Stages of Alcoholism – CBT Kenya
Do you have a drinking problem? It is hard for some people to imagine how alcohol could be problematic. For most individuals, alcohol is something to be enjoyed with family and friends, and many of their social activities revolve around eating and drinking
But alcohol is a nervous system depressant and is also associated with damaging behaviour, as well as the emotional pain and physical disintegration of alcohol addiction, colloquially known as alcoholism.
It’s not always easy to tell when your alcohol intake has crossed the line from moderate or social drinking to problem drinking. The stages of alcoholism can progress to the point that it can have serious consequences for the addicts as well as those around them unless intervention and proper treatment comes into play.
No one becomes addicted to alcohol overnight. You don’t catch alcoholism the way you do the common cold. Substance abuse experts make a distinction between alcohol abuse and alcoholism (also called alcohol dependence).
Common signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse include:
- Repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at home, work, or school because of your drinking. For example, performing poorly at work, flunking classes, neglecting your kids, or skipping out on commitments because you’re hungover.
- Using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, operating machinery while intoxicated, or mixing alcohol with prescription medication against doctor’s orders.
- Experiencing repeated legal problems on account of your drinking. For example, getting arrested for driving under the influence or for drunk and disorderly conduct.
- Continuing to drink even though your alcohol use is causing problems in your relationships. Getting drunk with your buddies, for example, even though you know your wife will be very upset or fighting with your family because they dislike how you act when you drink.
- Drinking as a way to relax or de-stress. Many drinking problems start when people use alcohol to self-soothe and relieve stress. Getting drunk after every stressful day, for example, or reaching for a bottle every time you argue with your spouse or boss.
Like other types of addiction, alcoholism is a progressive disease. Most people are unaware that they are crossing the line from habit to addiction until it is too late for them to stop on their own. The classic signs that recreational drinking is turning into alcoholism include:
- A very strong urge or craving for alcohol.
- The inability to stop drinking once you have started.
- The onset of withdrawal symptoms, such as shakiness, nausea, and sweating, when you have not had a drink for a while.
- The need to drink larger amounts of alcohol to overcome the tolerance your body has built up.
What are the treatments for alcohol use disorder?
Some people may think the only way to deal with alcohol use disorder is with willpower as if it’s a problem they have to work through all on their own. But alcohol use disorder is actually considered a brain disease Alcohol causes changes in your brain that make it hard to quit.
Trying to tough it out on your own can be like trying to cure cancer with cheerful thoughts. It’s not enough. An important first step is to learn more about your treatments, and there is a lot to choose from. One option to consider is seeing a counsellor or therapist.
1. See a Counselor or Therapist
With alcohol use disorder, controlling your drinking is only part of the answer. You also need to learn new skills and strategies to use in everyday life. Psychologists, social workers, or alcohol counsellors can teach you how to:
- Change the behaviours that make you want to drink
- Deal with stress and other triggers
- Build a strong support system
- Set goals and reach them
- Residential rehabilitation – rehab for short – describes a drug and/or alcohol treatment programme that is provided in a residential setting. It is a general term for intensive, supervised programs designed to help people stop using drugs or alcohol and give them the tools they need to live a healthy life. Rehab can help you or someone you love to recover from drug and alcohol dependency and stay sober after detox. However, the length and form of treatment vary, based on your situation.
Below is a list of rehabilitation centres in Central Region, Kenya:
Physical Address – Mairo-Inya
Contact Person – Titus Nderitu
Tel. No. 0717607383/0736 664394
P.O. Box 679-20300 Nyahururu
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box. 42111-00100
Tel: 0786117197, 0706343985
Contact Person: Robert Ng’ang’ a
- Wonder Peace Rehabilitation Centre
County –Kiambu (Ruiru)
Physical Address – Kimbo
P.O. Box – 4364 -00100
Contact Person – Kenneth Kimani Njau
Email – email@example.com
We offer addiction counselling at CBT Kenya. You can give us a call on 0739 935 333/0756 454 585 or visit our website for more details on what we do. We are located at Kims Court, Theta Lane, Off Lenana Road, Kilimani.