Alcohol Addiction For Users
Can I get fired from my drinking problem?
Alcoholism can affect many areas of your life. It may start to negatively impact your relationships and your career. You may begin to worry about the negative effects it is having on your life. You may begin to worry about your job and wonder if you can get fired from your drinking problem. The answer? Technically, no. You can get fired if you are consuming alcohol at work or if you are intoxicated on the job. However, an employee’s decision to drink outside of work is an individual’s personal decision. Alcoholism can impact your job situation as a whole. You may not feel as well-rested, alert, or focused as you used to. Your work performance may begin to suffer. On top of that once you are addicted to a substance it is hard not to prioritize it over everything else. You prioritize drinking over having a good night’s sleep. This may cause you to wake up the next morning feeling lethargic. Overall it is best to stop your drinking problem before it causes you to have issues in the workplace. Issues at work can often lead to more issues at home. Those that suffer from addiction sometimes end up not working because their addiction begins to take over their whole life. For information about treatment for alcoholism and how you can get the help you need give us a call at 623-263-7371.
How do I know I have a problem with alcohol?
Sometimes it can be tricky to know if you are suffering from addiction. Especially when it comes to alcohol. How much is too much? How do you know if you have a problem with alcohol? Often, others around you will notice you have a problem before you do. However, if you are worried that you may have an alcohol addiction you can get help. If you would like to seek help you should go see a medical professional. They can walk you through the criteria that are used to diagnose a substance abuse disorder and let you know if you have an addiction issue. One of the key signs that someone has an addiction is that there are negative impacts in one’s life caused by substance use, but despite this, the individual continues to abuse the substance. Even when they attempt to stop abusing the substance they end up abusing it again. This is a classic sign of addiction. There are a variety of things that point to an addiction according to the DSM-5. This includes spending a lot of time drinking, negative impacts on home life, work, or school due to the substance, and even constantly craving alcohol. These types of signs and many more can all point to alcohol addiction or other substance abuse issues. If you believe you may have an alcohol addiction it is important to seek out the help you need. There is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Alcoholism is a disease and a very dangerous one at that. The effects of long term alcoholism are disastrous for the mind and body. For information on how you can get the help, you need for your alcohol addiction give us a call at 623-263-7371. We are happy to answer any questions about addiction, detox, or treatment programs that are available.
What is the recovery rate for people with alcoholism?
If you are suffering from alcoholism it can be hard to believe that there is any hope of getting better. You may feel as though the addiction has taken over your life. All you want and all you can think about is alcohol. Your career may have been destroyed and you may have lost relationships with loved ones. Although it may seem as though your life will never get better, there is hope. Recovery is possible and so is a better future. You don’t have to live life under the constant cloud of alcohol addiction where all you can think about is your next drink. You can get sober and be free of the pull of addiction. Treatment programs are the best way to get sober and remain sober. Experts in the field of addiction will give you all the tools and support you need. When it comes to a treatment program there are many to choose from. Patients can get inpatient or outpatient care. Some treatment programs are longer while others are shorter. It is important to find a program that works best for you and your individual situation. Due to this treatment plans are customized for each individual patient. No two patient’s histories with addiction are the same so neither is treatment. So do people really recover during treatment? What is the recovery rate for people with alcoholism? In an AA membership survey, it was found that 22% of members are sober and have been for twenty plus years. Thirteen percent of members have been sober for five to ten years. Twenty-four percent have been sober for one to four years. Lastly, 27% of members were still sober a year after recovery from the AA program. This proves that there’s life after addiction. If you are ready to start your path to becoming sober give us a call at 623-263-7371.
Can I stop drinking “cold turkey?”
One of the strategies people have when they become addicted to anything is to go “cold turkey”. Many people believe they will be able to have enough willpower to completely stop their addiction overnight. While many may have good intentions to keep their promise to themselves and their loved ones that they will stop their substance abuse, this can be hard to do in reality. Addiction has a powerful impact on the mind and on the body. It can be a challenge to stop. So can someone stop drinking “cold turkey”? Yes, but there are many challenges. The best thing to do for someone who wants to get sober is to seek medical attention. There can sometimes be dangerous health outcomes to the abrupt stop of consuming a substance. The body can have extreme reactions. For this reason, it is best to detox or go “cold turkey” under the supervision of a medical professional. That way if anything does occur you are in good hands. Symptoms of detoxing off alcohol can include:
- Shaky hands
Overall, detoxing is not a pleasant experience. There can even be more extreme symptoms such as hallucinations and seizures. It can also be challenging to detox around family and friends who may not know how to best handle the situation. For your safety as well as the safety of your loved ones it is best to go to a detoxing center. To learn more about detoxing and treatment program options call us at 623-263-7371.
What happens if I stop drinking?
If you have been consuming alcohol for a long period of time it may be scary to think about not drinking. You may be worried about how you will feel or you may be scared about the withdrawal symptoms. So what can you expect? What happens if you stop drinking? It is important to realize that you will experience a range of symptoms that may vary depending on your alcohol addiction. Although this can seem scary, there are options for support. Going to a detox center allows you to get care and support from medical professionals. They will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable throughout your detox process. When you begin to detox a range of symptoms may come up. Firstly, you may begin to experience tremors, otherwise known as shakes. These symptoms usually begin about five to ten hours after you’ve had your last drink of alcohol. Tremors may be accompanied by other symptoms such as sweating, nausea, and vomiting. Another symptom of detoxing off alcohol are hallucinations. This can happen about twelve to twenty-four hours after your last drink. Sometimes severe withdrawal symptoms can occur such as seizures. This can happen anywhere from six to forty-eight hours after your last alcoholic drink. The best option when detoxing is to be around medical professionals. That way if anything potentially dangerous to your overall well-being does occur you are able to immediately seek out medical attention. For more information on detoxing give us a call at 623-263-7371.
