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Becoming an Alcoholic

Becoming an alcoholic is a process that doesn’t happen the very first time the person takes a sip of alcohol. Often, it is a development that happens over a long period of time. The individual initially uses alcohol recreationally, socially to have a good time with those around them. As they enjoy themselves, the way the alcohol makes them feel, they want to recreate that feeling again. Perhaps they are bored, maybe they are feeling stressed or they just want to relax and unwind – they choose to have a drink and it does the trick. They have found a solution to the issue they were having and they now know that when they feel that way they can turn to alcohol to make them feel better.

Overcoming Alcoholism

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Alcohol AbuseThe person will begin to rely on alcohol more and more to solve their problems…in turn creating additional problems in their life caused by their drinking. They may receive DUI’s, have problems in their relationships or family life and/or their career.  As the individual continues to drink their body becomes used to the alcohol. This is called tolerance and is the primary reason why one person feels tipsy after one glass of wine, and for another it takes several more to feel the effects of the alcohol.

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A person who continues to drink and gets drunk regularly will likely suffer from blackouts. A blackout is when you do not remember part or all of the time you were intoxicated. The next day you forget what you said the night before or how you got home. This startles the drinker in the beginning, but later on he or she deals with it with a sense of indifference. This is the downward spiral into addiction; the person turns a blind eye to the symptoms of their alcohol abuse and continues to use despite the negative consequences.

Due to the excessive amount of alcohol the person consumes they begin to experience problems brought on by their drinking; these can be physical and social problems. They may lose touch with their non-drinking friends and associates, may experience issues at work or school and will likely have some degree of financial problems. The question “do I drink because I have problems, or do I have problems because I drink?” becomes the question. The answer, it is likely that you drink because you are using an ineffective method (alcohol) to solve your problems.

Entering an alcohol drug rehab program will help to end your problem drinking. Programs such as Narconon Fresh Start are equipped to address the specific issues of alcoholism as well as other substances. Their programs have some of the highest success rates in the field of recovery; A profound amount of their graduates achieve lasting sobriety after completing the program. In addition to their superior success rate, they also provide a written guarantee to the graduates of their programs. This ensures that if for any reason in the six months after completing treatment a graduate experiences any need to return to the center they attended they may do so for an advanced treatment review. For over 45 years their drug rehab programs have been helping people get off the addictive substances they are dependent on and regain the life they imaged they would be living before their addiction took hold of them.

Also read: What you May Not Know About Alcohol Abuse

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45 days clean and sober

Narconon Fresh Start Success StoryTo me, success is 45 days clean and sober. My physical well being has improved, I have increased mental capacity, my blood pressure is normal, I have a healthy weight to height ratio, a regular bowel movement, I’m practicing staying on schedule, I’m tolerating social stress all while maintaining my sobriety.
– N. L.

What is an alcohol intervention?

Drug and Alcohol AddictionAn alcohol intervention is a process used to address a loved one’s problems with alcohol. The primary goal is to get the alcoholic or problem drinker to acknowledge their addiction and realize that they need help to stop drinking. A successful intervention is when the addicted person realizes that they have a serious alcohol addiction problem and that their drinking is hurting themselves as well as those who care about them. They come to realize that in order to stop their drinking they need to enroll in an alcohol drug rehab in order to achieve lasting sobriety.

When an alcoholic is deep in their addiction they will often be oblivious to how serious their problems with alcohol really are. They may look at their friends and acquaintances and feel as though their drinking is not problematic or out of control and that they have no reason to put down the bottle. This is why holding an alcohol intervention can be an important part of getting your loved one the help they need. By speaking with them about their self-destructive behavior you are opening up the lines of communication and showing them that their problems with alcohol need to be addressed.

When you are ready to hold the alcohol intervention there are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • the timing
  • your tone
  • ultimatums
  • treatment options

It is vital to hold the intervention when the person is sober. It may be challenging to find just the right moment when your loved one is clear-headed and the other people who are supporting you in the intervention are available; do your best. If the addict is intoxicated there is no point in trying to reason with them and address their addiction issues. They will likely blow you off, not remember the intervention or become confused and hostile; find another time.

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When you speak with your loved one about their problems with alcohol you need to be mindful of your tone. Your tone should be non-judgmental, non-critical and empathetic. Think of it this way, no one likes to hear bad things about themselves and the way they have hurt others; it is likely that your loved one will become standoffish and defensive at first. This is normal and should be expected. Keep your cool and do not engage in an argument or become hostile towards them. Talk to them about how you remember the way they were before alcohol became a problem. Let them know how much you miss the “old” them. Tell them that you are there to support them and look forward to the future when they will sober.

