Fact #5: Alcohol Addiction is Progressive.
Alcohol use disorders are progressive, meaning when left untreated associated symptoms continue to worsen in severity. If a person who is struggling with alcohol addiction refuses help, the consequences of the addiction will continue accumulating until they are unmanageable. This is why it’s a good idea to enter into a recovery program as soon as you experience symptoms of addiction. For example, an inability to control how much you drink, cravings for alcohol, an increased tolerance and personal consequences resulting directly from your alcohol use. The sooner you catch an alcohol use disorder the more likely you are to recover in full.
Fact #6: Attempting Alcohol Detox Alone is Dangerous.
Some people attempt to detox from alcohol on their own, assuming the worst symptoms they will experience are a little bit of anxiety and stomach cramping. The truth is, alcohol withdrawal can be extremely dangerous when attempted alone — regardless of the severity of the alcohol use disorder. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we effectively treat all symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal — physical and psychological — as soon as they develop.
Fact #7: People Can Hide an Alcohol Addiction.
If a person is unfamiliar with what alcohol addiction looks like, they might assume someone struggling with alcohol addiction looks disheveled and red-eyed and constantly reeks of booze. The truth is, some people (the functioning alcohol-dependent) can easily hide their drinking and carry on with their day-to-day lives. They might successfully hide their drinking from others for months or even years. Because of this, it is important for you to be honest with yourself if you feel your drinking is getting out of hand.