Four Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Does this sound familiar?

Your loved one drinks alcohol, but you have started to ask yourself, “Are they drinking too much?”

You do not want to accuse them of being an alcoholic, but alcohol can be abused. Your loved one may need help.

Here are four signs of alcohol abuse:

You are worried.

This is the first sign and it’s what led you to look into more signs of alcohol abuse. You get gut feelings for a reason. Whether it’s your mother or your best friend, you know them well enough to detect when things may be getting out of hand. That is why simply being worried is a sign that your loved one may be abusing alcohol.

Drinking occurs just for the sake of drinking.

When adults start to drink outside of common social situations, this may be a sign of alcohol abuse. Of course, there will be parties and social activities where drinking takes place, but drinking outside of these situations may be a bad sign. If your loved one is drinking frequently, just because they can, this can be a problem.

Alcohol has become a frequent stress reliever.

Alcohol can be used to lighten the mood, but if it is used often to relieve stress, boredom or other issues, this may be abuse. If your loved one suffered a major loss and drinking has severely increased, your loved one may be abusing alcohol. Alcohol is not a solution, and it should not be used as such.

Drinking has overpowered life.

If drinking has caused a neglect of responsibilities, or an overpowering of life, it could be abuse. Alcohol can cause negative problems such as stress on relationships, reckless behavior, and even loss of a job. It can also create health problems and endanger lives, especially if drinking occurs while driving. If this has happened to your loved one, or if any of these symptoms or problems occur due to the use of alcohol, you should seek out help.

Alcohol abuse is a dangerous thing, and can even be an addiction. At Steps Recovery Centers, we know how to detect alcohol abuse, but even better, we know how to get back from it and prevent future dependence.

Read more about our alcohol treatment here.

Choose Rehab Over Prison

With any form of addiction, there comes a time when you may be close to entering prison. You may be breaking laws and pushing boundaries you normally wouldn’t. Addiction has changed who you are as a citizen, a citizen of your town and your country. More importantly, it has changed you from a good person, to someone who struggles to see the good.

You can be inherently good, but if you are not careful, changes caused by addiction can lead to trouble and lead you on the path to prison.

You can find yourself incarcerated, perhaps without the help you need.

Many people who spend time in any sort of detention facility begin a cycle of reabuse. After time in prison, you may find yourself addicted again once you get out. It is a terrible cycle.

This is why you need to choose rehab over prison. You need to take the steps needed to recover right now, rather than ending up in a jail cell where the help you need is so much farther away.

If you procrastinate, you will cross more lines. No one wants to be in prison, but it will be especially be detrimental to those facing addictions.

You can choose to break your chains.

Addiction is a prison. You are trapped by your attachments to drugs and/or alcohol.

Don’t be. Go to rehab and find your freedom.

Rehab may seem like a prison of it’s own, but it’s not. It’s a place that can give you freedom from addiction. Rehab can help you break chains that wouldn’t be able to break on your own.

You may be under an illusion of happiness.

Heather King was under an illusion. She has written memoirs, blogs, and essays, but also said something very powerful about alcoholism. She said, “I once heard a sober alcoholic say that drinking never made him happy, but it made him feel like he was going to be happy in about fifteen minutes. That was exactly it, and I couldn’t understand why the happiness never came, couldn’t see the flaw in my thinking, couldn’t see that alcohol kept me trapped in a world of illusion, procrastination, paralysis. I lived always in the future, never in the present. Next time, next time! Next time I drank it would be different, next time it would make me feel good again. And all my efforts were doomed, because already drinking hadn’t made me feel good in years.”

 

Live today. Choose now. Escape your trap.

Choose rehab over prison. Visit one of our drug rehabs in Utah to begin your journey to a healthy and free life. You can call our friendly staff any time at 801-465-5111.

Why Should You Go to Rehab?

Rehabilitation Centers are not meant to be fun—they are meant to change you for the better. That doesn’t mean there won’t be fun activities or good friendships, but rehab is meant to get you back on track, away from drugs and/or alcohol.

Go to rehab to save yourself.

