It’s hard to know exactly when it’s time to call it. When it comes to alcohol, where is the line?
Well, there are a few telltale signs that signify its time to check yourself or a loved one into alcohol rehab.
Last year, approximately 88,000 people in the US died from an alcohol related incident.
Recognizing signs of alcoholism can save your life and we will be discussing today some of the main signs you can check for.
Drinking in the wrong environments
The acronym to remember is HALT which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. If you catch yourself drinking in one or more of these situations, it might be time to stop and reflect.
Drinking when you’re hungry will only allow the alcohol to be absorbed into your bloodstream faster, getting you intoxicated quicker.
Drinking when sad or lonely can heighten your already vulnerable state.
Lastly, drinking when tired will only make you more tired. If you are often taking a swing during one of the HALT scenarios, ask yourself: is drinking becoming your number one priority?
You have tried to stop, but you can’t
Perhaps you have realized it’s time to take a step back and cut a few drinks out of your daily regiment. However, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t stop.
On one hand, it’s good that you’ve been able to identify the need to cut down. On the other, it’s not unusual to have trouble being able to stop all on your own.
Alcohol is a strong depressant that can have a significant effect on your body and your thoughts. If you use alcohol to relax or escape your daily life, it will, of course, be difficult to quit.
Alcohol Rehab can help you surmount your initial challenges.
You are embarrassed about the amount you consume
There is nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or two with your dinner at night, but if your consumption has become something you are hiding, that’s a red flag.
Taking the initial step and checking into a rehabilitation addition center can be a daunting experience. It’s you admitting “I need help.”
Needing help is okay and being public about it can actually be empowering.
That being said, if you feel ashamed or guilty of the amount you are drinking, it’s another telltale sign that you should consider looking into alcohol treatment centers.
You already have a mental illness or predisposition for one
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), of the 20.2 million people with a substance use disorder in the U.S., 40% also had a mental illness of some kind.
That being said, if you suffer from depression or anxiety and are having trouble putting down the glass, you are not alone.
Statistically speaking, those with depression and other mental illnesses are more likely to have problems with alcohol.
Before checking into rehab…
Having a support system and knowing you are not alone can increase your chances of succeeding in rehab.
If you are deciding whether it’s time for you to get treatment, we applaud you for taking a moment to self-reflect. It’s important to do and it is a vital first step.
Above all, make sure you are honest with yourself. There is nothing to be embarrassed about and your decision to go to rehab could redirect and change your life for the better!