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Key Behaviors of an Alcoholic


It can be difficult to determine whether a loved has an alcohol addiction, but both behavioral changes and physical symptoms can provide clues about whether a person is an alcoholic. Behavior can change for loved ones, too, as they struggle to help or hide the addiction of the person they care for. You may be affected by a loved one’s addiction if you are always worried about their safety, make excuses or lie about the behavior of an alcoholic, or frequently change your schedule because a loved one is drunk or hungover. If you find that you dread holiday gatherings and parties at which a loved one might get drunk, you run short of money because of their drinking habit, or you feel like you have to walk on eggshells to avoid abusive behavior, your loved one likely has an alcohol addiction.

There will also be noticeable changes in the behavior of an alcoholic. An alcoholic will lie to others about their drinking habits. They will try to cover up where and when they are buying and drinking alcohol. These lies can be very manipulative, and a loved one may have to rely on common sense to determine whether these explanations add up. An alcoholic will have many excuses and rationales for their behavior and can use emotional leverage in order to continue drinking. Remember that addiction is a very powerful force. An alcoholic might even resort to criminal behavior like theft in order to acquire more alcohol. Delusional thinking also surrounds addiction. This can cause an addict to become violent and act abusively. If your loved one demonstrates any of these behaviors, there is a strong chance that they have an addiction.

Physical Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

In addition to these common traits of alcoholic behavior, physical signs and symptoms will also be present. Because the body develops a tolerance to alcohol, an addict will experience the symptoms of withdrawal when they stop drinking. These symptoms can include:

  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue

These symptoms are a sign that a person needs help and should detox from alcohol in a medically supervised setting. Withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. No one should have to deal with addiction alone.

Alcohol Addiction Rehab at White Sands Treatment Center

White Sands Treatment Center offers customized addiction recovery and dual-diagnosis treatment for those struggling with addiction and mood disorders. Our holistic approach to rehabilitation treats the mind, body, and spirit. Our community atmosphere is designed to provide comfort and security in a luxurious setting. We offer a variety of alternative therapies so that our patients can participate in activities in which they will thrive, and we offer both inpatient and outpatient alcohol addiction recovery programs. We’ll even help you coordinate your transportation and insurance needs to ensure that you can get the addiction counseling and treatment that you need to get your life back on track. Call today or fill out the form to find your best solution for sobriety.

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