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How Do I Know If I Am Drinking Too Much?

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am-i-drinking-too-muchFor those of us who have gone through a treatment center for alcohol, we had at some point asked ourselves if going was the right choice. After taking the leap of faith and attending treatment, we found that there were many other people who had asked themselves the same question. In fact, we had a lot of questions. I’m sure one of those questions is, “Am I drinking too much?” followed by, “Maybe I can control it better next time.”

With the help of our therapists, other patients, and sober supports in the rooms, we found that we were not alone and that recovery was far better than any drunk we could imagine.

Drinking Too Much?

How many times have you attended a 12-step meeting only to relapse, proclaiming that the program of AA doesn’t work. We know many people who have had that same experience, and the missing link between you and long-term recovery might actually be an alcohol treatment program. You see, treatment is the discovery phase of recovery. It allows you to detox off alcohol safely while also helping you with cravings and withdrawals. In addition, it is a safe place to work through any issues that may be blocking you from truly quitting alcohol for good. It is in rehab that you learn tools to help you cope and deal with the disease of alcoholism.

All that you learn in treatment will help you to be able to absorb what the 12-step program has to offer you. We have seen thousands of alcoholics recover after leaving our program, and the common factor is that they fully submerged themselves into their treatment program and then fully submerged themselves in the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA wasn’t able to fully work in their lives until they were able to fully work the 12-steps, and treatment can help with that.

Do I Have A Problem With Alcohol?

If you are still not sure if you are drinking too much and need additional help, here are some questions that you can ask yourself to help you decide if attending an alcohol treatment center is right for you:

  1. Do you ever question if you are drinking too much? Have you ever tried to stop your drinking for a week, or more, and found you couldn’t fully commit?
  2. Have others commented on your drinking, even making suggestions to slow down or quit all together?
  3. Have you tried changing out drinks to see if you were able to control it better, only to find that you were still losing control over how much you took, or even how long you would go?
  4. Do you ever need a drink in the morning to get your day going? What about after work or school to relax? Do you ever need a drink to attend a social event or worry about drinks being available when invited out by friends?
  5. Do you find yourself getting into trouble when drinking? Is your drinking/using causing problems at home, at work or school, or in your social life?
  6. Have you found yourself trying to sneak extra drinks when no one is looking, or before going out, because you weren’t sure how much there would be available later?
  7. Have you ever tried to drink just enough to get a buzz and told yourself you wouldn’t drink any more, but couldn’t seem to resist drinking anyway?
  8. Have you ever made a promise to yourself that you would not drink at all that day or during that event, only to find yourself drunk again?
  9. Have you missed work, school, projects, social gatherings, or an important event because you were drunk or wanted to drink?
  10. Do you have blackouts or found yourself more than once passed out drunk before you were even able to go out and drink with friends?
  11. Do you ever wonder if your life would be better off if you did quit drinking? Do you find yourself scared to quit because of all the consequences that have come from it

If you answered yes to more than one of these questions, you may have a problem with alcohol. The good news is that there is a solution, and it doesn’t have to control your life, if you are willing for a change.

You Are Not Alone

Alcoholism is a disease and unfortunately, until recently, it hasn’t been treated like the health issue it is. The reason many alcoholics even question coming into treatment is because of fear. Fear of being judged or ridiculed, fear of actually stopping drinking and what life will be like, or fear of all the consequences that come because of the bottle. We get it. We understand what addiction to alcohol does because many of us here at The Watershed have been there too, and now stand sober helping others just like you. No matter what your resistance or fear is in getting sober, we can help. You can call us at 1-800-861-1768 to learn how.

We Do Recover

Recovery does work and we believe in the amazing work that Alcoholics Anonymous does. If you are drinking too much, but not ready to call us yet, please do not stop seeking help and do reach out to AA. You can find a meeting near you by visiting this link: AA meetings. We want to make sure that you know you are not alone and there is always help available somewhere. You just have to reach out and ask.

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