It is sometimes very difficult to identify an alcohol problem. It is a legal substance and for many is an enjoyable social or leisure activity. Often the people who begin to encounter problems with alcohol drank safely for years. When people begin to encounter alcohol problems they often relate it to stress or emotional problems in their lives. Many will begin a mission to regulate and control their intake and when they do over indulge will spend time making up for time lost either during drinking sprees or times when they have been under-productive due to feeling ill or hung-over.
So what does an alcoholic look like?
Usually the same as me or you, but they may be over achievers and highly productive at work which is why many bosses cover up for them during difficult times. They may be a good dad, mum, brother, best friend or employee when they are not drinking. They perhaps don’t drink every day and may go days without drinking. The point is, at some point they will have lost the ability to guarantee how much they will drink when they do start.
The common myth is that an alcoholic cannot control his/her drinking. This can be dangerous thinking for an alcoholic because he/she will always be able to recall numerous times when they drank an acceptable amount and their behaviour was in no way other than normal. The trouble is; they cannot guarantee that once they start to drink.
Alcoholism inevitably leads to health problems, family problems, problems at work, injuries, violence, morality, and physical or psychological dependence, to name a few.
Drug dependency, including prescriptions drugs can induce symptoms which resemble mental illness. This can occur both during the intoxicated state and also during the withdrawal stage. In some cases the substance induced psychiatric disorders can persist for a long time and include prolonged psychosis and, or depression after amphetamine or cocaine abuse.
Some of the signs to look out for in drug abuse are tiredness, excessive hunger, lack of motivation, euphoria followed by depression, paranoia, confusion or irritability. Also abuse of depressants can cause lowered inhibitions, poor coordination, slowed heart rate or low blood pressure.