Alcohol is socially acceptable in our society, which can blur the lines between normal and abnormal drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction reports that 86.4% of people ages 18 and over have drank alcohol at some point in their lives. Fifty-six percent say they have drank in the last month.
There are also certain times of the year when drinking is more prevalent, such as around the summer and winter holidays. Blackout Wednesday, for example, is the most popular night of the year for bars. With so much alcohol engrained in our society, how can you tell the difference between casual drinking and alcoholism?
Supportive Alcohol Rehab in Phoenix
If you find yourself questioning the drinking habits of yourself or a loved one, Continuum Recovery Center is here to help. We have a holistic approach that incorporates emotional, spiritual and physical treatment. All services are delivered in a safe, supportive outpatient treatment center with housing. Our clients enjoy this setup, as they receive comprehensive care during the day and the convenience of returning to our sober houses at night.
Let’s learn more about the signs of an alcohol problem and when alcohol rehabilitation is necessary.
Defining Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
There’s nothing wrong with having a couple of drinks at a party or enjoying a glass of wine at dinner, unless you have religious or personal reasons for not doing so. The trouble comes when you start abusing the substance.
Alcohol abuse refers to a pattern of behavior where a person abuses alcohol. They might drink excessively, frequently or both. Alcoholism is addiction and refers to a physical or psychological need to continue using alcohol despite negative consequences.
Understanding Heavy Drinking in Adults
So what exactly is excessive drinking? According to Mayo Clinic, heavy drinking in men is more than four drinks per day and more than 14 in a week. For women under the age of 65, heavy drinking is more than three drinks a day and more than seven a week.
For some people, it’s not the frequency of drinking that’s the problem but rather how much is consumed at a single time. Binge drinking refers to consuming a large amount of alcohol at once. For men, it’s five or more drinks in two hours, and for women, it’s four or more drinks in two hours.
Warning Signs of a Drinking Problem
It’s difficult to diagnose someone over a computer, so we highly recommend calling Continuum Recovery Center if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one. This way, we can talk about the issue and determine the best route of care. In the meantime, here are some red flags that strongly indicate an addiction to alcohol and a need for alcohol rehab in Phoenix.
- Lost interest in activities and hobbies that were once fun
- Unable to stop drinking despite negative consequences
- Making drinking a priority over everything else
- Drinking alone or in secrecy
- Pre-drinking before attending an event
- Inability to control consumption
- Suffering physical effects
- Extreme mood swings and irritability
- Starting the day with a drink
- Alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- Cravings for alcohol
There is no profile of an alcoholic. A person can have a full-time career and a family and still struggle with an alcohol dependency. In fact, forming stereotypes about who is and is not an alcoholic can delay intervention. Addiction does not discriminate.
Outpatient Services with Sober Housing
Continuum Recovery Center has a unique setup where clients receive treatment during the day and retreat back to our houses at night. To ensure our clients receive specialized care, we have 24-hour support staff available. Our clients enjoy having a more “real life” arrangement and not being stuck under one roof in a residential facility. This makes them more receptive to getting the help they need.
Aside from individual, group and family therapy, our clients also receive education regarding their alcohol problem. Alcohol is a unique substance because it is legal. You can work hard to reduce temptation, but it’s likely that you will have some run-ins with alcohol, which wouldn’t be the case with illicit drugs. Alcohol is served at restaurants, bowling alleys, sporting events and even some movie theaters. It can also show up at work parties, holiday events and summer barbecues. This is why education is crucial.
Part of our program is spent figuring out the “why” of the alcohol addiction. What led you to abuse alcohol? What does alcohol do for you that you like? Does it numb your emotions? Increase your confidence? By understanding these feelings, you can protect your recovery by developing healthy coping skills such as deep breathing, yoga and meditation.
For more information regarding our outpatient alcohol rehabilitation services in Phoenix, AZ, call Continuum Recovery Center today. We are happy to speak with you and discuss the options for yourself or a loved one.