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Accepting You Have a Problem with Alcohol

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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No one starts drinking alcohol with the intentions of becoming an alcoholic. Unfortunately a great deal of men and women who drink alcohol on a regular basis will find themselves in a situation where they develop a dependency. It may not be clear to them at first, as drinking becomes more frequent they find themselves needing more and more to achieve the desired effects, their thoughts become clouded by when they will have their next drink. It’s not uncommon that it takes serious damage, hitting rock bottom, for someone with an alcohol abuse problem to finally admit it.

Do You Have a Problem?

If you are questioning if you have a problem with alcohol, odds are you know the answer already. If you have a problem with alcohol you find yourself developing a tolerance, requiring larger amounts of alcohol to achieve the desired effects. As a dependency grows you may experience symptoms of withdrawal when you’re not drinking; headaches, shakes, anxiety and strong cravings to drink alcohol. An alcoholic will find themselves thinking of their next drink, planning out when and where they will drink, even drinking alcohol at inappropriate times such as during the work day.

Alcohol can cause a lapse in judgement, you work becomes less important, family responsibilities are neglected and you could make poor choices that are dangerous to not only you but others, such as driving under the influence. This can cause you to lose your job, cause problems in your relationships and even result in legal troubles.

Stop Hiding Behind the Bottle

You can’t hide behind the bottle any longer. Alcohol has had far too many negative effects on your personal, social and professional life. Your health may be deteriorating due to the toxic effects of alcohol. If you continue to hide behind the bottle you may get to a point of no return. You can get the help you need today by accepting you have a problem with alcohol and reaching out for help from an Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility.

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