September 26, 2011
Alcohol Addiction advances in three stages. While mostly more apparent in its later stages, alcohol addiction can take many years to develop. The line between drinking and addiction is crossed when alcohol starts affecting the mind and the body of the drinker.
In the early stages of alcohol addiction the drinker has started to drink for new reasons. They drink to change their mood or maybe to help daily stress or a problem. At this point friends and family don’t know he or she has become an alcoholic, and the chances are that neither does the drinker know.
In the intermediate stage the drinker no longer needs a reason to drink, although they may even fabricate reasons to drink. He or she is now drinking way over socially acceptable limits, until they reach a loss of control point or blackout, and the drinker may even be driving under the influence. Family and friends are now aware that there is a problem and the drinker gets angry when alcohol abuse is mentioned. The drinker thinks he or she can stop drinking anytime they want to. This is no longer the case. They will say “I will never drink again!” and sincerely mean it, and they really are shocked to find that when they do stop, the cravings for alcohol are all but unbearable.
The advanced stage of alcohol addiction is undeniable. Friends and family are now hurt and angry at the destruction the drinker has brought upon themselves and those around them. The drinker has inflicted permanent damage to their internal organs and may have lost their jobs. Now, trying to convince the drinker to stop drinking is usually pointless as any efforts will be ignored by the drinker.
At this point it is going to take a catastrophic event to get the alcoholic to decide he or she really wants to stop drinking. At this advanced stage when the drinker makes a sincere attempt to stop drinking, he or she will find out that the alcohol addiction has completely taken hold, and there will be extreme withdrawal symptoms to be dealt with.
Alcohol addiction is one of the hardest battles a person will have to face in this life, and while many alcoholics can beat their addictions, some cannot stop drinking no matter how hard they try. Alcohol is a powerful addiction that is difficult to overcome, but remember that it can be done. Never stop reaching for a future that is free from alcohol and its problems.