Identifying that you or a loved one has a problem with drinking can sometimes be easy, however, it can feel difficult as we don’t want to admit we can see the signs. If you can answer yes to one or more of the below 10 questions, your drinking may already be causing harm to yourself or those around you. Answering yes to more than one of the below symptoms of having an alcohol problem, leads to an urgent need of action and change.

1. Are you more often drinking to excess?

You may find yourself drinking most days, or every day, at inappropriate times or as a mechanism to cope. These are signs of an alcohol problem.

2. Have you tried to cut drinking out of your life and couldn’t?

You think you are drinking too much, so you say you are going to cut down on your drinking. Then you are offered one drink and you find yourself having ten. The more you drink, the more you feel like you wanted to drink and then you wake up the next day not knowing where you went wrong. At Istana Jiwa, we will create a personalized program that includes aftercare to ensure you have the tools to continue your sobriety once you leave our private and confidential one-on-one program.

3. Have you ever chose alcohol over family, friends, work or life?

Are you family, friends, partner or loved ones telling you that they want you to seek help because of your dependency on alcohol. You might notice that you are losing relationships with friends, your quality of work is slipping, and life is starting to spin out of control. If you are frequently calling in sick, cancelling on social engagements and feeling embarrassed as a result of your drinking; this is a sign you have an alcohol problem that needs treatment.

4. Do you feel as though you have lost control over the ability to stop yourself from drinking?

You thought you could just have one, maybe two drinks and found yourself not stopping until you have blacked out. You didn’t have the ability to slow down or stop, no matter how hard you told yourself you could or tried.

5. Do you experience the urge, a strong need or a craving to have a drink?

If you find yourself watching the clock, sneaking away at work or in social situations to have a drink because you are feeling the effects of withdrawal; this is a sign of alcohol dependency that you should seek treatment for.

6. Have you stopped doing regular activities that were your hobbies, of importance or gave you a purpose in order to continue to drink?

If you find yourself feeling disconnected to things you once were a part of, skipping out on your routine activities because you can’t help yourself from drinking no matter how determined you are to resist; this is identified as a drinking problem. You may also find you relationships with friends, partners and family are being strained or becoming violent as a result of drinking.

7. Have you found yourself in a dangerous or compromising situation as a result of drinking?

You may have been caught drink driving, being physically, emotionally, verbally abusive to another person, stealing, swimming whilst under the influence, having unsafe sex, not remembering where you are or how you got there, using machinery or finding yourself in dangerous areas. These are all causes for concern that require treatment for your dependency.

8. Do you find yourself feeling withdrawal symptoms like shaking, sweating, sleep-deprived or nausea?

Withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person and their severity can impact the response you take. You may have thought you can try to detox alone, however, this can be dangerous as the initial phases of a detox can trigger suppressed feelings of depression, anxiety, emotional and physical trauma, as well as health complications because your body is not familiar with the feeling of being without alcohol. At Istana Jiwa we can make an initial assessment on the detox you require and take appropriate measures to ensure you experience a less threatening, safe and supportive detox under the care of our medical practitioners.

9. Do you find yourself drinking to cope with the pressures of day-to-day life?

Alcohol dependency is sometimes a result of a person’s way of coping with; the death of a loved one, significant health issues, financial or stress-related problems, mental health, sexual abuse, burnout, family pressures, society pressure and more. If you are finding yourself using alcohol as a coping tool, call Istana Jiwa for treatment as this is a sign of an alcohol problem.

10. Does drinking still give you the same feeling of happiness?

You may find yourself chasing the high you once got from drinking or trying to feel a sense of normal. To do this you’ll find you frequently drink larger amounts which chances are forming a level of substance dependency which requires treatment from our team.

Have you answered yes to one of the above questions? Maybe it might have been more than one. If you consider this an issue, please contact us for a confidential discussion with a member of our team. You can call us 24/7 at +61 411 512 512 or email info@istanajiwa.com to schedule a meeting with our team.

When we say we are a confidential luxury rehabilitation program, we mean it. All information you provide to Istana Jiwa is kept confidential and will never be shared outside of your personalised program without your prior permission.

Contact us today for a confidential discussion.

The team at Istana Jiwa is standing by to help you.

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