Another part of an alcohol intervention is using your positive influence to change your own behavior and that of the addict. Before the intervention think of the ways that you enable them to continue with their self-destructiveness:

  • do you loan them money
  • do you give them a place to stay
  • do you make excuses for them
  • do you drive them to purchase alcohol when they are too intoxicated to do it themself

Set ultimatums that you are willing to hold firm to and let them know that you will no longer help them in that manner. You will need to pick actions that you can truly follow through with, otherwise it is wasted time if the addict knows that you say one thing but are easily persuaded to do what they want. Remember, if your loved one does not stop drinking and get the help that they need you will need to follow through with the ultimatums you have stated.

One last key part of preparing for an alcohol intervention is locating alcohol drug rehab options that are available the very day of the intervention. This helps to ensure that the alcoholic has a place to go if they agree they are ready to stop drinking and get help. Call around and do your research. Ask lots of questions about the treatment programs:

  • how long have they been in business
  • what is their long-term success rate
  • what are their treatment methods
  • are they drug-free or do they use prescription medications during their rehabilitation process
  • what is their treatment philosophy
  • do they carry the appropriate accreditation
  •  can you speak with any graduates or parents of graduates
  • do they have any type of guarantee

Also, be sure to let them know that you are going to be holding an alcohol intervention; they may even have some tips or helpful advice as well to make the process go even smoother.

When the time comes to hold your alcohol intervention, be strong and supportive towards the addict. It is helpful if you have other family and friends to assist you and provide loving examples of how the addict’s drinking is causing problems. Employing loved ones can also help to keep the addict sober before the intervention, help to get them to stay at the intervention (should they want to leave) and get the alcoholic to open up if they begin to shut everyone out.

If your loved one does not choose to stop drinking on the exact day of the alcohol intervention it does not mean that it was unsuccessful. Some addicts need time to think about what their loved ones have communicated to them. It may only take days or weeks before they come around and acknowledge that they need and want help to stop drinking. Those who don’t will still benefit from hearing what those who love them think about their drinking and it will plant the seed in their minds that they may have a drinking problem.

Are you an Alcoholic?

Smoking and Drinking AlcoholProblems with alcohol develop over time and can be difficult to identify. Knowing the common signs of alcoholism will help you determine whether you or your loved one has a drinking problem. While countless people in our country abuse or overuse alcohol, they are not physically dependent on it. If alcohol were removed from their lives they would not suffer any physical withdrawal symptoms or severe cravings to drink. On the other hand, a person who is an alcoholic and has to go without drinking will experience a number of withdrawal symptoms.

Some of the initial signs of an alcohol abuse or addiction problem include tolerance, withdrawal, denial and out-of-control drinking. Tolerance is when the user’s body begins to need more and more of the said substance to achieve the desired effect. For example, a person who once only drank a beer or two now needs four or five to experience the buzz that comes from alcohol. Professionals in the field of addiction share that an increased tolerance is one of the first major warning signs of alcoholism.

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Withdrawal is the next issue when it comes to answering, what are common signs of alcoholism? When the user’s body begins to depend on the substance and it is no longer provided, they experience withdrawal. Depending on the severity of the alcoholic’s problem they may suffer jumpiness, shaking, sweating, vomiting, fatigue, insomnia and depression. In rare cases, withdrawal can be serious or dangerous and include symptoms of fever, hallucinations and seizures.

Many people who have problems with alcohol are in denial about their level of dependence. A person who is in denial about their alcohol use may underestimate how much they are actually drinking. They may become defensive when confronted by family and loved ones and downplay how much they consume. They might turn the attention back on the loved one and say that they are making a big deal out of nothing or blame their alcohol use on problems they are experiencing in their life (i.e. work, school, relationships, money, etc.).

Out-of-control drinking is another one of the common signs of alcoholism. A person who is struggling with early stages of alcoholism will have a limited ability to show self-control when it comes to their alcohol consumption. As their problem progresses they may choose to drink alone and/or in secret. Alcoholics are known for keeping a constant supply of alcohol in the house as well as hiding alcohol is peculiar places so that it is always accessible to them. As their addiction spirals out of control they will lose interest in their family and friends. They may develop problems financially, legally, in their personal health and other areas of their life.

Drinking and driving is a major problem among alcoholics. They drink more than they think they do and then get behind the wheel. This may happen unintentionally because as an alcoholic their ability to judge how much is too much no longer exists. Their actions take on a new level of recklessness because their drinking now affects more than just them; it affects all those who are on the road with them while they are intoxicated behind the wheel.

Another sign of alcoholism is having the desire to cut-back or stop drinking all together and not being able to. This is a classic symptom of addiction. Even though the person knows that their drinking is negatively affecting them they cannot stop drinking. This is a wakeup call for the drinker. They cannot stop on their own and need to take a hard look at getting help for their addiction problem.

People suffering from alcoholism will often neglect activities that were once important to them. They begin to spend more and more time getting alcohol, drinking and getting drunk and then recovering from their overindulgence. It takes up so much of their time that they no longer have the energy to engage in hobbies or spend time with people they care about.

