You might find yourself waking up in the morning with a feeling of dread, wondering what happened the night before. Employers may offer “one last warning” over your drinking and how it has affected your workplace performance. You may experience trouble with law enforcement or hear a voice in your head that keeps telling you to stop drinking. These examples are but a scratch on the surface of what a problem with alcohol looks like. You might be uncertain if you have alcohol use disorder, or you might be reading this as a family member, friend, or coworker seeing the signs of trouble and looking for ways to help. No matter your circumstances, it should be comforting to know that help is available, and nobody has to walk through this alone. Call The National Rehab Hotline at 866-210-1303 anytime, and someone will be there to assist you.
What to Expect From Our Alcohol Hotline
When you call The National Rehab Hotline, you can expect:
• No Judgement
• Assistance geared toward options in your geographic area or in farther reaching areas on a case-by-case basis
• Help in determining which program is preferable, such as inpatient or outpatient
• Guidance about the symptoms of alcohol use disorder
Money is a topic that frequently arises in conversation about treatment. Rest assured that the call to The National Rehab Hotline is free of charge. Our only aim is to be of assistance. We can also help you determine if the treatment options you’re interested in are covered by your health insurance provider. If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of alcohol dependency and addiction, we’re here to provide answers and assistance.
It’s imperative to recognize that you have a problem before you can look for solutions. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offers a short questionnaire that can bring to light whether a problem with alcohol exists or not. This survey should be completed by the person who thinks they may have a problem as they will be better able to answer the questions honestly.
Regardless if you are the one questioning your own drinking or if you are close to the problem drinker, when it comes to alcohol and substance use disorder, two main factors are important to consider. There are both physical and mental components to addiction, and these two factors often help explain why the problem drinker has bouts of stopping only to start drinking again within days, weeks or months. In some cases, the problem drinker may stay dry for years only to wind up drinking yet again.
Alcoholics Anonymous teaches about understanding the physical and mental components of addiction. The Alcoholics Anonymous founding members state, “If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably an alcoholic.” Upon reading the word “alcoholic,” you may be angry or have trouble admitting to yourself that you have a problem. Relax. Nobody can call you an alcoholic; that is something each person must decide for themselves based upon their experience and what alcoholism is.
Some drinkers can stop consuming alcohol and not endure any withdrawal symptoms. Others are not as fortunate. This depends on the quantity of alcohol one has consumed and over how long of a period of time. Each individual’s body chemistry plays a role, of course. What should not be ignored is the serious nature of alcohol detoxification.
The most common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include the following:
• Increased heart rate or blood pressure
• Shaking, also known as tremors, commonly found in the hands
• Increased sweating
• Seeing or hearing things that are not present
• Delirium tremens, which can include hallucinations, disorientation, confusion and fever
If you are experiencing a medical emergency and reside in the United States, call 911 to get immediate help.
Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal, so it’s important to know the symptoms and speak with people who can help. If you are on the fence about how serious your drinking problem is and whether you may experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms, call The National Rehab Hotline at 866-210-1303 and speak with one of our representatives. Remember, it is better to err on the side of caution.
You have determined that you have a problem with alcohol. You’ve made a call to The National Rehab Hotline to learn about local treatment options, and you are on your way to recovery. What now?
Depending upon your situation, it could be that you are referred to an outpatient or inpatient treatment center, or you might have a referral to a local recovery fellowship. These are just a few possibilities.
Regardless of the route you take, it’s important to understand what happens next. What is life in recovery from alcohol use disorder like? In one word: freedom.
Being in bondage to alcohol can make life unbearable. Now, in recovery, you can begin to experience a new freedom. Perhaps you will find that attendance in a recovery-oriented fellowship, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, helps you. Other options certainly exist besides AA, so it’s up to you to find your own journey of recovery from alcoholism.
Given that AA is the most popular support group for those with a drinking problem, there are many members of this worldwide fellowship who can offer fellowship along your recovery journey. You might first encounter support groups in the inpatient or outpatient treatment center where you start rehab. Most of these treatment options work in cooperation with recovery fellowships such as AA. You should be appointed a counselor who will work one-on-one with you. It will be through this relationship that suggestions will be given as to where you can go for help while you continue treatment and then, most importantly, once you leave the treatment setting. Most inpatient settings introduce patients to recovery meetings while there. Outpatient settings generally bring this element of recovery to the patient in the group or individual settings.
Common Alcoholism Questions
Our hotline operators are trained to respond to various inquiries that come through their lines. They also have access to resources if they aren’t positive about an answer, so no question about alcohol use and abuse is off-limits for a hotline operator. Examples of questions you may have include:
• Am I drinking too much?
• How do I tell if my friend or family member is drinking too much?
• If I want to stop drinking but can’t, what can I do?
• Does my insurance cover treatment for alcohol use disorder?
• Are there any good rehab programs near me?
• How do I talk to the young people in my life about drinking?
• I’m afraid to tell my parents that I started drinking because I’m a minor. What can I do?
• My friend stole money from her parents to buy alcohol. I’m worried, but I don’t know what to do. Can you help me?
• What are the signs of an overdose?
When someone has started to drink excessively, he or she may feel ashamed. If this individual has successfully quit drinking in the past but has now re-started, he or she may feel doubly ashamed about the behavior. A hotline operator is a neutral person who will answer your questions without judgment or emotions. He or she can steer you toward the correct resources you need regardless of the type of alcohol problem you have. If you also struggle with drugs or mental health issues, the operator can also provide you with resources for those challenges.
How Much Does It Cost?
A call to our anonymous alcoholic hotline is free and so is Alcoholics Anonymous. Most of the resources the operator provides will also be free. If further medical or mental health treatment is needed, the operator can help you figure out if your insurance covers treatment or how to find out this important information. The operators at The National Rehab Hotline are available right now and every hour of the day to ensure that your call is answered. Remember, the number is 866-210-1303.
Importance of Treating Alcohol Use Disorder
Untreated alcohol use disorder can have devastating consequences. Billions of dollars in the United States are spent every year to combat and treat alcohol addiction. Many more millions are spent on the alcohol itself.
The economic side effects of an addiction can be devastating, but excessive alcohol use can lead to other problems as well. In 2012, there were 3.3 million deaths worldwide attributed to alcohol consumption. That is almost 6% of all deaths.
Death by alcohol consumption comes in a variety of ways. Excessive drinking can cause liver and kidney problems and other health issues such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. There are also deaths caused by drinking and driving. Also included in the statistics are infant and child deaths caused by parents who neglect or abuse their children due to excessive alcohol consumption.
If you or your loved one is suffering from an alcohol use disorder, be encouraged that treatment is available. Alcohol addictions have been successfully treated for years. Treatment often consists of a combination of medications, behavioral therapy, and counseling. Many health insurance policies even cover the cost of rehab.
By calling The National Rehab Hotline, you will receive targeted local responses to your questions. This is a great way to find out what types of resources are available in your local area. The call is free, and no identifying information will be recorded. Your questions and responses will remain anonymous.
People may be fearful to call a hotline because they are afraid of legal retribution following whatever information they provide to the operator. Rest assured that the operator is not going to share your information with anyone. All questions and responses are treated with a high level of confidentiality, so you can feel free to call at any time. Call us today at 866-210-1303. It’s a decision you won’t regret.