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Am I Addicted to Alcohol?: What to Do

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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If you have asked yourself, “Am I addicted to alcohol?” you know the answer might not be an easy one. Because alcohol affects everyone differently, there is no exact science to determine if you are addicted to alcohol.

To help those asking this question, Renaissance Recovery shares common signs of alcoholism and what to do if you find yourself dependent on alcohol.

Determining if You Are Addicted to Alcohol

If you are addicted to alcohol, it may not be obvious to you. Many people live their lives as functioning adults without realizing they have a dependency on alcohol.

Experts have defined men consuming more than 14 alcoholic beverages each week as a low-risk category for developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD). On the other hand, women consuming 7 drinks in one-week are considered a low-risk for developing an AUD as well.

It does not necessarily mean you are addicted to alcohol if you meet these low-risk categories’ criteria. That is why determining levels of addiction can be challenging. To make it easier, our alcohol addiction treatment center recommends learning the signs of alcoholism.

Common signs of alcoholism include:

  • Cravings to consume alcohol
  • Unable to limit alcohol use despite many attempts
  • Using alcohol while driving vehicles or other heavy machinery
  • Failure to fulfill certain obligations in your personal and/or professional life

If you have experienced any of these interactions with alcohol, you may have a problem with addiction.

What to Do If You Are Addicted to Alcohol

Overcoming an alcohol addiction is the best thing you can do for your mind and body. There are many benefits of not drinking, such as improved relationships and having more energy to participate in healthier activities.

Firstly, if you are addicted to alcohol, it is important to set strict goals and prepare for a new life. For instance, an effective goal can be to stop drinking alcohol by a specific date. This will help align your focus and make yourself accountable for your actions.

To help stick to your goals, you must remove all temptations. In other words, throw away any alcohol that is accessible to you at home or work. Additionally, it can help to share your new goal of sobriety with friends and family members. With their support, your recovery will be less challenging.

If you struggle to stick to your goals, it may be in your best interest to seek professional help.

What to Expect from an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Center

If you are addicted to alcohol, it can be difficult to fight the temptations of drinking outside of an alcohol addiction treatment center. There are many situations where alcohol is present, and it is hard to say no. For example, you attend a wedding with an open bar. Or there is a complimentary champagne toast at an office holiday party.

For these reasons, people who seriously struggle with addiction find more success with long-term recovery when admitted to alcohol rehab. At an alcohol addiction treatment center, you will learn valuable coping skills and determine why you rely on alcohol in many different situations.

Many alcohol rehabs offer several different programs that teach healthier habits and promote a better lifestyle. For example, our addiction treatment programs in California include:

Above all, when choosing to check-in to an alcohol addiction treatment center, you choose to better yourself for good.

If You Are Addicted to Alcohol, Renaissance Recovery Can Help

Are you ready to stop drinking? Renaissance Recovery is here to help. Our team of certified professionals helps clients addicted to alcohol at our substance abuse treatment center in Orange County, CA. To learn more about our addiction therapy services, contact Renaissance Recovery at [Direct] or fill out an online form.866.330.9449

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Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country