If you have asked yourself the question, “am I an alcoholic?” then you must be thinking that you may need help for your alcohol use. There are a number of self assessments that requires you to consider your alcohol use and can give you a general idea of whether or not there is cause for concern.

Denial is one of the most common stumbling blocks that prevent many individuals from getting the help that they need. Seeking assistance for excessive alcohol use is a step that many find difficult to take. There are certainly some questions you can ask yourself when considering if you have a problem with alcohol use or not. However, you should refrain from calling yourself an alcoholic. Labeling yourself can create a dim light for your future moving forward and beyond alcohol use.

Some questions you can ask yourself regarding your alcohol usage:

  • Do you miss work because of drinking?
  • Does drinking affect your home life?
  • Does drinking change your personality?
  • Does drinking make you feel guilt or shame?
  • Have you lost your ambition or goals because of drinking?
  • Do you crave alcohol?
  • Are you at risk of losing your job or your family because of your drinking?
  • Do you have family members that have drinking problems?

If you can answer yes to any or all of those questions, according to the self scoring assessments, then you are probably have a problem with overusing alcohol.

If by this point you have determined that you have an alcohol use issue, you need to determine if you need detox. Detox will purge the toxins in your system that has built up because of your alcohol use. The method of detox will determine how significantly you are affected by the withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include headache, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, anxiety and irritability, in some cases depression and fatigue.

Once you have completed detox, you may want to consider entering a program to help you continue your life free from alcohol use. 12 step programs are the most common type of after detox rehab program but remember that 12 step programs hold to the view that you have a disease and that there is no cure. There also is no need to be forced into a program that your detox recommends. Truly do your research and enroll into a program that will provide you the greatest amount of benefits.