Alcohol Addiction Counseling Scottsdale – Do I Have a Problem?

Posted by admin on June 10, 2011

Early signs of an alcohol problem have certain behavioral characteristics. Alcohol addictions counseling can help, but sooner or later, one must begin by looking at one’s drinking patterns. Heavy alcohol consumption on a regular basis or frequent intoxication is certainly consistent with problem drinking. A high risk for future physical or mental health damage is something that must be considered. Is the drinker at risk of automobile accidents, arrests or poor job performance? Are his or her relationships on shaky ground? Is there the evidence of other social problems? This counselor provides alcohol addictions counseling in Scottsdale. The following should help.

The three categories are use, abuse and dependency. When we cross over that magical line of demarcation from abuse to dependency, something biochemical happens to our brain. A switch is symbolically switched and poof, no more moderate drinking is possible. We lose each and every battle to control our use. Once we start, we cannot stop. This is called alcoholism. Alcohol addictions counseling can be crucial. Our brain has changed…and for good. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, the symptoms of alcohol dependence include:

  • Neglect of Other Activities: This is where we avoid or embarrass ourselves with important activities, such as social, occupational or recreational endeavors due to alcohol abuse.
  • Impaired Control: Attempts to control alcohol consumption are unsuccessful, as are attempts to cut down on use.
  • Excessive Use: Larger amounts than intended are consumed over a longer time span.
  • Tolerance: Alcohol must be consumed in larger amounts to feel the “buzz” one expects.
  • Persistence of Use: Despite the knowledge of problems, physical, or emotional, consumption continues.
  • Symptoms of Withdrawal: Nausea, sweating, shakiness, are indicators of a problem that is caused or made worse by alcohol consumption.
  • Excessive Time Spent In Alcohol Related Activities: A significant amount of time is   spent in activities necessary to procure, use or to recover from the effects of consumption.

Why do we drink?

Chemical dependency is one way people attempt to maintain balance or homeostasis. When we don’t have the appropriate skills to cope with stress and anxiety, we use the skills we do have. In limited amounts, alcohol is a central nervous system stimulant. Beyond a drink or two, it becomes a nervous system depressant. All in all, it’s not worth it. Learn appropriate coping skills. Alcohol addictions counseling by a professional is the very best way to learn these coping skills. Good luck.

DJ Diebold, CAC, LISAC – 11485
Board Certified, State Licensed
Behavioral Health Therapist

Alcohol Addiction: Do I Have A Problem?

Early signs of an alcohol problem have certain behavioral characteristics. Alcohol addictions counseling can help, but sooner or later, one must begin by looking at one’s drinking patterns. Heavy alcohol consumption on a regular basis or frequent intoxication is certainly consistent with problem drinking. A high risk for future physical or mental health damage is something that must be considered. Is the drinker at risk of automobile accidents, arrests or poor job performance? Are his or her relationships on shaky ground? Is there the evidence of other social problems? This counselor provides alcohol addictions counseling in Scottsdale. The following should help.

The three categories are use, abuse and dependency. When we cross over that magical line of demarcation from abuse to dependency, something biochemical happens to our brain. A switch is symbolically switched and poof, no more moderate drinking is possible. We lose each and every battle to control our use. Once we start, we cannot stop. This is called alcoholism. Alcohol addictions counseling can be crucial. Our brain has changed…and for good. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, the symptoms of alcohol dependence include:

Neglect of Other Activities: This is where we avoid or embarrass ourselves with important activities, such as social, occupational or recreational endeavors due to alcohol abuse.

Impaired Control: Attempts to control alcohol consumption are unsuccessful, as are attempts to cut down on use.

Excessive Use: Larger amounts than intended are consumed over a longer time span.

Tolerance: Alcohol must be consumed in larger amounts to feel the “buzz” one expects.

Persistence of Use: Despite the knowledge of problems, physical, or emotional, consumption continues.

Symptoms of Withdrawal: Nausea, sweating, shakiness, are indicators of a problem that is caused or made worse by alcohol consumption.

Excessive Time Spent In Alcohol Related Activities: A significant amount of time is   spent in activities necessary to procure, use or to recover from the effects of consumption.

Why do we drink? Chemical dependency is one way people attempt to maintain balance or homeostasis. When we don’t have the appropriate skills to cope with stress and anxiety, we use the skills we do have. In limited amounts, alcohol is a central nervous system stimulant. Beyond a drink or two, it becomes a nervous system depressant. All in all, it’s not worth it. Learn appropriate coping skills. Alcohol addictions counseling by a professional is the very best way to learn these coping skills. Good luck.

DJ Diebold, CAC, LISAC – 11485
Board Certified, State Licensed
Behavioral Health Therapist

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