Alcohol abuse is just as serious and deadly as drug abuse. Drinking alcohol to the point of physical and mental health issues along with difficulty holding a job and creating family complications is the same behavior exhibited by drug addicts. Also, the central nervous system is affected by alcohol abuse causing tension, activity, anxiety, and inhibitions to decrease, leaving the individual with a false sense of well-being.
The effects of repeated alcohol consumption will continue to multiply and escalate until everything the individual loves in life is destroyed. Far to many alcoholics have lost their homes, jobs, family and friends because of their disgusting behavior while under the influence. Increasing numbers of alcoholics have lost their life or have been involved in others losing their lives. With the combination of alcohol and drugs, these numbers will rise continuously, with more and more deadly results. The best we can do is to provide effective treatment for anyone who seeks help and return as many people as possible to functioning normally in life.
Signs and Symptoms Experienced by Alcoholics
Every alcoholic responds differently to the effects of heavy drinking, but in most cases, the following symptoms are present:
- Inability to control the amount consumed
- Nausea, vomiting
- Not eating properly
- Tingling and numbness
- Shakes in the morning
- Drinking secretively
- Not caring how one looks
- Feels the need for alcohol on a daily basis
- Plenty of excuses for needing a drink
- Drinking alone
- Becomes hostile when confronted about the drinking habit
Other signs of alcohol problems include financial crisis, legal problems, loss of job, family dysfunction, weight changes, and violent outbursts. With prolonged alcoholism, serious health issues can arise such as increased blood pressure, rapid heart rate, damage to major organs and failure of major organs.
Compassion and Support are Crucial During Recovery
When helping a loved one get control over their drinking habits they need to feel compassion and love from family members. It is important to remember that this person did not intend to become an alcoholic. Once the addiction took hold, they no longer had the choice of whether to drink or not. Severe cravings forced them to continue drinking simply to avoid the uncontrollable shakes, nausea, anxiety and depression. Just as any other illness, alcoholism requires professional treatment along with caring family members to provide support and encouragement when things aren’t going well.
Getting Back Control of Your Life
Alcohol abuse can make you feel that you are the only one that matters and you will refuse to admit there is a problem with alcohol. When drinking alcohol becomes a need and not just a social drink, you are on the verge of becoming an alcoholic.
An alcoholic should have a goal to get the help, fulfillment, and sober lifestyle they desire. Abuse of alcohol is difficult to get under control, and even after treatment, they can relapse. Family members should make sure they have a good support team and system in place.
If you need more information on helping yourself or a loved one get treatment for alcohol abuse, call today and one of our counselors will be available to answer you questions.