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Published on: 29 Mar 2017 by samuel
You love your child. He is an extension of you. In most cases, there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for your son. But knowing what to do isn’t always easy, particularly when it can be a painful choice. Seeing a child in distress, even if they aren’t a child anymore, is difficult for a parent. Equally difficult can be making the decision to send your son to an alcohol addiction treatment center for young men. But it is likely a choice between a life of devastation and ruin (or worst case scenario – death) and a chance at redemption and your son becoming a responsible, confident, contributing member of society.
Exploring the Possible Signs of Alcohol Abuse
There will likely be signs that there is a problem with alcohol abuse before the problem actually becomes full-blown alcohol addiction. Some of the signs and symptoms that your son may be abusing alcohol could possibly include the following:
• Even though drinking may make certain physical conditions worse, your son continues to drink.
• After drinking, there are injuries and accidents occurring.
• Blackouts or memory losses after drinking are becoming more and more common.
• Even though your son knows that it’s risky, before he goes boating, driving, or operates machinery he insists on drinking anyway.
• Due to being sick or hung over, general activities, school, or work is being interfered with because of alcohol consumption.
When Alcohol Abuse Turns into Addiction…
As with most addictions and the individuals that they directly influence, there are signs and symptoms to watch for when trying to identify whether or not there is a real problem that needs to be dealt with. Some of the signs and symptoms listed below are bound to show up once your son’s alcohol abuse has progressed to full-blown alcohol addiction:
• Social activities aren’t interesting unless they include drinking. Your son always wants to make sure that there is alcohol on hand because it has become a focal point in his life.
• Your son is still drinking even after professing a desire to quit.
• In order to solve problems or relieves stress, the individual will rely constantly upon alcohol.
• He makes excuses and tries to conceal the fact that he is drinking in excess.
• Your son is drinking alone, stays drunk for long periods, and begins drinking early on in his day.
• He is still drinking even though relationships, family, his education, and possibly his career has suffered harm due to the drinking.
• It looks like your son is constantly either recovering from drinking or, when not recovering, is spending all his time drinking.
• In order to spend more time drinking, your son has given up friends and activities that used to offer enjoyment.
• Your son might feel anxious, shaky, sweaty, or sick when he ceases alcohol consumption – these are symptoms of withdrawal.
• In order to achieve the same high or buzz that he used to get, it seems like he needs to drink more and more.
• Your son may not appear to have any kind of control over how much he drinks.
It isn’t easy to admit that you have a drinking problem and it may be even harder for you to admit that your son has one. We want to believe that our children make all the right choices and that we’ve raised them to be responsible, thoughtful individuals. A problem with addiction doesn’t make an individual a bad person. Bad choices were made that led to a physical and psychological addiction. It happens to the best of the best. What matters now is that the problem is addressed and dealt with.
If you think that there might be a problem, there probably is one. Don’t ignore even the slightest signs or symptoms. Sitting down with your son to discuss these issues may or may not bring immediate results. It could take time for him to understand that there is a problem here and that we need to take care of that. Remember, admitting that you have a problem is the first step in dealing with it, and he may not be willing to do that right away. Tenacity is an essential factor in this equation – both on your part and on your son’s, once he begins rehab.
Finding a reputable, trained, professional, medically backed rehab center will be the smartest choice that you and your son can make. You are in for a marathon here, however, not a sprint. He did not become addicted overnight and he is not going to be cured overnight. Love, care, and time are all required in order to clear this life altering hurdle.