Alcohol addiction is a serious problem in the Britain. According to statistics from the Alcohol Concern charity, an estimated 7.5 million Britons are unaware of the serious damage their drinking habits could be causing them. More than 9 million people consume alcohol in amounts greater than that which is generally recognised as being safe. Furthermore, alcohol consumption accounts for at least 10% of the financial cost of healthcare in Britain.
The truth about alcohol is that it is not a harmless and innocuous substance. Alcohol is highly addictive in nature, making it possible to move from simple alcohol misuse to fully-fledged addiction very rapidly. When the point of addiction is reached, what is known as alcohol dependence or alcoholism, overcoming one’s drinking problem can be quite challenging.
Blue Skies offers detox and rehab services to individuals suffering from alcohol addiction. We work with families as well, understanding that alcoholism is a family disease requiring family treatment. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol.
Do you suspect you have a drinking problem? If so, you can take some comfort in knowing that not every drinking problem rises to the level of addiction. The government classifies drinking problems under three categories:
This overview of the three kinds of drinking problems is very generic. We have not gone into greater detail because each individual is different in how he or she responds to alcohol misuse. Having said that, it is important for you to get help right away if you believe you or a loved one has a drinking problem. Even a minor drinking problem can rapidly evolve into alcoholism if left untreated.
There are certain signs you can look for that will help you identify a case of alcohol addiction. We have divided them into two categories: those to look for in yourself and those to look for in a loved one.
If you are concerned about your own situation, consider the following symptoms of alcoholism:
If you are concerned about a loved one rather than yourself, signs to look for include:
Any combination of signs or symptoms that suggest a potential alcohol addiction should not be ignored. As already mentioned, even a minor alcohol misuse problem can quickly become an addiction if left untreated. The good news is that proper treatment is very effective at helping alcohol addicts completely recover. Success is achieved through a combination of physical, emotional, and psychological treatments that address every aspect of addiction.
Blue Skies is standing by to help you or your loved one overcome an alcohol problem. Most of our staff have undergone their own recovery experiences, so they understand what clients are going through. We urge you not to ignore the signs of a drinking problem. Contact us so that we can work together to solve it.