Am I Addicted to Alcohol?

Updated: Jun 4, 2021

There are many signs and symptoms associated with alcohol abuse disorder. The most telling of them is an inability to stop drinking or the presence of withdrawal symptoms. Generally speaking, you may have a problem with alcohol if you experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Habitual cravings to drink alcohol

  • Inability to control alcohol cravings

  • Thinking about alcohol at work or periodically throughout the day

  • Increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol

  • Drinking every day

  • Lying about drinking

  • Drinking to cope with stress

  • Neglecting responsibilities because of drinking

  • Experiencing problems at work or in your relationship related to drinking

  • Experiencing a legal problem related to alcohol such as a DUI

  • Not being able to control the amount you drink

  • Trying to stop drinking and not being able to

If you experience any of these or suffer the onset of withdrawal symptoms when you try to stop drinking, you should have your condition evaluated and get support to help you manage your addiction.

Getting Help for Alcohol Addiction

Many people make the mistake of thinking they can control their alcohol use. However, the very presence of an addiction suggests that such ‘control’ is a myth. Addiction isn’t just a physical problem. When a person is addicted to alcohol or a drug, they experience physical, psychological, and behavioral dependencies. Spending a stint in rehab to detox from alcohol only targets the physical dependence. Without focusing on the mental and behavioral elements of alcohol addiction, relapse is likely.

People who are serious about managing their substance addiction seek help. Once they’ve been through detox, they should spend time in therapy with a counselor or recovery coach who can provide them with the support they need to keep their recovery journey on track. Even after a long stint in a rehab program, people will need ongoing support--sometimes in excess of a year. Many people attend 12-step groups or meet with a recovery coach indefinitely because of the support it lends their lives.

How Can a Life Coach Help Me Prevent Relapse?

Addiction is a chronic disease. That means that there is no cure except for abstinence. Maintaining sobriety isn’t always easy even after the highest-quality addiction treatment. For this reason, many people who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs turn to ongoing therapy or counseling with a recovery coach to help them maintain their sobriety.

Women face a wide range of challenges. They may be struggling professionally or have difficulties with a partner. As many women age, they find that they are sandwiched between caring for their children and their aging parents at the same time--all while trying to maintain a career and household. Having someone to turn to for unbiased advice is extremely helpful for anyone, but certainly for someone who is trying to stay sober.

When working with a coach or counselor, you can discuss your triggers so that you can more easily recognize them when they show up in your life. Stress is a major trigger among women who drink. Alcohol can help us unwind, until, of course, it becomes a life stress of its own. Your counselor can work with you to find new ways to cope with triggers like stress or negative emotions such as fear or sadness.

Working together with your recovery coach, you can find many new strategies to prevent relapse. By finding effective methods to manage your triggers, you can support your goal of sober living. If you find yourself unable to manage your negative emotions, you’re at risk of relapsing. Rather than try to go it alone, reach out to someone who can help you during these high-risk times.

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