When do you know your loved one starts having alcohol problems? It seems like this is the question most people have no idea how to answer, except when it is already too late. Spouses that fail to see the signs end up losing their partners to liquor, parents making the same mistake will destroy their child’s future and so on. These are the crude facets of ignorance, and we, at America’s Rehab Campuses, consider ignorance to be one of the most dangerous diseases of the modern age.
The alcohol treatment centers in Orange County are filled with people who have ignored the warning signs or who have lacked the parental guidance they needed to develop into knowledgeable, responsible adults. Many alcoholics are formed during their early years, usually as teenagers, when peer pressure and the need to fit in will steer them onto a descending path from which one will hardly ever recover.
There are three things you need to know:
- Alcoholism is preventable
- Alcohol abuse will eventually destroy the drinker’s life on all fronts
- The addictive behavior will never go away, once installed
With these in mind, caring for your love partner and looking after your child’s wellbeing all fall under the same umbrella: identify the signs of alcohol abuse and put a stop to it. But how do you do each of these things?
The long, painful road towards addiction
In a sense, alcoholism is more hazardous than opioids, primarily because it is easier to procure and secondly because it builds up in time, compared to the explosive advancement of drug addiction. The signs are all there. Take measures in time, and the patient might avoid ever getting to one of the many alcohol treatment centers in Orange County. But first you need to be able to identify them:
- Casual drinking – It is harmless in its initial stages. There is nothing wrong with having a drink once in a while, so long as the situation doesn’t repeat too often. But casual drinking is a volatile stage that can quickly progress to more advanced stages if left unsupervised.
- Repeated binge drinking – Binge drinking (heavy episode drinking) is defined as having five or more drinks over a short timespan, usually an hour or so; four in the case of women. Studies have shown that over 90% of the teenagers who consume alcohol resort to binge drinking regularly. Such behavior should immediately raise a red flag.
- Heavy alcohol use – As defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), heavy alcohol use represents resorting to binge drinking on at least five days over the past month. Here’s another red flag suggesting that the situation is getting ready to slip out of control.
- Full-on addiction – Symptoms like sudden mood swings, continually thinking about alcohol, constant hangover and looking for opportunities to drink are reliable indicators that something’s wrong.
Any stage can qualify for a rehab program in one of the many alcohol treatment centers in Orange County, and America’s Rehab Campuses is one of the most advanced in the business. Addiction can be controlled, and the patient’s life can be restored, but you need to take action as soon as possible. Don’t let the disease take over!