Although some comedians have made a career out of the punch line, “you might be an alcoholic if…” the truth is that alcohol abuse and alcoholism are no laughing matter. Nearly half the population in the U.S. (that’s about 150 million people) struggle daily with the effects of alcohol use in their life. If you are starting to question your drinking or that of a loved one’s – here are some things to consider.
A lot of people will not seek help because they do not want anyone to know about their alcohol use. If you have missed work or school, or been repeatedly tardy because of alcohol – your employer or professor probably already suspect that you have a drinking problem. But, if you want to keep things private for now, you should try one of the online self-assessments available – some sponsored by Alcoholics Anonymous and others that are non 12-Step affiliated. For the most part, an online assessment will ask questions that cause you to carefully consider your drinking. For example some questions address cravings and how you feel when you drink. Other topics include the impact that alcohol use has on your job, school, home life and whether or not you have suffered financial or legal hardships as a result of alcohol abuse. It is important that you are very honest in your answers. Most online tests are progressive – meaning that as you answer a question, the program will either give you an evaluation or allow you to continue to the next question. If you make it to the end, there will be a final evaluation of your answers.
The Decision to Get Help
Realizing that you have an alcohol problem and need help quitting is a big step. Making the decision to get help is an even bigger step, but you can do it! Depending on hold long you have been drinking – and how much – you may need to begin with an alcohol detox treatment. Alcohol detox treatment will remove the chemical toxins in your body from drinking. There are many different methods for alcohol detox, but the one most preferred by doctors is a medical detox that will control (or eliminate) withdrawal symptoms. Although not everyone experiences alcohol withdrawal, the symptoms can be very painful and dangerous if not treated appropriately. After successfully completing alcohol detox treatment, most find that a rehabilitation program can help them prepare for life without alcohol. Rehab will also offer steps on how to avoid relapse – especially during the holidays. Do you have questions about whether or not you are an alcoholic? Gallus Detox Center can help you find the answers and find the solution to overcoming alcohol abuse. Call us today at 855-338-6929.