Recovering from Alcohol Abuse

Addiction to alcohol is still a very significant health problem in the United States. The most recent statistics show that 18 million Americans over the age of 18 have an alcohol use disorder. Worse than that, alcohol is also one of the deadliest substances in the world. It’s estimated that over 88,000 deaths are attributed to alcohol every year in the U.S. alone. Some of these deaths are traffic-related fatalities, but others are due to chronic liver disease, heart problems, and even brain damage through long-term alcoholism.

People use alcohol for a variety of different reasons. Some use it as a method to cope with stress. Others see it as a way to feel good and socialize with friends. There’s a fine line, however, between having a drink with a friend and binging to the point of losing control. So, how do you know when you have a problem with alcohol? Start by asking yourself some of the following questions:

  • Do you “binge” drink? Binging is generally considered to be five or more alcoholic beverages within a two-hour timeframe, and done solely for the purpose of inebriation or “getting drunk.”
  • Do you continue to drink alcohol, even after it has proven to cause serious problems with family and friends?
  • Have you given up on other activities that you once enjoyed in favor of drinking alcohol more often?
  • Has drinking alcohol affected your ability to work, take care of your family, or be accountable at home?
  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms, such as shaking, irritability, restlessness, or depression when the effects of alcohol begin to wear off?

If you feel like alcohol is controlling you, and affecting your ability to live your life the way you want, then you should seek help from a quality addiction treatment center.

At Compass Recovery, we are very experienced in treating addiction to alcohol and have all the knowledge and resources you need to get your life back. Through skilled counseling, peer support, and group activities, you’ll leave Compass Recovery ready to get your life back, free from the chains of addiction. Help is available today. Contact us for more information or immediate assistance.

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