Suffering from blackouts and memory loss are common signs of alcoholism. An alcoholic may drink so much that they suffer a blackout or partial memory loss. They cannot remember their actions during a period of time that they were under the influence. During a blackout the alcoholic may say or do things to those they care about and have no recollection of it. Their hurtful words or behavior can leave lasting emotional and physical scars that they personally will never be able to recall inflicting. Also, alcoholics are known for breaking their word. They may have the best of intentions to attend their child’s dance recital or soccer game, to pay their bills on time or not call in sick for work. These good intentions never come to fruition because the alcoholic does not follow through.

The downward spiral of alcoholism doesn’t have to continue. Contacting Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab can put you or the person you care about on the right path to getting the necessary treatment to break the cycle. Their drug-fee, non-traditional rehabilitation philosophy has helped thousands of alcoholics over the past 45 years end their struggles with alcohol and other addictive substances and learn to live a sober, productive and happy life. The results their program is able to achieve are unsurpassed in the field of addiction recovery; with over three-quarters of their graduates continuing a clean and sober lifestyle after completing the program.

Realizing You’re an Addict

Some people are able to use drugs or alcohol recreationally, meaning that they do no experience negative consequences due to their substance use or develop an addiction problem. On the other hand, there are a large number of individuals who find that their substance use has escalated to the point where it causes them problems at work, home, school and in their relationships. What was once a fun or stress relieving activity has now left them feeling helpless, isolated and ashamed.

For the addicted person, it sometimes seems that it’s as if you wake up one morning and suddenly realize you’re an addict. When this realization hits home and you finally grasp what it means to be so dependent on a substance that you have lost nearly everything you previously valued, it can feel overwhelming. If you personally have developed an addiction problem or if someone you care about struggles with addiction it is important that you know there is help available.

Narconon Fresh Start has several drug rehab programs available to help you or the person you care about find a permanent solution to ending addiction. Their drug rehab programs are located in a variety of settings and provide clients with the seclusion and safety they need while they rehabilitate and recover. With centers in Colorado, Texas, Nevada and California there is sure to be a drug rehab treatment location that meets you or your loved one’s specific needs.

Meet Narconon Fresh Start’s Drug Rehab Centers:

Sunshine Summit Lodge was formerly an executive retreat. Its open spaces, beautiful scenery and fresh country air provides program participants with a healthy change of environment. Located in the picturesque hills of Northern San Diego, this drug rehab center is a safe sanctuary to focus on one’s recovery.

Rainbow Canyon Retreat is one of Narconon Fresh Start centers and is located near Caliente, Nevada. This facility rests on 320 acres and was formerly a dude ranch. Made up of several buildings on the property, the main log cabin style house sits on active cattle and horse grazing land giving the center a country ranch feel. With the closest city 160 miles away, this country retreat is the ideal setting to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Fort Collins New Life Center is located just east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. This drug rehab facility provides clients with an accommodating, yet secure residential treatment environment to address their addiction problem. With park-like grounds, mountain views and fresh air – the process of recovering from addiction is made much more amiable.

Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas rests in the heart of the majestic Rio Grande Valley. This drug rehab program is surrounded by lush farmland and provides recovering clients the peace and quiet necessary during their recovery. Situated on 17 lush acres, this drug rehab center is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape. Program participants find Lone Star Victory Ranch welcoming and homey with the ability to take walks or jogs around the lovely fountain and pond or go fishing in the little river that borders the property.

When you or your loved one is ready for help, Narconon Fresh Start intake counselors will are here to assist you in locating a drug rehab program ideal for your personal recovery needs. Each of their treatment centers operates under the same rehabilitation philosophy and treatment methods ensuring that no matter which program you attend you will receive the best quality care available.

What sets Narconon Fresh Start programs apart from other treatment centers is their rehabilitation philosophy. It is not based on the disease model of addiction that dictates a person with an addiction problem will always be an addict with an incurable disease; a disease they cannot ever overcome but only hope to learn to cope with for the rest of their lives. Instead, Narconon Fresh Start uses an education rehabilitation philosophy based on locating, confronting and resolving the root causes of their program participant’s addiction problem and the numerous behaviors associated with it as well.

While clients enter Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs as addicts or alcoholics, they soon become students learning the important educational life skills and tools necessary to become truly rehabilitated. When they graduate from the program they no longer use the labels of addict or alcoholic because they have fully recovered from their addiction problem.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers provide their clients with much more than just helping them get off the addictive substances they are dependent on. These treatment programs teach clients about themselves: why they act and react the way they do, why they choose drug or alcohol use to solve their issues, how to take control over themselves and their environment as well as how to prevent future relapse when they return home. Program graduates learn valuable life skills that benefit them throughout their lives. They strengthen their able to confront difficult or stressful situations without resorting to substance use, they develop effective communication skills, they learn how to stay in the moment instead of sinking back into past thoughts or behaviors and they receive ethics training to help them become a more honorable and moral version of themselves.

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