Everyone has their limit. How do you know when just one more is one too much? Drinking alcohol is socially accepted behavior among friends and office coworkers, in moderation. Alcohol consumption is often part of one’s family culture, but at what point does social drinking transcend into alcohol addiction?
If you feel concern for yourself or someone else about alcohol use, we’re here to inform – and we’re here to help.
Social Drinking Compared to Alcohol Addiction
It’s been said that wine with dinner can complement the meal. Beer at the ballgame is an American pastime. So how can moderate alcohol consumption go so wrong? Read the information below to understand the fine line between enjoyment and loss of control.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
In addition to physical and emotional symptoms of alcohol abuse, there are behavioral markers for addiction as well. Alcohol abuse can greatly impact a person’s life circumstances enough to damage healthy relationships, career or school success, financial standing, and put others at risk.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), alcohol addiction is evident when:
- A man consumes 10 or more servings of alcohol in 1 week.
- A woman consumes 8 or more servings of alcohol in 1 week.
Here are some warning signs:
- Inability to control amount of alcohol consumed
- Planning activities around alcohol use
- Avoiding responsibilities due to alcohol need
Binge Drinking and Alcoholism
Heavy drinking sessions are often part of the high school or college climate. In fact, many people, like you, celebrate another’s achievement by raising a glass or two. Before long, you’ve had three, four or more cocktails. If this is the rule rather than the exception, such binge-drinking behavior is classified as alcoholism.
For teenagers, those from the ages of 13 to 17 who are exhibiting behaviors of alcoholism, we have a dedicated teen program that caters to their sensitivities, located at its own facility close to the main grounds of TTC Care.
Dangers of Alcoholism and Its Progression
Alcoholism is a disease of the brain and can progress slowly over time. Whether a person consistently drinks after work or overdoes it on the weekends, untreated alcoholism damages brain function, deteriorates the nervous system, compromises other organs, and leads to many other ailments.
Prolonged drinking increases your risk for:
- Alcoholic hepatitis
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Heart disease
With long-term alcohol abuse, a dual diagnosis can present itself. This is when alcoholism is coupled with a mental illness such as an anxiety or depressive disorder. TTC Care alcohol rehab in Florida specializes in the treatment of dual diagnoses.
Alcohol Addiction Checklist
Has the level of alcohol consumption in you or someone you care for reached an addictive state? The following questions can help you gauge whether alcohol addiction treatment and recovery at TTC Care should be considered:
- Is your life unmanageable because of drinking?
- Have friends, family or coworkers mentioned concerns about your drinking?
- Have you missed work, school or important events due to hangovers or drinking?
- Do you drink to get drunk while alone?
- When not drinking, do you feel anxious, experience muscle cramps or shaking?+
- Is your day planned around drinking?
- Do you drink more than those around you and don’t want to stop?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions or recognize these issues in someone else, know that the right alcohol rehab program in Florida is just a phone call away.
Effective Alcohol Rehabilitation Requires a Customized Roadmap
Alcoholism affects people differently. The medical practitioners, highly accredited counselors and compassionate staff at TTC Care believe alcohol addiction treatment and recovery plans should be designed individually for each patient.
Amid the tranquil beaches of southern Florida, TTC Care patients receive an initial assessment to better understand their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. TTC Care offers many treatment options such as inpatient residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and aftercare services. We often recommend starting with supervised medical detox, as the body needs to restore itself at the cellular level to engage a fresh start toward recovery.
Comprehensive Healing Options for Every Stage of Recovery
The process of acknowledging addiction, accepting its consequences and adopting a healthy lifestyle takes perseverance, education, newly acquired life skills and support. Our broad spectrum of therapies ensures recovery is collaborative, comforting and close at hand.
What You May Not Know About Our Alcohol Addiction Treatment
If there are legal issues that need to be addressed during treatment, TTC Care alcohol rehab in Florida provides assistance through our court liaison program. Mandated court appearances will be scheduled and met, along with the communications needed to fulfill compliance requirements, allowing your focus to remain where it should be: on recovery and long-term wellness.
Treatment for alcoholism is covered by many insurance providers and private insurers. Throughout the treatment process, your privacy will be protected under federal law.
When You’re Ready, TTC Care Can Help
Oftentimes, people who need help most don’t recognize they have a problem. If you believe someone you care about suffers from alcohol addiction, discover the many resources that TTC Care has to offer our patients and their families.
To help a loved one get sober, download our FREE eBook. For more information on how we successfully treat alcohol addiction, call any day at any time to speak with an admissions counselor right away.
All conversations are 100% free and confidential.
The Court Liaison Program is a service of The Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches and should never be considered formal legal representation. Hiring a private attorney for personal representation is a serious decision and is always recommended within the Court Liaison Program.