To recover, to get back to a normal life, to save yourself, you need rehabilitation. Addiction can debilitate and ruin you. If your tolerance increases and you continue to increase the dose, you can overdose. Rehab can save you.

We know how to heal you.

If you have an addiction that you have tried to stop, but can’t, you need to go to rehab. Rehabilitation centers know how to heal you. They know how to detoxify your body and help you get through the withdrawals. If you try that alone, you may find that it feels nearly impossible. With the right prescription medicine and treatment, the load can feel a little lighter.

We understand your pain.

Recovery centers often have staff that are recovered addicts. That is true for Steps Recovery Centers as well. We have been there and know how hard it is to recover, but that means we are also here to get you through it.

You will have a support group.

In rehab, you will find that you are surrounded by people who are going through the same thing. Group therapy and activities will help you to bond with this group as you recover together.

Your relationships depend on it.

When you are struggling with addiction, chances are your relationships are struggling as well. It is hard to truly be human when your body is so dependent on a substance. Making the commitment to go to a recovery center will show your loved ones that you are sincerely trying. It will show them that you do want to be clean.

You need it.

It may be expensive, but rehab will be worth the cost in the end. Your life is priceless. Moreover, if you fully recover, you can maintain a stable job, something you may not be able to do while struggling with addiction. Employers, friends, and family need you to recover. You need you to recover.

To learn more about our addiction recovery program, go to StepsRC.com.

How to Switch from Addiction to Recovery

Addiction is a brain disease. It is something that changes the way you think. To recover, you have to turn back the way you think. You have to revert back to when you were in control. Turn the mindset of doing anything to stay loaded into a mindset that you’ll do anything to be clean.

First off, you need to start today, and you need to take it slow.

Start today.

Stop looking for your fix. Do not let yourself succumb to that anymore. To truly be in control, you cannot let drugs control you.

Take it slow.

Recovery takes time, and even just deciding to recover can be a hard process. There will be setbacks. It will be hard. Let yourself get to recovery in a timely, but possible manner. Take it slow and breathe.

 

Then, you can start to switch from addiction to recovery.

 

Use what you learned from addiction to recover.

Addiction made you realize just how possible things are, if you simply want it. With addiction, if you wanted a fix, you got it. No matter how hard it was, or what barriers you faced, you got what you wanted. The same can be true in recovery. If you want it, you will work towards it and face whatever obstacles come your way. You can recover.

Addiction may have also taught you that life can be cruel. Recovery can teach you that same lesson. Becoming sober can be cruel, but it is worth it. There will be long days, and mental breakdowns, but that is the price of recovery.

Addiction showed you that life has rewards. In addiction, there was the reward of a fix or a high. But that reward also destroyed you. It was not a healthy reward. In recovery, there is a much better reward than addiction. At the end of recovery, there is a healed body and mind, and a life to build up again. You can be you again.

 

Addiction doesn’t have to destroy you. You can use what you learned in addiction to recover. Your life is worth it. Finding recovery is a phenomenal reward, in of itself. Start today. Steps Recovery Centers can help.

There is Always Hope

If you open our homepage, this is what you will see:

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There is always hope.

At Steps Recovery Centers, we sincerely believe in this. We sincerely believe in you.

We know that recovery is possible. We have built multiple, successful facilities around this idea.

Addiction does not have to be permanent. It does not have to leave you empty. We want you and your family to feel whole again.

However, we know this attitude can be hard to maintain, especially during difficult times. How do we stay hopeful?

We have seen recovery.

We have seen it in the lives of those in our recovery centers and those elsewhere. We have seen complete transformations and it shows us just how possible recovery is. People can change and sobriety can be found.

We know firsthand that it is possible.

Much of the staff at Steps Recovery Centers have conquered addiction. They are not only qualified to help with recovery, but they physically and mentally know how it feels to be addicted. They work closely with our residents as they face their recovery journey.

We believe.

Even though we have seen and felt recovery, one important element of remaining hopeful is through belief. We keep pushing through, with a belief in recovery. To recover, we have to believe that it is possible. And we do. We do believe that recovery can come for anyone, anywhere.

