As we are preparing for Summer, we get excited for a time of celebration. For some this means letting go of school obligations and for others it’s a time to enjoy well-earned work vacations. Graduations, Fourth of July picnics, and beach days all beckon with fun in the sun and rest and relaxation.
In such carefree circumstances it’s easy to lose track of time. It’s also easy for casual behaviors to intensify. Have you ever wondered if you or a loved one has moved from a pattern of casual or social drinking into a problem zone?
Here are 6 signs that alcohol use has accelerated into a serious problem:
You or a loved one spends a significant amount of time drinking, or recovering from time spent drinking. This is common when alcohol craving and dependence take over.
You or a loved one continue to drink in spite of the fact it is causing harm or negatively impacting relationships. For example, if a loved love has threatened to leave unless the drinking stops, but the individual feels helpless to alter their behavior.
You or a loved one is drinking in larger amounts, more frequently, or for longer periods than in the past. For example, “just one drink,” turns into much more.
You or a loved one has tried or vowed to stop drinking, yet feels powerless or unable to do so. In some cases it is common for individuals who have become dependent on alcohol to continue to drink in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
You or a loved one experience loss or disruptions due to the effects of alcohol consumption. An example would be the loss of a job, not attending school, or failing to take adequate care of dependents.
If you or someone you love is experiencing signs of alcohol addiction, RedCliff Ascent is here to help. Our expert staff are trained to help you learn how to manage life’s challenges, including issues of substance abuse. Our wilderness therapy program is designed to inspire hope and offers the support needed to make meaningful life changes.
RedCliff Ascent is a therapeutic wilderness program, nestled between two mountain ranges in the high desert of Enterprise, UT. We focus on adolescents ages 13-17 who are struggling with various challenges from anxiety and depression, to school abandonment and the need to reconnect with their family. With over 25 years of experience, RedCliff uses a relational model and narrative therapy to drive an outcome and an evidence-based approach. RedCliff Recovery offers an experience like no other through a proven, 12-step, adventure-based wilderness program. For more information, call us today: 801-921-8488.