Most people do not realize when their alcohol consumption has gone from normal use or socializing, to drinking for the purpose of avoiding and running away from their problems. This is alcoholism or alcohol abuse.
The development of alcoholism is based on many factors such as your environment while growing up, current social environment and present emotional health and stability. If you are close or related to an alcoholic, you are more likely to develop drinking problems. You may also go through this if you are a heavy and regular drinker, or if you have mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, etc., because in such situations, you are more likely to self-medicate and become susceptible to alcoholism.
The most common and easily identifiable symptoms of alcoholism are:
Alcohol abusers do not always become fully-blown alcoholics, though it is a major risk factor.
Alcoholism or alcohol dependence has pretty much the same symptoms as alcohol abuse, except for the fact that severe physical and functional dependence on alcohol become pronounced. It is one of the most common forms of problem drinking.
One way to recognize your crossover into alcohol dependence is to check whether you drink to enjoy and socialize or you are drinking out of any physical or mental compulsions.
If you find your daily functionality and stability dependent on the consumption of alcohol, you know you are an alcoholic. It is best to seek professional help immediately, before the situation aggravates.
Alcoholism is a real addiction, like drug abuse. It is harmful and can lead to self-destruction. However, it is curable.
The first step to overcoming alcoholism is to accept that you have a drinking problem and seeking help. Denial is one of the major reasons why alcoholics often do not receive the treatment they need.
With the right kind of treatment, alcoholism is curable. Two of the most common treatments for alcohol dependence are detoxification and rehabilitation:
A recovering alcoholic must be self-driven and put in an effort to recover. If you are going through this stage, you will require regular support and motivation so you can stop your cravings for alcohol. You can get support by joining support groups for recovering alcoholics such as 12 step Alcoholics Anonymous or speaking to a professional therapist/counsellor.
Alcoholism and stigma
Stigma surrounding alcohol abuse and alcohol dependency is forced upon us by society, friends and family. Most assumptions made when you think about an alcoholic are negative, such as being depraved, unemployed, having had a bad upbringing, dropping out of school and not completing your education and involved in shady pursuits such as prostitution, betting etc. Alcoholics are assumed to consume drugs as well.
It is very important for a recovering individual overcome this stigma and reach out for professional help to treat alcohol dependence.
Remember, alcoholism is a real problem. But it can be overcome, if it is diagnosed and treated properly. And help is just a call away. Visit Cadabam’s Anunitha. O you can also give us a call @+91 96111 94949.