Alcohol Addiction For Loved Ones
Can you force an alcoholic to quit?
When you are watching a loved one go through an alcohol addiction it can be a very painful thing to watch. They may act in ways you never expected and prioritize drinking about everything else in their lives. The person you once knew may seem to barely exist in your eyes. So what can you do? Can you force an alcoholic to quit? The truth is that you can’t force anyone to do anything. Especially an adult who has to make their own decision for themselves. Nobody can make anyone else quit their addiction. That person must want to quit themselves. They need to have their own motivation to be able to go through addiction recovery and stay sober long after recovery has ended. So what can you do? How can you help? There are some steps that you can take to be supportive of your loved one when it comes to reaching out for help with their addiction. Firstly, you can ask them to sit with you and look through information and help when it comes to alcohol addiction. This can be information on detoxing, detox centers, and different treatment program options. Let them know you are supportive of them and will remain a source of support for them throughout their recovery process. There is no need to push them into treatment. This can actually usually have the opposite effect of making them not want to seek out treatment. Instead, offer support without making them feel guilty or shameful about their addiction. Need help from an expert? You may want to consider having an intervention. During an intervention, the addict is confronted about their addiction and offered a chance to go to treatment. An intervention specialist can lead the entire intervention. For more information on how this process works call 623-263-7371.
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Where can I get a free consultation and some advice on this situation? (Call us and tell us your situation and we will help you without judgment)
One of the main reasons individuals never stop their addiction is because they don’t know where to go to seek out help. Often, family members are the ones to seek out help. Loved ones just like you are able to get addicts the care and support that they desperately need. Are you looking for advice when it comes to addiction? Perhaps you have never dealt with addiction yourself and have never had loved ones who have gone through addiction prior to this. This is actually quite common and is the reason many people seek out resources for more information. If you have questions about anything ranging from treatment programs to addiction or detoxing, give us a call. We can help you with your situation. We know it is difficult to watch someone you love struggle with addiction. We understand that all you want is for your loved one to get better and return to how they were before the addiction took over their life. You aren’t wrong for believing that is possible. Many people have made full recoveries from addictions that lasted months to addictions that went on for years. As an additional resource, there are also support groups for families of people suffering from addiction. Resources such as Al-anon and Alateen are helpful for some individuals. For more information on how you can support your loved one during their addiction and their road to recovery, give us a call at 623-263-7371.
What can I do to help someone who is suffering from alcoholism?
When you watch someone you love go through addiction you can often feel helpless. You watch as their behavior and priorities change. You see them destroy relationships and careers in some cases. Oftentimes their life as they knew it is gone. It may be hard to recognize them as the person you once knew. You want to help but you struggle to know how to. So what can you do to help someone who is suffering from alcoholism? Here are some action steps you can take in order to help your loved one. Firstly, try to learn everything you can about alcohol use disorder. This can help you become more sympathetic about the situation your loved one is in. It can also help you to understand them better. Secondly, once you have decided to approach them about their alcohol use, practice what you are going to say beforehand. That way you can think through what you want to say and not say anything in the spur of the moment. It is important to approach your loved one at the right time and in the right place. While speaking with them talk to them honestly and compassionately. Offer support and let them know that you are there for them. You can sit down with them and look at treatment offers. This lets them know that you will be there for them throughout their treatment journey. So what should you not do? There are a few things to avoid doing. Don’t drink around them. This will encourage their alcohol addiction. Also, try not to take on their responsibilities. They are an adult and they need to handle their own issues. Along the same lines do not provide financial support for them unless those finances are going towards treatment. Otherwise once again you are encouraging their addiction. Try not to tell them what to do or tell them what you think is best for them. Attempt to be a place of support for them.
How much is too much for someone to drink?
When you are around someone who is addicted to alcohol it may be hard to tell at first. You may not know if how much they are drinking is normal or not. They may be able to drink a lot without their behavior changing very much. This can make it difficult to tell if someone is an alcoholic or not. So how much is too much for someone to drink when it comes to alcohol? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, there are different levels of drinking. Moderate drinking can be defined as one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Heavy drinking is defined as more than four drinks a day for men and more than three drinks a day for women. Heavy drinking can often lead to binge drinking. This is defined as when the blood alcohol concentration in someone is at 0.008% or higher. This usually occurs for most women after they have had four drinks. For most men, this usually occurs after they have had five drinks. Individuals that engage in heavy drinking and binge drinking often can put themselves at risk when it comes to having a substance abuse disorder. If your loved one is heavy drinking or binge drinking multiple times a week or month, it may be time for them to seek out help. For information on detox centers, treatment programs, and interventions, give us a call at 623-263-7371.
What are some signs that someone is an alcoholic?
If you yourself have never been addicted to a substance and don’t have experience being around an addict, it can be hard to know at first if someone is addicted to alcohol. So what are some signs that someone is an alcoholic? What are things to look out for when it comes to alcoholism? There are certain criteria that can be used to diagnose someone as having an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use disorder is a problem drinking that has become severe. In order to know if someone is suffering from an alcohol use disorder, there are a range of questions that need to be answered by you or the loved one. These questions include some of the following:
- Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
- More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
- Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
- Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
- Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
- Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
- Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
- More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
If you suspect your loved is suffering from alcohol use disorder give us a call at 623-263-7371 to learn about how you can help your loved one get the help they need.
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