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How To Tell If A Friend Is Struggling With Alcoholism

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You might have come across people who can’t hold down their drinks, yet do not stop. These people are either already dependant on alcohol or moving quickly towards dependency. But what if this person is your friend?
If you two do not often hang out together, there is a chance that you are wrong about their drinking problems. They might just be going through a phase. But what if they are alcohol dependant? You may have to intervene and get them enrolled in an alcohol rehabilitation program.

So, how do you know if they truly are in trouble? Here are a few signs that indicate a person is alcoholic:

Emotional numbing
People often use alcohol as a way to numb their emotions. Whether it’s a heartbreak or death of a loved one, your friend might be drinking to battle pain. This is a fairly obvious sign that they are dependent on alcohol, not just physically, but emotionally too.

Difficulty in limiting alcohol use
Do you hear your friend say they are going to limit to these many drinks and then not follow through?
It is a common behavior among addicts. They need their fix and once they start drinking, they just can’t seem to stop. This probably happens too often.

Withdrawing from friends and family
When a person is drunk beyond their limits, they often lose control of their actions.
On recovering the next day, they may feel embarrassed. This is how they slowly begin cutting themselves off from friends and family. For them, meeting these people is a constant reminder of their own problem with alcohol.

Mood swings, blackouts and memory loss
Alcohol affects a person’s emotions which often results in sudden outbursts. Sadness and intense rage at partners; one comes followed by the other. If your friend has been having mood swings, especially in their alcoholic state, chances are that they have become alcohol dependant.

Large amounts of alcohol can also cause memory loss. It is a temporary amnesia which makes a person forget certain events in their alcoholic stupor. Further drinking can cause a blackout, meaning they may forget significant portions of time. This is a serious state; if your friend is experiencing this, enroll them for substance abuse treatment.

Interventions remain unsuccessful
While we can offer our support and suggestion, only your friend can take a decision. If they are not aware of their alcohol-related issues, then as a friend, it is your responsibility to reveal the truth. However, such interventions often do not yield positive results immediately. It takes time. This is a sign of addiction; these individuals remain in denial about their dependency.

If you have a friend who you think is addicted or dependant on alcohol, you must first try to make them aware of this situation. If they are already willing to give up alcohol, recommend them to an outpatient addiction treatment center, such as ours. We offer an individual as well and an intensive outpatient treatment plan.

 

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