When it comes to alcohol rehab, the sentiment that an individual won't succeed in treatment until he or she is ready to make a change is often true. Whether your family and friends have been gently recommending the idea of rehab or not, it's important for you to decide when it's time to make a change. Even though self-assessment can be difficult, try to neutrally look at your drinking habits and consider the impact that they're having on your life. The signs that alcohol is problematic are different for everyone, but here are some signs that can suggest alcohol is playing more of a role in your life than it should.
You Avoid Activities Unless There's Drinking Involved
When your alcohol consumption is problematic, you might begin skipping events that don't involve drinking in favor of staying home and drinking. While you may have no resistance to taking part in activities in which alcohol is involved, try to gauge your reaction to "dry" events. If you're always making excuses about why you're unable to attend, it could be a sign that alcohol is becoming a problem.
Your Career Is Suffering
The problematic consumption of alcohol can also impact your career. In extreme cases, you might find yourself secretly drinking during the workday — and could subsequently find yourself fired or disciplined. You might also have trouble with being punctual to work or trying to sneak away from the office early so that you can drink. Perhaps you even feel, when you look honestly at your self, that you've been passed over for a promotion because you've fallen out of favor with management.
You Stop Hanging Out With Non-Drinkers
Try to evaluate the people you hang out with. Likely, at one point, your peers were a combination of drinkers and non-drinkers. Over time, as an alcohol problem progresses, it can be easy to cast aside those who do not drink and focus on spending time exclusively with those who do. Perhaps you feel judged by non-drinkers or maybe you just feel they're not as fun. Whatever the case, changes in your circle of peers can indicate whether you have a problem with alcohol that could require a trip to rehab.
You Have More Conflicts With Family
Although it's possible for family members to be drinkers who don't take issue with your habits, there's also a chance that they do not drink and are concerned about your drinking. In this scenario, you'll often experience lots of arguments and ongoing tension with your family members — another sign that when you're ready to make a change, alcohol rehab can transform your life. Contact a business, such as Pacific Ridge, for more information.