It’s hard to be objective when it comes to figuring out whether you or your loved one has a problem with drinking. Here are 10 of the most important things to look out for in yourself or your loved one:
- Lying about or hiding your drinking: At Eden Rehabilitation Centre we have come to understand that denial is common with people having problems with alcohol. They might drink secretively or lie about how much they drink to make it seem like less of an issue.
- Drinking to relax or feel better: Almost all people who visit Eden Recovery Centre and are struggling with addiction, abuse their substance of choice for emotional reasons. Whether it’s stress, depression, anxiety or anything else that serves as a temporary quick relief solution.
- Blacking out regularly: Drinking so much that you have no memory of what happened is another red flag for a problem with alcohol.
- Being unable to stop once you start: If you always finish a bottle of wine once it’s opened, it’s another sign you aren’t in full control of your drinking and you may have a problem.
- Drinking in dangerous situations: This is a red flag for us at Eden Recovery Centre. We find that drinking when you really shouldn’t, like before work, before having to drive somewhere or drinking against your doctor’s orders when you’re on medication is a worrying sign of problem drinking.
- Neglecting your responsibilities: If you’re having problems at work, school or with your family and household responsibilities because of your drinking, then you could have a problem.
- Having trouble in your relationships: If your drinking is causing problems with your closest friends, your significant other or your family, we at Eden Rehabilitation Centre, recognise this indication that alcohol could be a bigger priority than even the most important people in your life.
- Being able to drink more than you used to: Tolerance is another key sign of addiction that we look out for at Eden Recovery Centre. So if you can drink more than you used to and need to drink more than you did before in order to get drunk, it’s a strong indicator that you’re becoming an alcoholic.
- Experiencing Withdrawal: Withdrawal is different from a hangover. It’s the reaction to the lack of alcohol rather than too much. If you start to feel irritable, tired, depressed, nauseous or anxious when you haven’t had a drink, there’s a possibility you could be going through withdrawal.
- Trying to quit but being unable to: If you have realised your drinking is becoming a problem and tried to make a change but have been unsuccessful, you should seriously consider seeking help at Eden Recovery Centre.
If you can successfully tick the above warning signs about addiction, or need advice on different treatment plans, please feel free to contact the Eden Recovery Centre. You can depend on full discretion.