If you need help finding the hope in recovery, come to a Steps Recovery Center, a quality rehab in Utah.

Why Is Recovery Important?

Why does recovery matter? Why can we not just leave everything else out and simply let it be? Why?

The answer is simple: we are human. We have emotional bonds and mental ties to things in life. We cannot cut everything off, because then we would be cutting ourselves off from what truly matters. Family, life, health, they are all important. And to truly have them all back, recovery must happen.

Family.

They care. You care. Someone out there is thinking of you and you are thinking of someone out there. If you want your family to truly be happily together again, take the steps to recover. Making peace with your family is a part of recovery and you will need their support. It is easier to share burdens than to lift your weight alone.

Health.

Addiction takes a toll on family, life, and health. Addiction can make it hard to think clear, and to make reasonable decisions. Everything may center around just one thing, but that’s not how life is supposed to be. There is family to love, and a life to live. If you do not take the time to recover and find true health again, it will continue to be hard to fulfill family responsibilities and life goals. Without good health, there is no ‘living life to the fullest’, because there is no full you.

Life.

Recovery matters because life matters. Whether it’s you or a loved one who is struggling with addiction, make sure it is known that life matters. We are all here for something and we are not here alone. We are together. We are together to figure this life out, to make contributions only we can make, and to better the world around us. You are needed because you are you.

So find yourself again. Live your life, and be with your family. Come to a Steps Recovery Center to make it happen.

5 Ways to Minimize Addiction Stigma

When it comes to drug addiction, stigma is everywhere. There always seems to be a mocking comment or stereotypical answer when facing others who are unaware of your situation.

“How could that happen to you? Why could you not prevent this? There is no way out for you, is there?”

These comments hurt. They shout at you. They sum you up and put you down in a matter of moments.

But that “set of negative and often unfair beliefs” about drug addiction can be minimized so you can live your life and focus on recovery as family.

  1. Try not to be too sensitive. Although you may have every right to be offended, don’t let it eat you up. If you allow yourself to be in control, the comments and assumptions don’t have to hurt as much.
  2. Be an educator. Don’t let people walk on by with false assumptions. Correct them gently. Let them know the truths of addiction. Educate them so that they do not make the same mistake again.
  3. Be understanding. Not everyone understands the full scopes of addiction. If you can understand that, you’ll be better off. When someone misjudges your situation, be open to the fact that there may just be a misunderstanding.
  4. Be open. Stigma can sometimes be created due to the hush-hush of addiction. If you are open and honest with yourself and others, the stigma may start to fade. This doesn’t mean that every detail needs to be out in the public, but perhaps it will prevent judgement if you realize that people will have questions. Be willing to answer them when you are comfortable.
  5. Be an advocate for recovery. Educate yourselves and others that recovery is possible. Addiction doesn’t have to be shamed. It can be recovered from. Allow that to be a journey, not an end.

Addiction is hard and stigma can make it harder. It can hurt families and individuals that are struggling with addiction. Follow these steps to help avoid that stigma.

If you are in need of a recovery center, learn more about Steps Recovery Center, a drug rehab in Utah, here.

What’s the Difference Between Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction?

It can be hard to understand human nature, especially when that nature leads us to make harmful decisions. The questions seem endless. Why does someone need more and more of the same thing? Why doesn’t the small dose an addict started with have the same effect as it did in the beginning? How can this ever-growing need be stopped?

Before healing can be begin, we first need to understand the difference between tolerance, dependence, and addiction.

Tolerance.

When using an addictive substance, the pleasure received will not remain the same. Eventually, a small dose will fail to have the same effect as it once did and that is why addicts tend to need more and more of something. They want the same feelings of pleasure they received when they first started using the drug. To do that, you need to increase the dose.

To define it, Merck Manual said tolerance “is a person’s diminished response to a drug, which occurs when the drug is used repeatedly and the body adapts to the continued presence of the drug.”

Medical News Today said, “After a while, the user of the potentially addictive substance does not get the same pleasure and has to increase the dose – his/her body’s tolerance to it increases. Eventually, the user no longer experiences pleasure from the substance and takes it simply to prevent withdrawal symptoms – taking the substance just makes them feel normal.”

