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Is It Really Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse is not always clearly understood by many clients. Many assume only the most extreme habits of alcohol consumption are to be considered alcohol abuse and heavy drinking and other unhealthy drinking habits are often cloaked under the guise of “social drinking”. Find out what alcohol abuse is and learn about the available treatment methods.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Anything is considered alcohol abuse that involves the misuse of alcohol. This includes overindulging, drinking with a high frequency and drinking to escape from one’s problems or self-medicate. Alcohol abuse is unfortunately very common. Many abusers of alcohol may not even be aware that their drinking habits would be considered as such. Some would even go as far as to say they believe they drink responsibly. Find out potential signs of alcohol abuse as well as the treatment options.

Are You Abusing Alcohol?

The following actions and behaviors are some examples of alcohol abuse.

  • Drinking to escape from your problems.
  • Drinking to “change” your personality (i.e. to feel more confident).
  • Drinking copious amounts of alcohol.
  • Drinking alcohol has negatively impacted your life in some way (i.e. missing work or school, creating relationship problems, et al.)
  • Becoming aggressive or fighting when under the influence of alcohol.
  • Experiencing blackouts of memory loss when consuming alcohol.
  • Getting in trouble with the law due to alcohol consumption.

Alcohol abuse is unsafe for your physical health and it puts your relationships, mental health, career, finances and other areas of your life in jeopardy. Alcohol abuse may quickly lead to alcohol addiction because of such factors as fast rising tolerance levels and making alcohol consumption a regular activity and influence in your life.

Treatment for Alcohol Abuse

If you have found that you are in fact abusing alcohol, there is hope. Alcohol treatment programs work effectively for alcohol abuse as they do for alcohol addiction. Tried-and-true methods of care can help you turn your life around and get back in control. The earlier you enter treatment, the sooner you can start on your path to recovery.

The main treatment method of the alcohol treatment program is psychotherapy. It allows you to uncover your personal causes for your alcohol abuse so you can grow with the necessary knowledge, understanding and tools for overcoming alcohol abuse. Lifestyle counseling, stress management, relapse prevention strategies and support group meetings also effectively support your treatment plan to help you reach a strong and stable recovery from alcohol abuse.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of alcohol abuse, substance addiction or any other type of addiction, please call us today.  Our addiction treatment counselors can help you deal with physical, emotional and psychological consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.  A substance abuse treatment program is effective, safe and has helped many men reclaim their lives. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.