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The Signs of Alcohol Addiction to Look Out For

Alcoholism is an insidious disease that can be hard to identify. Drinking alcohol is socially acceptable. Advertisers portray alcohol as a part of a healthy and active lifestyle, complete with a beautiful partner. What’s pictured isn’t always reality, but that wouldn’t make for a good commercial. Sometimes alcohol use crosses a line, and it’s essential to know the signs of alcohol addiction to look out for in yourself and your loved ones. If you find that you or your loved one has a problem with alcohol, Nashville Treatment Solutions is here to help. We have a comprehensive range of therapies and treatments that we can utilize to treat your loved one’s alcohol addiction. 

Signs of Alcohol Addiction to Look Out For

The signs of alcohol addiction are both physical and social. Are you finding that you cannot attend any event without either drinking alcohol before or bringing it with you? Do you find yourself making sure that you have enough alcohol to get through a day or an event? Have you started rotating which stores you visit to purchase alcohol so that you don’t visit the same store every day? How are you feeling in the mornings or even throughout the day? 

If you wake up and need to drink some alcohol just to feel normal, you most likely have a problem with alcohol addiction. Likewise, if the need to drink increases throughout the day, you likely have a problem with alcohol. Honestly, you know better than anyone else what alcohol is doing to you, but you can also look at how those around you are affected by your drinking. Do you find yourself arguing with your loved ones about your drinking? Is your drinking affecting your job? Are you finding that you are experiencing consequences from the things you do when you are drinking? Facing up to it can be difficult, but if you look closely at your life, you will see if the signs of alcohol addiction are there. 

How to Treat an Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is treated similarly to addiction to any other drug. However, alcohol is the most dangerous drug from which to withdraw. Before you begin any treatment, you will have to be honest with yourself and the rehab staff about your drinking. Regular and continued use of alcohol changes the pathways in your brain and how your body functions. When you quit providing alcohol to your body, it will pitch a fit. 

Your symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, headache, anxiety, tremors, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, sweating, tremors, and even seizures. Supervised detox is safer and can be more comfortable than doing it alone. Once you complete detox, it’s time to move onto the work of treating your addiction. Through multiple therapies and activities, you will explore what brought you to your alcohol addiction and begin to build a life in recovery. 

Therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy will help you work through your addiction. Activities such as skills classes, movement, and meditation will enable you to create a life in recovery that doesn’t require an escape. Treating alcohol addiction is hard work, but the rewards can last a lifetime.

How Nashville Treatment Solutions Can Help You Overcome Alcoholism

At Nashville Treatment Solutions, we understand the signs of alcohol addiction. We will partner with you through your recovery and tailor treatment plans for you or your loved one. Our multifaceted treatment modalities will help build a solid foundation for your recovery journey. We have a wide range of programs to meet your or your loved one’s needs, including a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which can be followed with our Outpatient Counseling (OP). We understand the heartbreaking nature of addiction, and we are here to help.  Connect with us today to see how we can best support you and your loved one in the journey to sobriety.