As a whole, the citizens of the world tend to overlook symptoms of alcoholism because we are possibly instigators. Society today is desensitized to seeing people in social situations that involve alcohol. Getting a little buzz is socially acceptable. Who actually pays attention to how many times a person refills his glass at a party? Who even cares? Most of the time, the others in the crowd are encouraging someone to have one more. Fear of being a party-pooper causes many people to overindulge despite their better judgment.
With this in mind, are there some specific signs of alcoholism that we look past? If we paid attention and noticed the signs, could we make a difference for someone who is heading down the road to alcoholism? Absolutely. So, what are some of the signs we need to be watching?
Symptoms of Alcoholism We Tend to Disregard
Not everyone who drinks socially will become an alcoholic. However, if you suspect you have a friend or loved one who displays some worrisome behaviors when alcohol is involved, or is showing the symptoms of alcoholism, it is time to pay attention. Some of the behaviors common to alcoholics that we tend to overlook include:
- They have plenty of excuses to justify their drinking, such as:
- “Had a rough day at work.”
- “Have to drink away my problems.”
- “Nobody understands me.”
- “Drinking helps me unwind and be myself.”
- They try to shift the blame:
- “You’re not so perfect yourself.”
- “You’re the reason I have to drink.”
- “You don’t appreciate me and all I do for you.”
- They think they are in control:
- “I’m not hurting anyone but myself.”
- “I can handle this.”
- “Nobody tells me what to do.”
- “I’ll quit tomorrow.”
- “It will never happen again.”
- “I don’t have the time or money for rehab.”
In most cases, a person close to the alcoholic is so used to hearing these excuses they tend to ignore them. Of course, it can be a little frightening to think about confronting this person about getting help. It’s easier just to leave them alone and not have to deal with the anger that might be stirred up. However, this is exactly what the person wants. They want to be left alone to drink all they want with no one judging them. In this way, the innocent person becomes an enabler without realizing what happened.
How to Overcome Denial and Seek Help
One way to help an alcoholic overcome denial is by conducting an intervention. In this way, friends and family can come together and tell the alcoholic the truth about how their lives have been negatively impacted by the intoxicated behavior. When planning an intervention, it is best to involve a professional interventionist who is trained to get the desired results. Of course, the goal of an intervention is to convince the alcoholic to enter treatment right away. For this reason, it is best to have a treatment program selected in advance so the person can begin treatment immediately following the intervention.
Of course, the goal of an intervention is to convince the alcoholic to enter treatment right away. For this reason, it is best to have a treatment program selected in advance so the person can enter treatment immediately following the intervention.
When choosing a treatment program, it is important to choose one that specializes in treating alcoholism. There are hundreds of programs available, and the decision will be difficult. However, you can get assistance by calling some of the facilities and ask a lot of questions about their program and success rates. The inpatient programs tend to have better success rates, so you should start with those. Find out why inpatient treatment is the most recommended form of therapy for alcoholism and take steps to arrange treatment for your loved one right away.
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