The word “addiction” can mean different things to different people. At Carus Recovery, we can help those who have a problem with alcohol to discover the underlying traumas of which the addiction is a symptom. Often, we receive phone calls from people asking: “I think my loved one has an alcohol problem, but how can I know for sure?” It can be difficult to tell, even if you think someone does. We always encourage those who believe that they or someone they care about has a problem to give us a call. Below, we’ve cataloged some signs that may show an alcohol addiction in Los Angeles.
Alcohol Use Disorder
That’s one technical name for someone who has a problem with alcohol. This particular disorder is in the “DSM” (which is an acronym for “Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”) To be clear, when you come to Carus, we don’t treat the symptoms, we treat what’s causing them. So, these are symptoms that could be a sign that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol. When you come to us, we’ll work with understanding what’s causing them, and then helping to overcome them.
Many of the earlier signs of alcohol use disorder are what you might guess they are. They include “cravings, or a strong desire to use alcohol” as well as spending plenty of time seeking, drinking, and then recovering from alcohol. Then, you can see a progression to something like being unable to cut down on alcohol use despite a desire to do so. That’s a key point: if you or someone you love is unable to stop using alcohol in spite of a clear, expressed willingness to do so, then that’s the very definition of an addiction problem.
Other signs of Alcohol Use Disorder show how alcohol abuse can escalate, getting worse and worse as a person becomes more dependent upon it. This includes continuing to abuse alcohol despite negative interpersonal or social problems likely due to alcohol use. If you or someone you care about has found that alcohol is taking a toll on their relationships, is aware of it, and continues to abuse alcohol, then that’s as clear a sign of a problem as any. Additionally, using alcohol in physically dangerous situations is another sign that you should get help immediately. In context, these physically dangerous situations include driving, operating heavy machinery, and so forth.
Help with an Alcohol Addiction in Los Angeles
Those are just a few of the signs that someone may have a problem with alcohol. If that behavior describes you or someone that you care about, it’s important to know that there is help available out there. Here at Carus, we have the kind of therapeutic modalities that can discover exactly what’s causing your alcohol problems, and then, working together, we can help you to overcome them. To start the process, message us through our site or call us at (888) 616-9024.