Alcohol

Drinking problems are defined not only by how much and how often someone drinks, but also by the effect drinking has on a person’s overall life: health, home, social, legal, or work.

In the movies, the character with a drinking problem is easy to spot: sullen and estranged, gregarious, or combative. Outside of Hollywood fiction, however, problem drinkers often look like our neighbors, co-workers, loved ones, and friends. They may be highly respected in their careers, beloved by their families, and appear to drink only when socially appropriate. The outward signs and symptoms of a drinking problem aren’t always obvious.

A problematic drinking habit often begins innocently: as a way to relax or transition from work to home, as the most common substance people use to fall asleep, to have sex, to reduce social anxiety, and to enjoy themselves. However, if your pattern of drinking is causing significant distress to those around you or impeding your daily functioning, you may have an alcohol use disorder.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Making unsuccessful attempts to cut down on the amount you drink
  • Spending a lot of time drinking or recovering
  • Feeling a strong craving or urge to drink alcohol
  • Failing to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home
  • Giving up or reducing social and work activities and hobbies
  • Needing more and more alcohol to feel its effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink

Treatment

Alcohol use disorder is a biological, brain-based disease that should be treated with compassion and medical attention. We are committed to exploring the root cause of your unhealthy relationship with alcohol to discover and address any underlying mental health struggles. Through True Life’s neurobiological approach, patients with alcohol use disorder learn to mitigate depression’s impact on the mind and body, and develop strategies for sustainable health practices. True Life’s psychiatry team provides a thorough mental health assessment, and can help you explore medication that may provide symptom relief and help with cravings. During individual and group psychotherapy, patients learn to identify triggers, develop coping skills, and alter harmful thought/behavioral patterns. Our integrative services support your recovery by providing stress reduction, pain relief, and inspiring self-compassion.