Alcohol consumption is a major and prevalent part of American culture – there are no two ways around that. From champagne toasts to bar hopping events, drinking is not only socially acceptable – it is generally expected. This can make things pretty darn tricky for individuals who are suffering at the hands of a serious alcohol abuse disorder. If you believe you might be struggling with a real drinking problem, it can be difficult to separate taking things too far on occasion with a serious and progressively worsening issue. There are several ways in which you can determine whether or not you are suffering at the hands of a drinking problem that requires professional intervention. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I tried to quit drinking or cut back on my drinking because of personal consequences, only to find myself drinking again days or weeks later?
- Have my loved ones ever expressed any level of concern about my drinking habits?
- Have I changed my daily routine in order to make more time for drinking and recovering from alcohol use (such as nursing hangovers)?
- Do I drink every day or almost every day?
- When I do drink, do I find it difficult to just have one or two alcoholic beverages?
- Do I often drink more than I intended?
- Have I ever done something while drinking that I wouldn’t do when sober, like sleep with a stranger or drive while intoxicated?
- Do I try to justify my drinking habits by telling myself things like, “It really isn’t that bad,” or, “I can stop if I wanted to, but I don’t want to right now?”
- Have I gotten in trouble with the law for my alcohol use and continued to drink regardless?
- Have I missed work, school or any other personal obligations because of my drinking?
- Do I feel anxious or unsettled when I know that I’ll be going to a “dry” social event?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above-listed questions, there is a good chance that you are suffering at the hands of a serious alcohol abuse disorder. If you are still unsure, feel free to give Chapel Hill Detox a call at any point in time. Our team of experienced and compassionate Treatment Advisors will conduct a brief pre-assessment over the phone, which will help us determine whether or not alcohol detox is right for you.
Why Get Sober?
When it comes to getting clean and sober, you might be wondering, “What’s the point?” This is probably especially true if you have not yet experienced any devastating personal consequences as a result of your drinking habits. It is important to remember that if you are suffering at the hands of a legitimate alcohol abuse disorder, things will only continue to get harder and more difficult. Alcoholism is a chronic, relapsing brain disease – one that can only be effectively treated with a combination of intensive therapeutic intervention and a long-term recovery program. So, why take the leap now? Here are 8 great reasons why sobriety always outweighs active alcohol use – even if you aren’t quite convinced that you have a drinking problem.
- You won’t have to worry about hangovers anymore. Regardless of whether or not you have alcoholic tendencies, hangovers are never fun. The pounding headaches, the insatiable thirst, the intense and unwavering nausea… imagine waking up every day with a clear head, feeling great and ready to take on whatever life throws at you. It’s entirely possible!
- You will be able to show up for the people that care about you – the people you love and have probably been neglecting in lieu of your drinking. Chances are, you have replaced quality time spent with your friends and family members with looking for alcohol, getting drunk and recovering from getting drunk. Even if you are physically present, there is a very good chance that you aren’t emotionally or mentally available to those that need you. Getting sober will allow you to be there in every sense.
- You will be able to set and attain personal goals – even the ones that might seem lofty right now. Have you always wanted to travel to Dubai? Have you always wanted to learn how to paint, or open your own food truck? These might seem like lofty goals now, but that is likely because you have become a total slave to alcohol. Breaking free from addiction will free you up to do anything you want to do – literally!
- You’ll save an insane amount of money. Drinks are insanely expensive, especially if you go out to the bars multiple times a week. You will be shocked by how much you save if you quit drinking altogether.
- You won’t have to worry about getting into legal trouble. When we drink excessively our inhibitions are lowered significantly. Even if you have convinced yourself that you make good decisions when you’re drunk, there’s a very good chance that isn’t the case. Because alcoholism is a progressive disease, many people find themselves doing things that they never thought they would ever do, like getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk and ultimately getting a DUI, or sleeping with a stranger at a bar and contracting an STD. The best way to avoid alcohol-related consequences? Don’ t drink!
- Less drama. Do we even need to expand on this one?
- Your health will improve dramatically. Even if you don’t realize it, every time you drink alcohol you are doing extensive damage to your body. Every single one of the vital organs is affected by alcohol. Many mistakenly believe that drinking just does damage to the liver, but it also does extensive damage to the kidneys, the heart and the brain – just to name a few. Quit while you’re ahead and give your poor vital organs some time to heal! At Chapel Hill Detox, we prioritize a restoration of physical health, along with mental and emotional health. Not only are we dedicated to safe withdrawal in a structured environment, but we teach our patients about the extensive physical damage that drinking can – and will – do.
- You’ll start to learn more about who you actually are. When you drink all of the time, being a “party animal” will quickly become your identity. The thing is, that isn’t a real identity. Drinking is what you do, it certainly isn’t who you are. Once you quit drinking you’ll start learning about yourself. You’ll learn what you like, what you dislike, what you’re good at and what you aren’t so good at. The journey of self-discovery is worth sobriety in and of itself.
Chapel Hill Alcohol Detox
When not constantly overseen by a licensed team of medical professionals, alcohol detox can be extremely dangerous. In fact, alcohol is one of the only chemical substances that produces life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. At Chapel Hill Detox, we have extensive experience treating even the most severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, from seizures to delirium tremens. If you have been suffering at the hands of an alcohol abuse disorder of any severity, we are available to help. Our admissions process is quick and easy – simply give us a call and we will help you determine which level of clinical care will best suit your personal needs and recovery-related requirements. We look forward to speaking with you soon and getting you started on your own personal journey of alcohol addiction recovery today!