Every year the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month. It’s a time they dedicate to increase public awareness of the signs of alcohol problems and to decrease public stigma regarding those problems and getting help.
The following are some general signs of alcohol use problems:
1. Alcohol is used in effort to decrease stress/anxiety or in response to an argument.
2. Alcohol is consumed on a daily basis
3. The drinker has experienced blackouts (memory loss).
4. The drinker has had a drink to get over a hangover
5. The drinker’s friends have been concerned about their behavior when they drink
6. The alcohol has been part of the problems in the drinker’s relationship (i.e. having arguments with a partner while he/she is drinking).
I’ve spent the bulk of my career working to help people get recovery and live healthy lives free of drug and alcohol dependence. If you know someone who you think needs help, I’d love to talk to you or them to help decide how to embark on their path to recovery. It is not an easy journey, but it is definitely worth the effort. Sometimes a person needs any combination of support services to help them succeed at their goal. Seeking help is often a courageous first step towards recovery. A call is all it takes to get started. I can be reached at (619) 702-5571. If you/your friend needs more than outpatient therapy, I’m happy to connect them to more intensive services in their area.
Thank you – & Best wishes for success to you!