Drinking alcohol is such a common occurrence that Seattle residents are often unaware of or deny drinking problems. With the media advertising alcohol and focusing on celebrities with drinking problems, many people misinterpret the warning signs of alcoholism as just having fun. Accepting the fact that you or someone you love in Seattle may have a problem with alcohol abuse can be difficult to swallow, but by coming to terms with the issue, you can get help.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Seattle Residents
Not all alcoholics exhibit the same symptoms and behaviors of alcoholism. In general there are many symptoms that signify an alcohol abuse problem. The road from alcohol abuse to dependency is short, which is why it is extremely important to treat an abuse problem as soon as it is spotted. The following are warning signs of alcoholism:
- Deterioration of physical appearance, lack of hygiene or self-grooming
- Binge drinking, periodic over-indulgence, black outs or memory loss
- Using alcohol to control one’s mood, i.e., to calm down, relax or stimulate
- Hiding alcohol or secretive drinking, feeling guilty or remorseful of behavior while drinking
- Social isolation and drinking alone
- Feeling the need or desire to drink before events or social gatherings
- Acting reckless or taking extreme risks while drinking: sexual promiscuity, drinking and driving, violence, fighting, thievery
- Marital or relationship problems with friends, family, children, coworkers etc.
- Neglecting responsibilities or failing to perform at work, school or home
- Unexplained change in behavior or attitude; lack of motivation or loss of interest
- Episodic intoxication, more than once a week
When Does Alcohol Abuse Become a Problem for Seattle Residents?
As previously mentioned, there is little that separates alcohol abuse from alcoholism. In addition to the behaviors of alcohol abuse, alcoholism exists when a Seattle resident has an actual physical dependency to alcohol. The turning point from alcohol abuse to alcoholism is the loss of or sudden absence of control. The signs of alcoholism include the following:
- Alcohol tolerance: when one needs to drink more alcohol in order to feel its effects.
- Presence of withdrawal: one experiences a physical reaction (withdrawal symptoms) when not consuming alcohol. Symptoms may include shakes, seizures, depression, delirium and more.
- Failed attempts to quit: a Seattle resident can no longer stop herself from drinking alcohol despite repeated efforts to quit.
Benefits of Alcohol Rehabilitation for Seattle Residents
Reasons such as preventing injury, damage and destruction to one’s health are obvious when it comes to the benefits of quitting alcohol abuse; but the actual benefits of quitting extend to all areas of life. Benefits of alcohol rehab include the following:
- A healthier self—no more hangovers, increased energy and motivation, weight loss, better sense of general health and wellbeing.
- Ability to feel—happiness, joy and other raw emotions can be felt and shared with others. After rehab this usually includes confidence, self-respect, livelihood, freedom and peace.
- Time—more time experiences you value; this could be family, friends, interests, hobbies and other activities.
- Find structure and eliminate chaos—alcoholism and its consequences can be exhausting. Rehab brings back structure to all areas of life: financial, relational, spiritual, occupational etc.
Rehabilitation Help for Seattle Alcoholics
Call our helpline to learn more about alcohol rehab and programs that can help you get your life back on track. Calls are toll free, and we are here 24 hours a day to help you find sobriety.