What Are the Signs of Alcohol Dependency?

An alcohol use disorder, or alcoholism, is considered a progressive disease. Simply put, when you have an alcohol use disorder, the alcohol you consume, and its effects on your health, usually become more severe over time. It also means that many people show early signs of a problem before they progress into dependency or full-blown alcoholism.

At Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers, our skilled team specializes in addiction treatment at every stage, including those involving alcohol use. 

Understanding alcohol use disorder

Approximately 18 million American adults have an alcohol use disorder, ranging from mild to severe. The main thing they have in common is that this unhealthy alcohol use puts the person’s health and safety at risk or leads to other alcohol-related problems.

When you have a substance use issue, we often divide them into two categories: abuse and dependence. 

Alcohol abuse

Someone who abuses alcohol typically continues drinking even though it causes recurring problems in their life. These issues can vary from relationship and health problems to employment and legal troubles. 

Alcohol dependence

People with alcohol dependence often need outside support to help them stop drinking because of four primary symptoms:

Whether you abuse alcohol or have a dependency problem, consuming too much can put your health — and the health of others — at risk.

Recognizing the signs of an alcohol use disorder

You may be able to recognize the signs of an alcohol use disorder in you or a loved one if you reflect on the past year and ask the following questions. Did you or a loved one:

Answering “yes” to at least two of these questions could indicate an alcohol use disorder. And if you answered “yes” to multiple questions, this may indicate a more serious problem.

Finding help for alcohol dependency

An alcohol use disorder can cause significant distress and can be difficult to treat on your own, whether you abuse alcohol or have a dependency problem. However, our experienced team can provide the solutions you need every step of the way.

At Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers, we usually rely on a combination of interventions. These often include proven addiction treatment medications and behavioral health therapy to help you manage your alcohol cravings. With our support team, we’ll help you or your loved one recover, heal, and find long-term success in our safe and supportive environment.

If you or someone you love has a dependency problem, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers today.

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