When a person becomes an alcoholic there are many warning signs of this behavior. These signs can be used to help determine if you or someone you care about has an alcohol problem.
The first warning sign of alcoholism is Tolerance. If over time, the amount of drinks that you need to get drunk increases, that is because your tolerance level (or personal resistance) to the alcohol has increased. Therefore, you need to drink more to get drunk or even a little bit buzzed.
Another warning sign of alcoholism is withdrawal. After drinking frequently, your body becomes used to the alcohol in your bloodstream. When you go periods of time without a drink your body will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms.
Some symptoms include but are not limited to:
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Other signs of alcoholism include:
- A loss of control over your drinking, you drink more than you intended to because once you start you have trouble stopping.
- You want to quit drinking, but are unsuccessful at doing so.
- Most of your day is either spent drinking, thinking about drinking or recovering from last night’s bender.
- You spend more time drinking and less time doing things you used to enjoy such as hanging with friends or enjoying your hobbies.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse, there is help available. At The Bergand Group in Baltimore, MD our therapists have over twenty years’ experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and toward appropriate care for addictive disorders. To speak with someone at our office, please call us at 410-853-7691.
About The Bergand Group:
The Bergand Group is located in Lutherville, MD under the careful supervision of Dr. John Steinberg and Dr. Paul Giannandrea. The pair has created a true Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment program in The Bergand Group. Two complimentary doctors to provide a setting in which patients can be treated and in which clinicians can work that embodies the core principles Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Giannandrea have held to in over 25 years of practice to form the Bergand Group.
As the treatment of mental health and addiction disorders requires addressing each patient’s individual needs, the ability to individualize that treatment is essential. The Bergand Group offers varying levels of intensity in outpatient services, both individual and group. Efforts are made to match clients with appropriate therapists. Pharmacologic therapy, drug monitoring and prescribing, use of antagonist and blocking agents, buprenorphine- both detox and maintenance, are offered.