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Symptoms and Signs of Alcoholism

At Cirque Lodge, we know how serious alcohol addiction or alcoholism is.

Untreated alcoholism progresses with time and ruins the lives of those affected and their loved ones.

If you or a loved one is affected by alcoholism, help is at hand, and the first step to getting help is realizing that there is a problem; the second is asking for help.

Our team of medical experts will safely detox you, and our therapists and counselors can help you address your behavior. Most importantly, the 12-Step program that is the bedrock of our treatment will help you develop spiritually and find long-term recovery.

Below, we explain what alcoholism is and how you can recover.

What is Alcoholism?

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive condition that can be fatal if left untreated.

According to Substance Abuse Rehabilitation, ‘harmful alcohol use leads to 2.5 million deaths annually worldwide.’ It is also known as alcohol addiction or alcohol use disorder (AUD).

The signs and symptoms of alcohol vary between individuals and can range from mild to severe. This severity depends on several factors, such as:

  • How much you drink
  • How long you have been misusing alcohol
  • Your level of access to treatment support services
  • Your level of physical and mental health

At Cirque Lodge, our team of addiction recovery specialists can help you overcome your alcohol addiction. We provide high-quality, evidence-based addiction treatment to every client. When you come to us for help, we empower you to heal and take control of your recovery journey. Clients often come to Cirque Lodge feeling lost and hopeless but leave feeling empowered and ready to take back control of their lives.

Signs of Alcoholism

Signs of Alcoholism

Aside from the telltale sign of excessive alcohol consumption, alcoholism has many other signs that may be less obvious.

If you believe that you or a loved one struggles with alcoholism, look out for the following signs, as outlined in Psychology of Addictive Behaviours:

  • Lies and secrecy about one’s alcohol use
  • Increased tolerance to alcohol – needing more to achieve the desired effects
  • Heavy drinking alone
  • Drinking to the point of unconsciousness
  • Absence from important occasions and events
  • Drinking as soon you wake up
  • Intense cravings that impact your mood and ability to concentrate
  • Using alcohol to self-medicate against feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Continuing to drink alcohol despite clear negative consequences
  • Repeated failed attempts to stop using alcohol
Symptoms of Alcoholism

Symptoms of Alcoholism

Alcohol Research & Health explains that prolonged alcohol misuse leads to a range of difficult and challenging symptoms.

These symptoms are psychological, behavioral, social, and physical. They can be so debilitating that they impact our health in well-being in all areas of our lives.

The longer we go without treatment, the worse our symptoms get. If you struggle with the following symptoms, it is essential to reach out for professional help:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem, low self-worth
  • Mood swings
  • Paranoia
  • Increased agitation, irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Guilt
  • Poor concentration and attention
  • Poor memory
  • Hostility
  • Psychological dependence on alcohol
  • Psychological cravings
  • Exacerbated underlying mental health conditions (stress, anxiety, depression, mood disorders)

Common physical symptoms of alcoholism include:

  • Increased tolerance to alcohol’s effects
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue, lethargy
  • Sweating
  • Disrupted sleep, insomnia
  • Neglect of personal hygiene and physical appearance
  • Drastic weight loss or gain
  • Withdrawal symptoms in the absence of alcohol
Long-term Effects of Alcoholism

Long-term Effects of Alcoholism

Prolonged misuse of alcoholism affects all aspects of your health.

The earlier you intervene, the better your chances of stopping. However, it is possible to find sobriety and the inner peace that comes with it at any stage of your drinking.

Alcohol addiction leads to a significant decline in your physical health. In the long-term, the physical health effects of alcohol addiction include:

  • Ulcers
  • Liver damage
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Kidney failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gout
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
  • Weakened immune system
  • Sexual dysfunction

Alcoholism can wreak havoc on your life and the lives of those you love. At Cirque Lodge, we have seen firsthand the devastation that alcohol causes on client’s lives. The good news is that alcohol addiction treatment is available.

Though you may feel lost and hopeless in the face of your addiction, addiction scientists and researchers have worked tirelessly for decades to understand the nature of alcohol addiction. Their efforts have yielded a range of evidence-based therapies and other healing approaches to help you overcome your addiction.

At Cirque Lodge, we see the potential for you to recover and live a life beyond your wildest dreams, one day at a time.

How to Deal with Alcoholism

How to Deal with Alcoholism

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms of alcoholism in you or a loved one, you might feel confused or frightened.

We understand that it can be overwhelming when it comes to dealing with alcoholism. Fortunately, you can take simple and practical steps to help you or someone you love to get on the right path.

The first step is to admit that there is a problem. Denial is a common symptom of any addiction. Many are not ready or willing to accept that their alcohol use has become problematic. However, when we finally admit to ourselves that our alcohol use is an issue, we may feel a sense of relief. Though it can be difficult, accepting the truth opens up the possibility of a brighter future.

The next step is to seek professional help. Even when people admit that there is a problem, it can be challenging to quit or even cut down on alcohol use. Excessive, prolonged use leads to dependence and addiction – and many of those who have attempted to quit alone ultimately relapse due to the desire to avoid withdrawal.

Those who successfully detox alone often find their emotions overwhelming and soon find themselves drinking again. As the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous puts it, “alcohol  is cunning, baffling, and powerful.” It is also very patient and can wait years to re-surface.

Without the proper support and coping tools, people are very vulnerable to relapse. However, alcohol addiction is not a life sentence, and help is available.

Compassionate and Diligent Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Cirque Lodge

Compassionate and Diligent Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Cirque Lodge

At Cirque Lodge, we tackle your addiction with diligence and compassion.

We understand that to truly heal, a treatment program must consider the whole person. Addiction is a brain disease, but it is also so much more; it is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.

Our holistic approach to addiction treatment means that we explore all aspects of your life, from your family dynamics to your lifestyle to your deepest thoughts and beliefs about yourself and the world around you.

Treatment for SUD and Co-occurring Disorders

Treatment for SUD and Co-occurring Disorders

Addictions often co-occur with other mental and behavioral health issues.

At Cirque Lodge, we conduct in-depth assessments for each client. Our assessments paint a clear picture of your condition and your unique life circumstances. From there, we can tailor a treatment program that addresses the parts of your life that may have contributed to and continue to exacerbate your addiction.

We arrange for comprehensive, integrated treatment if we discover a pre-existing, underlying condition, such as depression, anxiety, or unresolved trauma. We acknowledge and approach these issues during treatment to ensure a real chance at a successful, lasting recovery.

Contact Us

Contact Us

No one plans to become addicted to alcohol – but with the right level of support, you do not ever need to drink again.

Our holistic program will heal you mentally and physically, and our beautiful center is the place to start over and begin to live your life as you intended.

Comprehensive and effective alcohol addiction treatment is available today. If you notice the signs and symptoms of alcoholism in you or a loved one, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. Contact us today to arrange for an appointment. As soon as you reach out, we can arrange an initial consultation and assessment, and we can tailor a treatment program that suits your individual needs.

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