You’ve never had a DUI or been arrested. You’re not homeless. You have a steady job. You can’t be an alcoholic. Right?
Alcoholism can present itself in many different ways, sometimes following the stereotype of the frat boy constantly getting DUIs, or the homeless guy asking for money. It can also be the man with the 9 to 5 job and a family who enjoys happy hour with his coworkers too much, or the mom who relies on wine to get her through the evening. Alcoholism can affect people’s lives in so many ways. Often it doesn’t feel “bad.” So when does enjoying a few drinks with friends or having some chardonnay at the end of a long day become alcoholism? Counseling with Lehigh Valley Counselors can help you understand alcoholism, determine if you are dealing with it, and help you lay out a treatment plan.
About 18 million Americans use alcohol to the point where it causes distress and harm. This is usually referred to as alcoholism, or “being an alcoholic.” Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is a disease that causes:
- Cravings – a strong need to drink
- Loss of control – not being able to stop drinking once you’ve started
- Physical dependence – withdrawal symptoms
- Tolerance – the need to drink more alcohol to feel the same effect
Alcoholism can range from being a “functional alcoholic” (generally able to keep up appearances and function at work for example) to being unable to cope with being sober. Too much alcohol can result in physical harm to your body, such as liver damage and an increased risk of some cancers. Drinking while pregnant can cause harm to the baby. Alcoholism can also affect your family financially and emotionally, as you schedule your life around your ability to drink or no longer attend events due to being drunk or hungover.
Patients with alcoholism generally benefit from a combination of medication and counseling, although sometimes more intensive treatment, such as inpatient time at a rehab center, is necessary. At Thriveworks, we can help you with the counseling needed to help you move past your alcoholism.
Lehigh Valley Counselors counselors can help you overcome your addiction. Simply by visiting this website, you are taking a first step towards recovery: acknowledging you have a problem. The next step is to contact our office and set up an appointment for counseling. We offer compassion and understanding, not judgement. Patients with addiction deserve respect for the courage it takes to seek treatment and continue the hard road to recovery. Lehigh Valley Counselors is here to help. Counseling services can help you understand the root cause of your addiction and allow you to develop the coping skills needed to put down the bottle. Our counselors can also help you determine what path is best for your recovery. Give Lehigh Valley Counselors Counseling a call at 610-596-4222. We can often get an appointment set up with one of our counselors in 24 to 48 hours.