How to Recognize an Alcohol Addiction

How to Recognize an Alcohol Addiction

Recognizing an alcohol addiction is not as easy as one might assume. Alcohol is socially acceptable, and even encouraged at times, so it’s not unusual to see people drinking. In fact, alcohol is often the focus of barbecues, music festivals, social gatherings and vacations. This makes it easy for someone with a developing addiction to blend in with others and downplay their problem. 

Now that summer's here and things are opening back up, we’re seeing alcohol flowing at bars, nightclubs, breweries, restaurants and other social gatherings. How can you tell if someone is taking things to the next level? Below you’ll find more information about alcohol addiction and the signs to pay attention to. 

What is Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is another name for alcohol addiction. It happens when you drink so much, the body becomes dependent on alcohol. If you don’t drink, you’ll end up experiencing intense cravings and withdrawal. This is what makes it so difficult to stop. 

People with AUD put alcohol first. It becomes the most important thing in their life, and they’ll continue to abuse it despite negative consequences. This is why many people who struggle with addiction often end up losing their jobs and families, as well as face legal and health problems. 

On the other hand, some people may drink but are not physically dependent on alcohol. This is called alcohol abuse. However, alcohol abuse can progress into AUD at any time. 

How Can I Tell if Someone Has an Alcohol Problem? 

Even though alcohol is socially acceptable, people with AUD can only hide behind their friends for so long. Eventually, problems will emerge. Here are some red flags to watch for:

  • Being unable to control how much they drink
  • Drinking throughout the day 
  • Experiencing urges to drink 
  • Having a tolerance to alcohol (needing to drink in larger quantities to get the same effects) 
  • Having to drink to feel “normal” or “good” 
  • Drinking alone or in secret - or getting a “head start” before everyone else 
  • Continuing to drink despite negative consequences 
  • Preferring to drink over other activities 
  • Only attending events where alcohol is served 

What are the Next Steps? 

If you feel that someone has an alcohol addiction, or they have admitted their problem to you, the next step is to research addiction treatment in Agoura. In many cases, addicts have a hard time seeing their problem and need an intervention to come to terms with their addiction. If you decide to go this route, talk to a mental health professional or interventionist first. 

The good news is that there are many treatment centers and approaches to handling AUD. And the best part is, a person does not have to hit rock bottom to access them. Treatment is available for people in all stages of addiction. The sooner a person gets help, the easier their addiction is to treat. 

Even those who feel like they’ve lost it all have plenty of hope. People recover from addiction every day with the right help. Today’s rehabs in Agoura are more innovative, effective and enjoyable than ever before. We encourage you to choose a treatment program that offers both science-backed and holistic therapies. 

Seek Recovery at Awakenings Treatment Center 

Awakenings Treatment Center is located in Agoura, CA where the sun shines almost daily! We have experience treating clients with alcohol addiction and are comfortable treating co-occurring mental health problems as well. As an outpatient treatment center, you can access flexible, accommodating rehab that allows you to maintain your normal schedule. To learn more about our outpatient rehab in Agoura, contact us today.