When a person drinks excessive amounts of alcohol despite the negative consequences that it causes, he or she might have a drinking problem. A person with a drinking problem cannot control how much they drink or continues to drink after having too much. The brain becomes a hostage to alcohol as the person drinks more of it.
Alcohol leads to mental and physical health issues. It can worsen co-occurring mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD and can cause organ failure, overdose, or early death.
Some signs of a drinking problem:
- Drinking more than intended
- Inability to cut back on drinking
- A lot of time spent thinking about alcohol and the next drink
- Missing work, school, or other important activities
- Having relationship problems due to drinking alcohol
- A lot of time recovering from the effects of alcohol
If your loved one has a drinking problem, you might feel overwhelmed and not know what to do. There are some “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to be aware of before approaching him or her with your concerns:
- Never use shameful, demeaning, or negative language
- Do not threaten or plead
- Do not lecture
- Do not use labels when talking about the problem
- Express your concern for his or her health
- Offer to see an addiction counselor with him or her
- Use “I” statements to express how his or her drinking affects you
A person might not be aware he or she has a drinking problem and could have an underlying mental health issue that needs to be addressed. Many people with depression, anxiety, or PTSD turn to alcohol as a way to escape the symptoms of their mental health condition. The individual can feel guilty, ashamed, and worthless.
Encourage your loved one to get help and offer to go with him or her to see a counselor or therapist who specializes in alcohol addiction. Attend group meetings with him or her and show your loved one that you care about his or her well-being. Give your loved one the opportunity to live a fulfilling, happy, healthy life in sobriety.
Do not let addiction destroy your life. If you or a loved one struggles with addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877