Have you ever considered the question, “Am I an alcoholic?” In short, just asking yourself the question may indicate that you have a problem. Generally speaking, a person that has not had issues arise from their alcohol use wouldn’t even ask the question. But how can you be sure? Through years of treating alcoholics, clinicians, doctors and therapists have encountered several similar symptoms of alcoholism in their patients. Perhaps, examining some of these symptoms and asking further questions can lead you toward a healthier way of living.
Symptoms of Alcoholism
Alcoholics in recovery quickly discover for the first time in their lives that they are not alone. While every individual’s situation, background, and experience is unique, the following symptoms are common. Can you identify with these experiences?
- Wanting to but being unable to reduce your drinking
- Spending a significant amount of time drinking, thinking about drinking, or trying to get alcohol
- Having constant cravings for alcohol when you are not drinking
- An inability to live up to daily obligations to your work, family, or other commitments
- Drinking despite complications that it has already caused with your family, work, or social circle
- Decreasing time spent interacting with friends or engaging in activities that you usually enjoy
- Using alcohol in situations that could cause you physical harm (DUI)
- A drastic difference in personality when drunk as opposed to sober
- Increased tolerance causing you to consume more alcohol to achieve the desired effect
- Drinking to avoid withdrawal symptoms like shakes, nausea, headaches, sweats, and vomiting
If you have experienced some or all of these, it may be time for some help from an alcohol detox program in FL.
High-Functioning or Functional Alcoholics
Perhaps, you haven’t previously explored alcoholism. If that is the case, you may only be familiar with the stereotypes. What you may have noticed about the list above is that it doesn’t include things like homeless, unemployed or unreliable. Indeed, advanced stages of alcoholism can lead to all of those things, but alcoholics can be very resilient. You may have heard the terms high-functioning or functional alcoholic.
Despite outward appearances, a person with a successful career, a seemingly happy family life, and an active social life can still be struggling with alcoholism. Therefore, before the disease progresses, it may be difficult for friends, family, or coworkers to sense that there is a severe underlying issue.
Functional Alcoholism and Denial
Whatever stage an alcoholic has reached in their disease, denial is a constant presence. However, functional alcoholics are adept at hiding their disease and more easily fall victim to a belief in their denial.
Often, functioning alcoholics do not drink every day. They may only drink high-end and expensive wines and liquors. They manage to maintain the status quo of their lives by controlling the timing of their drinking or keeping it completely hidden. It will take some time before a functional alcoholic will even consider the question, “Am I an alcoholic?”
Moreover, it is possible for people working closely, or even family members living with an alcoholic, to not recognize a problem. Often, alcoholics will use their successes as an excuse to drink or blame a night out binging on the culture of their workplace. Since the repercussions haven’t begun to surface, coworkers often encourage nights out of excessive drinking, and family members will excuse it as being part of the pressure of the job.
Am I an alcoholic?
Asking yourself the question “Am I an alcoholic?” is, at the very least, an indication that there is a problem. If alcohol continues to dominate your life, you can regain control. Addiction to alcohol is treatable with the help of professionals at a quality rehab like Tides Edge Detox in Jacksonville, FL. Contact us today online or call us at 866.723.3127 to take your first steps on the road to recovery.