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Am I an Alcoholic

Written on: June 29th, 2009 By:

Am I an Alcoholic?

No one utters the phrase, “Am I an alcoholic?” without having some serious reservations. This is not only because alcoholism is a disease that carries the major symptom of denial which shields the serious nature of it from the user, but also because the stigma associated with alcoholism is not a desirable one. Practically no one wants to be labeled an alcoholic. One might say, “Ok, I admit I drink a lot. But am I an alcoholic? I still have my job, family and a roof over my head. No, not me.”

The term alcoholic has less to do with a person’s socioeconomic status and more to do with the way their body processes alcohol. Studies have determined that an alcoholic processes alcohol differently than someone who is not an alcoholic. When someone who is alcoholic takes alcohol into their body, it sets off a compulsion for more. This craving can be so powerful that it results in the individual’s loss of control and an inability to stop drinking once started. Therefore, alcoholism has less to do with how much alcohol one drinks and more with the uncontrollable compulsion for alcohol once it’s introduced into the body. When an individual is unable to get alcohol after a period of drinking, the body goes into withdrawal. Symptoms can range from mild, such as nausea and headache to severe symptoms like anxiety, hallucinations, night terrors, DTs (delerium tremens) and seizures.

Alcoholism can result in life-threatening symptoms and seizures if not arrested. It is chronic and fatal if left untreated. The major symptom of denial makes it difficult for an individual to admit he or she needs help. They may not even be able to ask the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” because the very idea of having to look that closely is too uncomfortable. Getting help for alcoholism usually rests with family members and loved ones.

At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer 30, 60, 90 days and 6 month residential drug and alcohol treatment in the scenic harbor town of Dana Point, California. The primary fear most people have is going through alcohol detox. At SouthCoast Recovery, we offer medical detox that provides a mild form of prescription medication to help ease an individual through the initial period of alcohol detox with as little discomfort as possibile. In addition, we offer acupuncture, herbal remedies and detoxification massage to help the body move through the initial withdrawal phase and begin healing from the inside out. A combination of medical and clinical care in conjunction with holistic therapies provides overall healing and renewal on a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual level. If you’ve ever wondered, “Am I an alcoholic?” wonder no longer. Pick up the phone and talk to one of our intake coordinators who have the professional training to help diagnose the severity of your alcohol use. We can help you escape the trap of alcoholism and enjoy life again.


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