The National Institute on Drugs or NIH said, “The development of tolerance is not addiction, although many drugs that produce tolerance also have addictive potential.”

Tolerance and addiction are not alone though. There is also drug dependence.

Drug Dependence.

The NIH said that drug dependence and addiction can go hand in hand, but are slightly different.

Drug dependence is when one has a “strong desire to experience the effects of the drug.” This can be physical or psychological.

Addiction

Addiction though, is what seems to tip the scale. A drug user, as much as they may want to be clean, cannot stop taking the drug. That is addiction.

NIH summarized it simply:

“Addiction is a brain disease.

  • Drugs change how the brain works.
  • These brain changes can last for a long time.
  • They can cause problems like mood swings, memory loss, even trouble thinking and making decisions.”

Tolerance, drug dependence, and addiction can seem to be very similar. Understanding their subtle differences can help the addicted and their loved ones find the best path to freedom and healing. If you or a loved one needs help facing their addiction, learn more about Steps Recovery Center, a drug rehab in Utah dedicated to treatments and help that work. Addiction is painful, but we can help one become strong again.

Battling Drug Addiction with Nutrition

When facing addiction, being nutritious may hardly be on the forefront of your mind. But some studies and articles show that nutrition may help to heal the body.

According to some experts, along with the many effects of addiction, comes malnutrition.

Jenny Smiechowski from thefix.com said, “The very act of ingesting drugs or alcohol wreaks havoc on the body. Alcohol, for example, impedes nutrient breakdown and assimilation resulting in nutritional deficiencies.

Moreover, Smiechowski noted that, “In addition to the purely physiological implications of drug and alcohol abuse, there is another factor that results in a less than stellar nutritional report card for addicts: lifestyle. A person consumed by addiction is less likely to eat healthfully. Some drugs cause you to eat too much, others too little.”

As Smiechowski made evident, addiction can override health in multiple ways. But eating healthy could result in a stronger battle against drug addiction.

Medline Plus of the U.S. National Library of Medicine said, “When a person feels better, they are less likely to start using alcohol and drugs again. Because balanced nutrition helps improve mood and health, it is important to encourage a healthy diet in a person recovering from alcohol and other drug problems.”

However, it is important, as Medline Plus said, to prioritize sobriety over sticking to a diet.

What is suggested then, if one is to attempt a healthier diet as they recover?

Medline Plus suggested regular mealtimes, foods with lower fat, more protein, and perhaps vitamin and mineral supplements. On top of this, physical activity and rest are also important factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the road to recovery.

Recovery and dieting are battles in of themselves, but together, they may allow for a stronger you.

If you or a family member are struggling with recovery, these healthy tips may help. Talk to your doctor to see what changes you or your loved one should make, or come to Steps where we can help with recovery.

Fighting Addiction with Daily Decisions

Choices. Each morning of each day brings new ones. This is true for every life, for every person, no matter who you are. Daily decisions are required, from the seemingly mundane to the momentous. When you are facing an addiction and addiction recovery, you are required to make some extremely hard decisions each and every day.

Addiction recovery requires a will-power strong enough to say no to desire. It requires the energy to stand against the physical temptations.

But every day, addiction can be fought. Every day, decisions can be made that say no to addiction.

Choose to be strong.

Chose to be healthy.

Choose to say no.

Choose to have hope.

Choose to be sober.

These are five among many, but these decisions are a good starting point.

If you are not addicted, but your loved one is, there are daily decisions you can make as well.

Choose to be supportive.

Choose to be loving.

Choose to say no.

Choose to have hope.

In all circumstances, these choices are vital. Addiction makes them even more necessary.

If you take recovery one day at a time, decision by decision, you can recover. You can be strong, healthy, loving, supportive, and hopeful.

And if all of this is not enough. If it still seems impossible. Rehabilitation is available. If you are searching for drug rehab in Utah, Steps Recovery Centers are there. Learn more at stepsrc.com.