The middle and end stages of an alcohol use disorder are difficult to hide. They present unique signs of alcoholism that those around the person suffering from the disease can see. It’s up to you to use this information for the sufferer’s benefit. Three symptoms generally stand out for someone dealing with late stages of alcoholism.
1. Denial of the Drinking Problem
You may notice clearly that there are always plenty of bottles lying around the house. When you point this out, your loved one may start taking them outside to get them out of sight. She may lie about drinking and even go so far as to transfer alcoholic beverages into different drinking containers. If you confront her, she might argue with you about just having a drink now and then.
2. Drinking to Cope
For example, she might say that work’s quite stressful or family tensions are pretty bad right now. She rationalizes that she needs a drink to relax or feel better at the end of the day. You recognize a faulty coping mechanism. But when you suggest counseling or other forms of dealing with stress, she tells you that you worry too much.
3. Failing to Deal with Responsibilities
What trips up most people who suffer from an alcohol use disorder is the inability to keep up with life’s responsibilities. Performance at work slips and your loved one may miss a promotion or lose a job. At home, things fall into disrepair, and a neatly maintained residence gradually becomes a constant mess. Your loved one forgets things, misses appointments, and fails to fulfill promises such as driving the car pool.
Getting Help for a Loved One Displaying Signs of Alcoholism
There are plenty of addiction programs that help with alcohol addiction. That said, choosing a women’s treatment facility makes the most sense. A gender-specific treatment approach builds on your loved one’s strengths for healing. Examples of our womens addiction treatment programs include:
- Trauma treatment that helps to resolve past experiences, which still affect today’s actions
- Talk therapy that assists program participants with the recognition of negative patterns
- Holistic therapy that embraces the whole person and promotes healing of mind, body, and spirit
- Family therapy that gives clients opportunities to heal broken relationships and re-establish good ones
- 12-Step recovery program attendance that heightens personal accountability and promotes peer relationships
In fact, a 12 Step program becomes an invaluable tool for women who seek to overcome dependence on alcohol. It empowers them to recognize their inner strength and to let go of problems that aren’t theirs to deal with. Looking forward, following the program’s steps also assists with relapse prevention in the future.
At Soledad House, your loved one has the opportunity to take advantage of these healing modalities. A male-free environment removes distractions and makes the transition to the facility easier. Help your friend or family member to overcome her dependence on any substance, including alcohol. Call 866-314-3222 to learn more today and help your loved one showing signs of alcoholism.