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Addiction and isolation are very closely related. Sometimes feelings of isolation can cause a person to turn to substance abuse, while long-term substance abuse and addiction can further exacerbate isolation.
This can easily lead a person feeling completely detached from the people around them, overall society and even themselves.
Using intervention techniques when suggesting that a loved one should seek addiction treatment makes the process easier and more likely to be successful.
Interventions create change and allow family and friends to take a loving stance for the benefit of a loved one. They allow everyone involved the opportunity to talk about the situation and how the effects of substance abuse and alcoholism travel far beyond the person addicted to them.
One of the tools that addiction counseling teaches you is how to say no. It also helps you realise that saying no can be easy and does not mean that you are selfish.
There are many people who believe that the only way to show someone kindness is to do what they ask of them, regardless of what the consequences will be.
Alcohol abuse has many devastating effects on everyone who is involved; the individual, their family, friends and even strangers.
These effects leave a deep imprint in the lives of people and can be extremely traumatic. The experiences people have which are related to alcoholism are very seldom positive and can cause ripples that travel far into the future.
Functioning alcoholics are often not seen by their peers and loved ones as being alcoholics, because as their name suggests, they are functioning.
Unlike a dysfunctional alcoholic, functioning alcoholics generally appear to have their lives together. They are able to perform at their job, pay for expenses and maintain their overall day to day tasks.
In fact, because they are able to maintain their lives so well, people including themselves, will often overlook their drinking completely.
"There were two things that resonated with me. One was running out of alibis. I had no more excuses — I’d used up every upset stomach, every possible version of “being sick”, every dead aunt, every flat battery or tyre. That, and I’d started keeping company with inferiors ..."
Making the conscious decision to stop drinking is not easy, because the desire to cut alcohol out of your life may be far less attractive than going with the flow.
For most people social drinking is a norm and many use it to "take the edge off" at the end of the working day.
However when does the social drinking become drinking excessively and to what extent does the edge become too risky to take?
The AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The test correctly classifies 95% of people into either alcoholics or non-alcoholics. It was tested on 2000 people before being published.
It is extremely reliable when it comes to assessing alcohol addiction.
Information on substance abuse, the different types of substance abuse drugs and the effects they have on their user is not always easily available.
At Step Away Treatment Centre we believe alcoholism can be defined as the problematic use of alcohol.
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