In our culture, drinking alcohol is a part of all different types of celebrations. But sometimes people step over the line, and their consumption of alcohol can spiral out of control.
If you’re worried about a loved one’s overuse of alcohol, you can find solutions for alcohol addiction at Klarity Clinic. Our experienced physicians provide a range of treatments, including ketamine infusion therapy, to help people overcome addiction and achieve long-lasting sobriety.
Warning signs of addiction
It can be difficult to come to terms with the struggles of someone you love. This is especially true when you think a loved one is dealing with alcoholism.
To help you better assess the situation, here are six potential warning signs that are common among people who abuse alcohol:
1.High tolerance for alcohol
People who abuse alcohol tend to have a high tolerance for alcoholic beverages. Typically, alcohol tolerance builds up over time. When a person continues to drink frequently or excessively, they begin to need more alcohol to experience its effects.
You may notice your loved one can drink a lot more than others before they feel or appear drunk.
2. Drinking more than socially
Many alcoholics tend to need alcohol at any social function. Even when surrounded by family and friends, they can’t control their drinking and likely will drink to excess at any type of event.
You may notice your loved one is frequently intoxicated at gatherings. They may even skip events that don’t include alcohol.
3. Changes in personality
Being under the influence of alcohol may cause noticeable changes in your loved one’s personality.
You may notice that someone who is typically shy becomes loud or obnoxious. Alcohol can also make someone who is usually extroverted become closed off and guarded. Unfortunately, alcohol can also make people aggressive or even violent.
4. Decreasing ability to meet responsibilities
People living with an alcohol addiction may progressively become less able to meet their responsibilities. Alcoholics may be late for work or unable to maintain a job. Some may not be able to pay their bills or will experience legal problems like a DUI charge.
Your loved one may not take accountability for their actions. They may blame their manager for the loss of their job or the police officer for the DUI charge.
5. Constant defensiveness
Many who live with an addiction to alcohol or drugs will make it difficult for you to talk about their struggles. Often, alcoholics are defensive about their drinking and will quickly dismiss your concerns about their behaviors.
Though it can be hard to admit your loved one is an alcoholic, it can be even more difficult for the alcoholic to admit it to themselves.
6. Withdrawal symptoms
When alcoholics try to quit drinking on their own, they may experience physical withdrawal symptoms like excessive sweating, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and nausea.
In extreme cases, hallucinations or seizures can also be a side effect of alcoholism.
Exploring alcohol addiction treatments
It can be helpful to build your own support team before confronting your friend or family member about your concerns. If you plan to be a part of your loved one’s supportive resources for sobriety, know that Klarity Clinic offers comprehensive services to address the many challenges of alcohol addiction.
If your loved one is willing to try recovery, our addiction specialists can customize a treatment plan using ketamine infusion therapy to reduce cravings for alcohol and help them through the detox process more comfortably.
We also offer infusions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), an enzyme already in your body that reduces oxidative stress on your cells. Excessive drinking can reduce levels of NAD+ in your body, so receiving supplemental enzymes can improve your brain function, repair your DNA, and increase communication between your cells.
Call the Klarity Clinic office near you to learn more about the available treatment options for alcohol addiction, or book a consultation online today.