Having a drink with friends has been seen as an large part of the North American social culture for decades. However if drinking is getting in the way of your relationships, work, interests and impacting on your life, you could be suffering from alcoholism.
Alcoholism, excess drinking, binge drinking or having a drinking problem is all the same thing. If it’s impacting your quality of life, causing negative consequences and costing you more than money, then it’s time to do something about it.
Be honest and ask yourself the following questions:
1. Has anyone – a friend, family member, doctor or colleague been concerned about your use of alcohol or suggest you cut down?
2. Have you been hurt or have you hurt anyone else physically as a result of drinking alcohol?
3. Have you forgotten the events of the previous night because of your drinking?
4. Do you feel any guilt, remorse, shame or embarrassment because of your alcohol abuse?
5. Do you need a drink in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?
6. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking?
7. Have you failed to do what was normally expected of you because of drinking?
8. Have you tried and failed to stop drinking?
9. Are you pre-occupied by obsessive thoughts or the desire to drink?
10. Have you ever had a DUI or any other legal problem related to your drinking?
11. Are you having more financial, work, school, and/or family problems as a result of your drinking?
12. Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol?
If you answered yes to any of these questions or are concerned about the role alcohol plays in your life we recommend you visit: https://ncadd.org/get-help/take-the-test for a more comprehensive self-directed survey designed to help you determine if you or someone you know needs to seek treatment for alcoholism.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Long-term alcohol use can cause serious health complications, can damage emotional stability, finances, career, and impact one’s family, friends and community. Alcoholism has little to do with what kind of alcohol one drinks, how long one has been drinking, or even exactly how much alcohol one consumes. It is better defined by the impact an individual’s substance use has and the negative consequences experienced by the individual and their loved ones. We understand alcoholism is a chronic and progressive neurobiological brain disease with psychological, spiritual, and social implications. We also know that inpatient treatment is an acute intervention in the addiction process and like other chronic illnesses, long term management is necessary for a sustained recovery. At Cedars in Cobble Hill BC, we believe that abstinence from drugs or addictive behaviors is just the starting point. Abstinence alone is not recovery. With proper support and attendance at a residential addiction treatment centre, many people suffering from alcoholism are able to not only quit drinking – but reclaim their lives and recover their mental & physical health, family relationships, careers, reputations and a life filled with meaning and endless possibilities.
If you or someone you know is suffering from alcoholism or a substance abuse problem we can help. Call Cedars today at1.866.716.2006 and an admission coordinator will support you towards a path of recovery. Your full recovery is our sole purpose.