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Most of us like to have a drink now and then.  We have a glass of wine with dinner—or maybe a bottle.  But where does normal social drinking cross the line into alcoholism?  How can you tell if you have a drinking problem?  If you’re wondering whether your drinking is getting out of hand and becoming an alcohol addiction, here are some questions to ask yourself.

  • Do you need alcohol as a “social lubricant” to be able to face social situations?
  • Do you worry that you might have a drinking problem?
  • Have you ever missed work or been late due to drinking or a hangover?
  • Has your drinking ever interfered with a romantic relationship?
  • Do you have a reputation as someone who drinks a lot?
  • Have you ever hit someone or been angry or violent because you were drinking?
  • Are your family members afraid of you when you drink?
  • Have you ever felt remorse after drinking too much?
  • Has anyone ever told you that you have a drinking problem?
  • Have you suffered financially due to your drinking?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might have a drinking problem.  These are all symptoms of alcoholism. If your alcohol use is beginning to have a negative impact on your family, your work, your finances, your health, or other areas of your life, you may be an alcoholic.  Many people hear this and think that it’s time to cut back.  But the truth is that alcohol is a physically addictive drug.  Once you’re hooked, you need more and more alcohol just to get drunk, and eventually, just to function. Simply “cutting back” isn’t simple, and going cold turkey is almost impossible.

If you have a problem with alcoholism, the best way to get sober is to seek professional help from an accredited rehabilitation facility such as Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches.  Archstone Recovery is located in Lantana, Florida, convenient to Palm Beach International Airport, and treats patients from all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and New England. If you’re looking to get away and begin your recovery in a safe and sunny place, far away from the daily routines of your drinking, Archstone Recovery’s specialized medical and therapy staff is here for you.  We use the proven twelve-step approach, multiple therapeutic techniques, and a range of program options including detox, residential, transitional care, extended care, and outpatient programs, to help you on our journey toward recovery.  If you’re ready to get help for alcoholism with the best drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, contact Archstone Recovery today.

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