Perhaps the question we’re asked the most is: “how do I know if someone has a problem with alcohol?” Movies and TV have conditioned us to believe that someone only needs help if they’ve “bottomed out,” or reached some kind of nadir, such as being arrested for drunk driving, drunk and disorderly, and so forth. The truth is that many more people need alcohol detox in Los Angeles who never quite have something that bad occur.
Early Warning Signs
These aren’t signs that we ourselves have written up. The signs discussed below were originally outlined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, much better known as the “DSM-5.” Someone with these signs could have Alcohol Use Disorder, commonly abbreviated as “AUD.” The first few signs are things that could happen to anyone: “being unable to cut down on alcohol use despite a desire to do so” and “using alcohol in higher amounts or for a longer time than originally intended.” Many people who don’t have a problem with alcohol have had that happen to them. Which is why duration is key.
Signs Over a Twelve Month Period
For someone to specifically have this Alcohol Use Disorder, they must have had these signs “within the same 12-month period.” So, if this is a consistent behavior that occurs over the course of a year, then a person could have a problem. Another early sign is “spending a lot of time obtaining, using, and recovering from the effects of alcohol.” It’s one thing to go out and get a drink, drink too much, and then have a tough hangover, but if it keeps happening, or happens too often, then those could be clear signs of a problem.
“Being unable to fulfill major obligations at home, work, or school because of alcohol use.” By the time someone progresses to this step, they could truly have a problem. Most people who don’t suffer from an alcohol use disorder never gets to this point, where it significantly impacts their life on a consistent basis. By that same token, another important sign is “continuing to abuse alcohol despite negative interpersonal or social problems that are likely due to alcohol use.” When this happens to you more than once, then it’s definitely time to seek help. By that same token, if someone you love acts like this, then you want to do what you can to get them help, too.
First Steps: Alcohol Detox in Los Angeles
At Carus Recovery, alcohol detox is the first step. It’s the first stage when you come to our facility: we make sure that you get all of the toxins out of your system, so that you can start fresh, renewed. This stage can be difficult and dangerous, which is why we make sure you always have medical professionals watching over you. For help on how to come to our facility and get started, you can message us through our site or call (888) 616-9065.