A treatment center that specializes in addiction, like Destination Hope, should be equipped to handle any kind of addiction that one can think of. While there are many types of addiction, the one seen most often in treatment centers is alcohol.
Alcohol is legal and therefore often judged as a lesser addiction, but it is a serious problem with more dangerous withdrawal symptoms than many illegal drugs. Women are the number one growing demographic amongst those suffering from alcohol abuse and addiction, and therefore, we wanted to take some time to address alcoholism and give you a self-assessment that you can use as a starting point to analyze your own drinking habits or those of a loved one.
If you find yourself saying yes to several of the questions below, consider contacting a comprehensive treatment center, such as Destination Hope, to see if you need professional help.
Do You Have An Alcohol Problem?
Self Assessment Questions:
- Have you ever wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
- Have you ever awakened in the morning after some drinking and found that you could not remember a part of the evening before?
- Do your family or friends ever worry or complain about your drinking?
- Can you stop drinking without a struggle after one or two drinks?
- Have you ever gotten into fights while drinking?
- Have you been in situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
- Do you consistently turn to alcohol as a way to cope with stress, depression, anger or anxiety?
- Do you have to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than it used to?
- Has your drinking ever created problems with you and your significant other or family?
- Have you continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem?
- Have you stopped or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
- Have you ever lost friends because of your drinking?
- Have you ever gotten into trouble at work or lost a job because of drinking?
- Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms when the effects of alcohol are wearing off, such as delirium tremens, severe shaking, trouble sleeping, nausea, sweating, racing heart, seizure, or auditory or visual hallucinations?
- Have you ever been to a hospital because of drinking?
- Have you ever been arrested (even for a few hours) for behavior related to drinking?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you should seriously consider contacting a treatment center. You will be able to talk to a counselor confidentially and they will be able to help determine if you need help and what the best course of treatment is for you. Diagnosis is an important part of the job of a treatment center.
At Destination Hope, we work with men and women who suffer from addiction and dual diagnoses. Comprehensive assessments are done via phone and upon arrival at our treatment center to ensure an individualized program that specifically addresses each client’s history and needs.