle and habits to determine if you need to enroll in an alcohol rehab center.
Finding Reasons to Drink
If you find that you’re always justifying having a drink or finding a way to have a drink, this could be a sign that you’re depending on alcohol to “take the edge off” or make you friendlier or calmer in social settings. For instance, if you only drink at parties, but are often checking to see if there is a party in your city to attend every few days, even when you should be getting rest or working on important projects, alcohol has too much control in your life.
You Feel Sick Without Alcohol
A number of people are functioning alcoholics, which means their bodies have become so accustomed to the alcohol that if they go a day or even a few hours without drinking, they will physically get sick. If you have chills, a fever or experience fatigue after just a day of not drinking any alcohol, your body is dependent on the substance. If you find that you are moody, depressed and snappy with friends and loved ones when you haven’t had a drink, your body is relying on the calming effects of alcohol–which can be very dangerous to your internal organs and brain activity.
You Hide Your Alcohol
Most people who are in need of alcohol rehabilitation know that they have a problem–they just have a hard time admitting it. If you feel the need to hide your wine and liquor bottles when friends and family visit your home, this is a sign that you know your drinking is excessive, and you don’t want your loved ones to chastise you about it. If you feel that you have to hide your drinking from your spouse or children, it is because you don’t want those close to you to see you inebriated or to try to convince you to get help. People who are truly social drinkers can comfortably have a glass of wine or two at a dinner party with friends or enjoy a cocktail every once in a while without feeling ashamed or self-conscious.
There are a number of alcohol rehabs that adopt different treatment approaches, so you’re sure to find one that will work best for you. But first, it’s important to be honest about whether you need alcohol rehabilitation. Deciding to get treatment is a decision only you can make. Hopefully, the loving support from family and friends will assist you in making that worthwhile choice.