Are you wondering if you or someone you love needs to have professional treatment for alcohol abuse? If so, you can rest assured that competent, compassionate alcohol abuse treatment is nearby.
Let’s go over some key indicators that alcohol consumption has become a problem, and where you can go throughout Virginia for world-class rehab treatment for alcohol use.
#1: You Cannot Control the Amount of Alcohol You Consume
In fact, you tend to want to drink more and more. Adult males should consume no more than two drinks per day; for women, it’s one drink per day.
A “drink” equals a 12-ounce can or bottle of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces (a “shot”) of spirits – which means whiskey, vodka, gin, or brandy. If you find yourself drinking more and more alcohol than desired, seek professional help.
#2: Your Alcohol Consumption Impacts Your Health
If your primary care provider (PCP) has told you that your blood work and weight indicate a problem with blood alcohol, then it is best to talk to an alcohol abuse counselor for an evaluation and possible treatment.
#3: You Constantly Think About Alcohol and How to Get Your Next Drink
If you are addicted to alcohol, then alcohol is always on your mind. (It’s not on everyone else’s mind, despite what you may assume.) If you’re always thinking about how and when you’re going to have your next drink of alcohol, then you should see a behavioral health specialist.
#4: You Engage in Risky Behaviors When You Have Been Drinking
If you lose sight of needing to ask for someone to drive you home after you’ve been drinking – you insist that you’re “fine,” and you drive home (or to your next destination) even though others are telling you that someone else needs to drive – then you have a major problem. Keep in mind that this is dangerous not only for you but for others as well.
Most of us know someone who has been killed by a drunk driver, but a drunk driver never sets out to kill anyone. Don’t let that be you.
#5: You Need Alcohol to Feel Comfortable or Confident in Social Situations
You may drink to help you feel less nervous when going into stressful situations. You may also drink to help you sleep, or to feel better (albeit temporarily) if you’re sad or depressed. These are all red flags; see a mental health counselor for an evaluation and treatment that works for you.
#6: You Hide Your Drinking Habits
If you conceal alcohol at home, in the car, or at work, then it is a problem. Plus, you may buy alcohol at different locations so no one realizes how much you are purchasing.
#7: Your Job Performance and Relationships Are Going Downhill
If your superiors, co-workers, and/or loved ones have said you have alcohol on your breath, or you’re being told that your job performance is below par, these are all indicators that your drinking habit is negatively impacting your life.
Alcohol Abuse Treatment in Richmond, Danville, and Martinsville
You can get treatment, and you should. EPIC Health Partners provides a wide range of substance abuse services, including one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and more.
If you are having a crisis right now, you have options: Call the Suicide and Crisis Hotline at 988, call 911 to get an ambulance, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255), or text HOME to 741-741. You are never alone. We are here to help.