Since alcohol is not an illegal substance, many members of society assume that frequent use of alcohol is not a problem. In fact, the frequent use of alcohol may be considered normal. And in some instances it is. The fact is when alcohol is used in moderation it is ok. When alcohol is used in excess it can start to become a problem. Often times, friends and family may begin to recognize excessive alcohol use in a loved one. They might start to notice that their loved one has become more “involved” with the alcohol than in family affairs or their own personal affairs. If they go out they might notice that their loved one can’t stop as easily as they used to. When this is the case, an alcohol addiction intervention is the appropriate step to help them to overcome that alcohol addiction.
The alcohol addiction intervention may be necessary when the signs of alcohol addiction are as follows:
- Hiding alcohol consumption – someone with an alcohol addiction may begin to hide their alcohol use from friends and family members, as even subconsciously they know it is out of control and want to save themselves the judgment.
- Changes in eating habits – alcohol addicts may have strange eating habits that are unusual for them. For example, they may go hours without eating and then binge while drinking, or vice versa.
- Changes in mood while drinking – alcoholics frequently become either angry or depressed when drinking.
- Experiencing blackouts – many alcoholics end up drinking until they experience blackouts, when they are unable to remember large periods of a day or night.
If you begin to notice this kind of unusual behavior in someone you love, then it may be time to stage an alcohol addiction intervention. What an alcohol addiction intervention can do is it can break through the denial of the problem. Because alcohol is socially accepted it may be hard for someone who has a problem with alcohol to realize that their drinking has reached dangerous levels. An alcohol addiction intervention can help a sick loved one see how their drinking is damaging themselves and the people around them. With this kind of break through the hope is that they will seek out some kind of help whether it be in the form of inpatient treatment or even outpatient counseling.