Alcoholism is a long-term disease, not a lack of willpower. It has known symptoms and is influenced by your genes and your environment.
Are You Addicted to Alcohol?
You might be dependent on alcohol if:
- You cannot quit drinking or control how much you drink.
- You drink in the morning, often being drunk fo rlong periods of time.
- You drink alone.
- You need to drink more to get the same effect.
- You feel guilty after drinking.
- You have withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. These include feeling sick to your stomach, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety.
- You spend a lot of time drinking and have given up other activities so you can drink.
- You have tried to quit drinking or to cut back the amount you drink but haven't been able to.
- You hide your drinking.
- You don't remember what you did while you were drinking.
- You worry that you won't get enough alcohol for an evening or weekend.
Treatment depends on how severe your addiction is. Some people are able to recover by seeing a counselor, while others need medical treatment and require a stay in a hospital or treatment center.
Our STAR locations offer outpatient drug and alcohol counseling.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital offers inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction. The average length of stay is 19 days but varies depending on insurance. You will receive 24-hour service and be able to remove yourself from negative environments and friends. This can be the key to recovery, as it allows you to remove yourself from triggers, while you learn to live without alcohol. Around-the-clock therapy and medical support can help you to focus on your recovery. Call (716) 298-2115 for more information.