How to Treat Alcoholism

If you are drinking alcohol regularly, that’s a step away from being addicted. Addiction is when you become dependent on the substance to make you feel good. It’s when you think you can’t go through the day without having a drink.

Early warning signs

  • To be able to tell if someone may be having alcohol problems is to check for the following:
  • Drinking alcohol to forget problems, to relax, or to have fun.
  • Passing out or blacking out.
  • Drinking by one’s self.
  • Keeping secrets from family and/or friends.
  • Losing interest in activities that used to be important
  • Dropping grades or frequent absences.
  • Increased tolerance to alcohol, thus needing more and more of the alcohol to get the "feeling".
  • Resorting to criminal activities such as stealing, lying, or selling things to get money to buy more alcohol.

How to treat alcoholism?

An alcoholic – or any addict for that matter – do not know that they have a problem. Thus it is necessary for friends and family members to intervene.

Some alcoholics usually promise to quit, but can’t. This is why sometimes it is necessary to seek professional help, such as going to treatment centers.

Treatment centers usually require the person with the drinking problem to admit him/herself, but if the person can’t do it alone, he/she should turn to someone he/she trusts so he/she won’t have to go through with the problem alone.

There are a number of support groups and resources for people with alcohol or substance abuse problems. See Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for their services and programs.