Around 1 in 10 Americans use alcohol or another type of mind-altering substance to cope with daily life. Here are just some of the signs that you or a loved-one has developed an addiction:
- Drinking Due to Emotional Highs and Lows or Consistently as a Way to De-Stress: An occasional drink after a stressful day is common, and so is an occasional celebratory one after good news. Yet when a person turns to alcohol or a substance to de-stress or to cope when experiencing charged emotions on a consistent basis, this is a sign of dependency.
- Legal Trouble Due to Alcohol Abuse: Charges such as a DUI, DWI, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and domestic disturbances fueled by alcohol and substance use are just a few of the warning signs of the legal troubles that can accumulate over time if someone is struggling with addiction. Multiple occurrences of these can be a red flag.
- Repeatedly Neglecting Responsibilities or Relationships: Typically alcohol abuse can interfere with daily life, causing a frequent user to neglect more tasks at home and work because they are too altered to fully perform their responsibilities. Relationships often suffer neglect as well, causing those closest to the user to become frequently frustrated and baffled at their loved one’s behavior.
- Alcohol Use in Dangerous Situations: There are a few situations where alcohol is inappropriate to consume, and using under these circumstances can indicate a problem: drinking and driving, drinking and operating heavy machinery, drinking while supervising minors, drinking while on prescription medication that prohibits drinking, and drinking against the medical advice of a doctor.
If you or someone you love is experiencing these problems, we at Sober Assistance can help. Our mission is to make recovery possible for anyone who seeks it—we offer free resources and connect you to a variety of options. Reach out to us to see how we can help.