When is Rehab the Answer? Five questions for you or your loved one
June 20, 2014
Alcohol abuse is serious problem that can affect your health and lifestyle both in the short and long-term. It is estimated that over 14 million adults in the U.S. abuse alcohol. That is as many as one in every 13 adults. While those numbers are staggering, there are several million more people who engage in risky alcohol behavior. If you have a loved one who has a problem with alcohol consumption, it may be time to seek help. Rehab is one way to help your loved one get the help he or she needs to overcome alcoholism.
How much alcohol is too much?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heavy drinking can be defined when you consume more than two drinks a day if you are male and more than one drink per day if you are female. This means consistently having to have a drink on a daily basis. Even if the person you have in mind does not drink daily but chooses to binge drink frequently, meaning he or she consumer four or more drinks on a single occasion, the person has an excessive drinking pattern. There are several options for people who may have consistent alcohol consumption patterns, including outpatient, inpatient and ongoing programs that offer support.
Is the individual’s health suffering?
Alcoholism can directly affect a person’s health. Some short-term or immediate side effects include hurting oneself through falling, drowning, traffic accidents or unintentionally causing harm upon others. When a person drinks excessively, the nervous system slows, causing dangerous changes in blood pressure and respiratory depression. Anxiety, liver disease, cancer, cardiovascular problems and neurological problems are long-term issues with alcoholics.
Is there isolation from friends and family?
Are you finding that the person you have in mind is engaging less with friends and family? If you find he or she is isolating him or herself more and trying to hide the drinking problem, it is definitely time to get him or her the needed help. Rehabilitation for women is available and can work with anyone’s schedule to get you the help needed. Rehab for men is also available.
How is the work performance?
Is the person regularly tardy for lunch breaks? Is he or she using all vacation days or missing work because he or she can’t function due to the alcoholism? If so, it is time to get the person help. A trained staff who specializes in alcoholism-related issues can help him or her get life on track and save the job.