When to Go to Rehab for Alcohol? 8 Signs you need professional help now!

When to Go to Alcohol Rehab? 8 Signs You Need Professional Help Now.

Alcoholism is a problem that is encountered by many. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 17 million adults suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD). In some people, the condition is severe enough to bring harm to the drinker – and anguish to his/her loved ones.

They often end up spiraling out of control, and as such, these alcoholics are advised to undergo alcohol rehab. After all, research shows that about 1/3 of ‘rehabilitated’ alcoholics remain abstinent a year after treatment.

With that being said, the question that is often asked is, “When should they go to rehab?” Well, rehab treatment is recommended if you notice any of these grim signs:

1. You drink excessively.

Drinking can have some heart-protective benefits if alcohol is taken in moderation. Technically speaking, the cap should be one drink for women – and two drinks for men.

The term ‘one drink’ is not open for interpretation, as the standard measurement for one drink is either:

  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 5 ounces of rum, whiskey, or tequila

However, if you are a heavy drinker – consuming more than 3 drinks a day for women and more than 4 drinks a day for men – then you may be a good candidate for rehab. It can help you reduce your intake until you can live without any liquor intake at all.

2. You can’t seem to stop drinking.

Sadly, alcohol’s addictive nature makes it hard to quit drinking. According to Dr. Robert Swift of Brown University, alcohol can increase the levels of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that can make one feel ‘good.’ Unfortunately, people end up abusing liquor because of the pleasure it brings. The brain then becomes more sensitized to the effects, and as such, there develops a need to consume higher amounts of alcohol.

If you can’t seem to shake off your alcoholic tendencies no matter how hard you try, then maybe it’s time for you to try a rehab program. It can help you curb your addiction before it’s too late.

3. You need alcohol for basically everything.

  • Is alcohol some form of liquid oxygen for you?
  • Do you need it to get through the day?
  • Do you favor alcohol over coffee to power you in the morning? 
  • Are you unable to socialize without alcohol, your go-to social lubricant? 
  • Come nighttime, are you unable sleep without a drink or two of liquor? 

If you rely on alcohol for basically every single aspect of your life, then it may be time for you to enter rehab. Its interventions can help you learn to live a life devoid of alcohol.

4. You often drink and drive.

Do you often drink and drive? If so - get professional help

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 29 Americans die from alcohol-related vehicular accidents every day. This is one death every 50 minutes. Apart from the huge loss of life, alcohol-related crashes put a huge dent on finances as well. As per the CDC, they cost about $44 billion annually.

If you were able to drink and drive unscathed for more than once, congratulations to you for having done so. With that being said, are you going to continually push your luck? Unless you want to be part of the above-mentioned statistics, it is recommended that you try entering a rehab facility right away.

5. You take alcohol with medications.

Alcohol and drugs – even the prescription ones – are never a good mix. In fact, your alcohol problem makes you 18 times more likely to abuse drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Your medication intake might have a valid reason, but it doesn’t mean that you should drink alcohol with it. Should you continue to do so, you can suffer from loss of consciousness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), and alcohol poisoning. More often than not, these complications can lead to death.

Unless you have a death wish, the best thing you can do to cure both addictions is to check yourself in rehab.

6. You end up hurting people when you’re drunk.

Sure, you love your family with all your heart. However, things are usually different when you’re drunk. You can become hot-tempered and aggressive. That’s because alcohol can affect your cognitive and physical function, thereby reducing your capacity to control yourself.

Excessive alcohol consumption has been associated with rising cases of intimate partner violence. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as much as 55% of Americans have been physically assaulted by their drunk partners.

As such, alcohol treatment is deemed to be the best way to stop this cycle of violence. If you are truly concerned about the safety of your loved ones, it’s only appropriate that you enter a rehab facility right away.

7. Your alcoholic ways badly affect your family life.

Alcoholism can affect your family life adversely. Your drinking habits might lead you to neglect your spouse and children. Instead of going to your child’s recital, you end up blacked out in a bar instead. Instead of buying food to eat, you purchase alcohol with the little money you have left.

To make matters worse, this act may lead to your child developing the same abusive personality as well. After all, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has said that alcohol use disorder seems to run in families. With that being said, rehab proves to a plausible option if you want to save yourself – and your children – from the throes of alcoholism.

8. You are no longer able to perform at work because of alcohol.

Alcohol does not only affect your personal life, as it can get in the way of your work as well. According to the WHO, drinking can lead to loss of productivity as drinkers often show up late at work – if they show up at all. To make matters worse, alcohol can lead to inappropriate behavior and disciplinary problems that can get you fired from work. If your job is hanging by a balance because of your drinking habits, then maybe you should consider signing up for rehab treatment.


Entering rehab treatment is one of the best ways to fight alcoholism for good. If you are wondering when is the best time to check into treatment, the above-mentioned signs should guide you in doing so.

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