Having an addiction to anything can be extremely debilitating and limits our ability to live healthy, happy lives that allow us to experience freedom. When you are stuck and seeking a way out, you can begin your journey to healing. If you have ever wondered if a behavior is excessive, you can reach out for answers and support.
Addiction can manifest through many behaviors whether it be through substance use, sex, pornography, technology, or food, among others.
Below is some information on the powerful affects of alcohol addiction:
Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. If you have alcoholism, you can’t consistently predict how much you’ll drink, how long you’ll drink, or what consequences will occur from your drinking.
Because denial is common, you may not feel like you have a problem with drinking or that you need help to stop. You might not recognize how much you drink or how may problems in your life are related to alcohol use. Listen to family members, friends or co-workers when they ask you to examine your drinking habits or to seek help.
Alcoholism is influenced by genetic, psychological, social and environmental factors that have an impact on how it affects your body and behavior.
*It’s possible to have a problem with alcohol, even when it has not progressed to the point of alcoholism. Problem drinking means you drink too much at times, causing repeated problems in your life, although you’re not completely dependent on alcohol.
If you feel that you sometimes drink too much or your family is concerned about your drinking, talk with your physician or a mental health professional who specializes in addictions.
-Information compliments of the Mayo Clinic.
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At Living With Intention, we can help you take power over your addiction while simultaneously helping you get to the root cause of why it exists. By reaching out, you are taking the first step.