- Mental Health
Treating Addiction: Alcohol Addicts
An alcoholic who is having troubling problems in their health, family, occupational and legal affairs may feel that their drinking is both rationalized and justified because their troubles and problems are primarily the fault of the other people in those functions who are exaggerating and over blowing what are minor and irrelevant difficulties. According to the victim of Alcohol Addiction, it is always the doctor, wife, boss, or judge who is unable to ratify their position in relationship to the alcoholic's exceptional and very special situation, and thus is responsible for all the problems.
The individual's Alcohol Addiction has escalated to such levels by this time that they are convinced that they can minimize or completely halt their dependence on alcohol at any time that they see fit, but that right now is not that time.
Alcoholism will also convince the alcoholic that since they form a completely unique and sole personal exception to the common form of Alcohol Addiction which afflicts normal people, they are exempt from the responsibility to seek assistance for their case, or even to accept assistance when it is readily available. Such irrational stubbornness often extends even when the assistance is imposed by a court of law, which the alcoholic is convinced "has it out for them" and has passed a judgment which is unfair and created to "single them out" because of their own personal grandeur.
If the alcoholic were actually realize that they did need to submit to the identical basic standard of addiction treatment as everyone else, this decision would demolish the alcoholic's structure of personal grandeur and deflate the alcoholic's self-view that they are special, unique, and do not need to follow the conventional boring and restrictive rules, ethics, laws and regulations that everyone else does. The addict's belief that they are in some way special and they are not subject to the standards of behavior that govern the activities of other citizens is a keystone to comprehending the actual addictive personality itself.
Research into the environmental risk factors has concluded that there exists a complex and intricate interaction of influences which can determine the feasibility of an individual's future Alcohol Addiction. These influences can be categorized under two separate headings. One centering on being reared by parents lacking the necessary positive parenting skills; the history of alcoholism in the individual's family; and the presence of alcohol abuse in the home environment at the time the individual is growing up. The other major category of influence centers on the various demographic factors, such as local crime rate, economic position, extent and quality of education, geography and similar aspects.
The signs and symptoms of alcoholism include:
- Anticipation of the next bout of drinking
- Cancellations or rescheduling of plans due to hangovers
- Changes in frustration tolerance
- Changes in sleep
- Decrease in productivity
- Decreased ability to engage in normal daily activities
- Frustration when alcohol is not present
- Increased traffic offenses
- Increasing problems at the workplace
- Modifications in sexual functioning
- Personal bravado in excess
Silence is the enemy of Alcohol Addiction. It is extremely important for family, friends, and the co-workers of the alcoholic to discuss the situation openly, particularly at a time of sobriety. It is imperative that the alcoholic be exposed to sources of precise and coherent medical information on Alcohol Addiction and that specific, local, accessible and immediate sources of clinical assistance be provided to them.