Do you worry about the drinking habits of a partner or good friend? Are you growing concerned they may be becoming addicted to alcohol?
Over 17.6 million people in the U.S. are, and the signs of a problem are relatively easy to spot.
Here are some things to look for if you are concerned:
Does your friend drink to get drunk? Do they often drink to the point of inebriation? Or talk about how much they enjoy being drunk? Do they start drinking before leaving for an event where alcohol will be served?
Do they drink to make themselves happy?
Do they have a high tolerance to alcohol? Can they drink large quantities of alcohol for their weight and remain functional?
Does your friend sneak around to consume alcohol? Are you discovering bottles around the house that appear to have been hidden? Or does your partner call you to tell you they are running late at the office only to have them show up later drunk?
Is drinking a high priority for them? Do they often drink alone – sacrificing time with loved ones?
If your friend takes a break from drinking, do they begin to show symptoms like headaches, nausea, irritability, tremors, or hallucinations?
Does your friend continue to drink even after one or more DUI convictions or job losses?
Despite all the signs you have seen – do they adamantly deny they have a problem with alcohol?
If you can answer yes to a number of the questions posed here, your friend may have a problem requiring immediate attention.
If they are open to getting help – seek the best care available.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and need help in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, the recovery teams at Aware Recovery Care are here to help. And we come to you, regardless of where you live. Our unique in-home treatment model of care gives clients a significantly better chance of recovery compared to traditional inpatient rehab care. Please get in touch with one of our Recovery Specialists to learn more.