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06.20.2018

How To Tell If A Family Member Needs Alcohol Rehab

Watching a loved one suffer with an alcohol addiction is truly heartbreaking. You may want to help not know how to do so. Furthermore, you may not actually know if your loved one needs rehab or if you are misreading the situation. While a professional’s guidance is really needed to make an accurate determination, you can look for signs in the following categories:

  • Mental signs
  • Emotional signs
  • Physical signs

Mental and emotional signs might seem difficult to decipher. However, take notice of how your loved ones are acting when they consume alcohol. If they are drinking excessively and becoming violent or abusive in any way, you then know that they are likely in need of rehab. Furthermore, you can gauge how drinking is affecting their responsibilities. For example, they might be sleeping passed their alarm clock in the morning and missing work, or they may be failing to complete assignments for class or to attend class because they are constantly abusing alcohol. These deleterious activities are signs of a major problem.

Also, your loved ones might talk to you about how they are feeling. They may very well express to you that they feel as though they need to drink alcohol in order to handle the problems in their lives. Instead of seeking productive strategies for tackling the challenges of life, they are turning to alcohol. This behavior should signal to you that rehab is needed.

Physical Signs Of Alcoholism

Sometimes, the physical signs of alcohol abuse are harder to notice. However, you may begin to see that your loved ones are losing a great deal of weight or that they often look sickly or gaunt. The excessive alcohol abuse might begin to weaken their immune systems. You can also look for other physical behavior that signals a problem. Think about how they act when you first walk into a celebration or a restaurant together. In the event that they immediately pour themselves a drink or making getting to the bar a major priority, you likely know that the time has come to seek help.

Talking to your loved ones about going to alcohol treatment can seem difficult. When you notice these signs though, take into account how much they need you. You can call 800-737-0933 to speak with a representative for assistance.

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