Alcoholism is a difficult disease that has a strong impact on the body and mind, and heavy, long-term alcohol use is a contributing factor for diseases such as cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. It also negatively affects the pancreas, immune system, and brain. But what’s the difference between problematic drinking and having a few beers from time to time? Knowing whether you have a drinking problem can be an important first step toward improving your life or even saving it.
Alcoholism has many forms, and while most people are familiar with the stereotype of someone who is constantly drunk to the point that it affects their job and personal life, that’s not necessary the case with everyone. Some people fall into the category of high-functioning alcoholics, meaning that their friends and family might not notice a problem, but the addict is still dependent on alcohol to get through the day. If you have ever asked yourself, “Do I have a drinking problem?” it might be a good idea to look at the behaviors that can be warning signs of an alcohol problem:
- Drinking alone
- Frequent memory loss/blackouts while drinking
- Drinking with the purpose of getting intoxicated
- Frequent run-ins with the law or other authority figures
- Alcohol-related problems with work or school (lateness, failing grades, missing days)
- Drinking to escape or cope with emotional problems
- Difficulty sticking to alcohol-related limits
- Irritability and mood swings
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it might be time to call us for a free clinical assessment.
Get Help and Get Sober With WhiteSands Tampa Treatment Center
At our private, fully accredited rehab center in beautiful Plant City, Florida, we are dedicated to bringing our patients high-quality, cost-effective treatments for drug and alcohol addiction. When you’re ready to get help, our team of board-certified doctors, experienced nurses, psychiatrists, and professional counselors will work closely with you to create an individualized treatment plan with your wellness in mind. Our patients experience the detox process in a completely safe, medically monitored environment. Then, your personalized treatment program will provide you with the counseling and educational resources needed for successful rehabilitation. We also offer family counseling, relapse prevention services, and dual-diagnosis programs for patients who are struggling with addiction as well as a mental health disorder.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 100,000 people die each year from alcohol-related deaths such as falls, car accidents, fires, and homicides/suicides, and many more die of alcohol-related illnesses. Sometimes, the hardest step for addicts is admitting that they might have a problem, but you don’t want to become part of this troubling statistic. If you or someone you love has ever wondered, “Do I have a drinking problem?” it might be time to give us a call. Our staff is available 24/7 to answer questions about our facility, treatment options, and wellness philosophy. Fill out our form or call today to start on the path to sobriety.