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Is there someone in your family who has exhibited behaviors that just didn’t make sense?
We seem to justify their behavior by saying, “That’s just Colleen,” or, “Jason had it tough as a child,” or “Sometimes Molly acts badly in ways that are out of character with her true self. I just don’t understand it; she really needs to learn to control herself.” Even experienced professionals sometime attribute erratic behavior to these forces and miss an important diagnosis of alcoholism.
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The following questions can help you identify signs of addiction
- Do you notice any lying or twisted logic?
- Do they have a habit of belittling others?
- Are they unusually ‘accident prone?’
- Do they inappropriately blame others?
- Has your loved one experienced any financial shortages, losses of money or other related problems with no logical explanation?
- Does your loved one have a drink first thing in the morning, or right after getting home from work? Many hidden alcoholics have said that they masked the extent of their drinking by having one or two in the company of others, then sneaking away for many more in private.
- Does your loved one have a habit of missing meetings or appointments for unexplained reasons? This could mean a person is too drunk or hung over to attend.
- Does your loved one appear to become agitated or nervous after extended periods of time in the presence of others without having a drink? This could indicate the onset withdrawal symptoms.
- Have you ever discovered that your loved one lied to
you about where she/he was going, who she/he was with or what they were doing?
- Does your loved one ever appear to be glassy-eyed, confused or otherwise less than completely competent?
- And are these troubling displays usually explained away as allergies, reaction to medication or other less-than-believable excuses?
When you step back and consider your loved one’s actions and patterns of behavior, do you suspect that an alcohol problem could be to blame? If so, it is time to seek professional help.