How do you know if you have a problem with alcohol? – Alcoholism

How do you know if you have a problem with alcohol? – Alcoholism

How do you know if you have a problem with alcohol? - Alcoholism - Malibu Beach RehabFor many people drinking alcohol is a large part of social and business functions. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between occasional drinking to excess vs. alcoholism. When someone is a “functional alcoholic” it becomes even harder to make the distinction as it appears to many that they are holding down a job and functioning fine and that alcohol is not a problem for them. This is part of the misconception that an alcoholic is only someone that is homeless and has lost everything. Every year people who appear to be able to handle their drinking and look to many like they are functioning fine die from alcoholism.

Some signs of alcoholism include an increased tolerance to alcohol (needing more drinks to “get buzzed”), some missed work or school days or a decrease in performance, hiding alcohol in strange places, poor eating habits resulting in weight gain or loss, decreased attention to appearance and cleanliness, becoming angry or irritable when alcohol is not available, and becoming defensive if any questions are asked about the amount or frequency of their drinking.

Some things to look out for are if a person has recently experienced a trauma or stressful event in their life or if you know of past trauma from their childhood that they have never dealt with. If a person has family members who are alcoholics or addicts then they may also have a genetic predisposition towards not being able to just drink socially. Be aware that some people are binge drinkers and can go seemingly long periods without drinking but then when they do they always drink to excess. Daily drinking is not a requirement to be considered an alcoholic or someone that has a problem with drinking.

If you or someone you know think there may be a problem with drinking there is help available. Drug treatment centers can help teach the skills needed and provide the support to help begin a life of sobriety. Alcoholism is a deadly disease- it is vital to seek help immediately. If you have a loved one suffering don’t listen to excuses for their drinking or let their defensiveness put you off. You can be the person that reaches out to help them save their life.

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Family Involvement

Family Involvement

Malibu beach Rehab - Family InvolvementAt Oceanside we provide individualized evidence based recovery programs designed to address a client’s current life circumstances and specific underlying problems and issues. While the first and most critical step is to remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol we also know that there are many reasons why people become addicts and alcoholics. Our team of treatment professionals work to properly access each client so they can begin the healing process and gain the tools they need in order to replace their old destructive methods of dulling their pain.

In addition to having a strong 12 step program, we focus more intensely than other treatment programs in working with each clients family to provide them with the therapy and education they will need to support each client when they return home. We know that addiction is an illness that effects family, friends and professional associates so we work throughout each clients stay to educate those closest to them about the disease of addiction.

We help clients to find a passion and purpose in life while leading a life of honesty, integrity, following through with commitments and service to others. We teach clients how to forgive themselves and others and form healthy, appropriate relationships. At Oceanside we guide you every step of the way during the first difficult year of sobriety as you begin your new life. Oceanside’s highly skilled staff is constantly working with clients with the latest cutting edge, clinically based treatment modalities. Oceanside Malibu’s team of addiction professionals is known for providing an unparalleled addiction treatment program that has enabled many “hopeless” cases to finally achieve long term sobriety. We are proud to say that numerous treatment centers across the country have referred their most difficult clients to Oceanside knowing our outstanding reputation for achieving therapeutic breakthroughs and long term behavioral change with previously unsuccessful dual diagnosed clients.

Oceanside Malibu is respected world wide for being a pioneer of providing truly compassionate family systems model of treatment.

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia - Malibu Beach RehabSchizophrenia is a complex mental disorder which makes it difficult for the person to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences. This can be frightening and confusing to the person who has this mental disorder, as well as their family, friends, and loved ones. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that rarely emerges in childhood; rather, it comes on in early adulthood, usually around the age of 18 for males and 22 for females.

 

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