Compassionate Interventions excels at intervening on those with an alcohol problem. With the prolific use of alcohol in most societies around the world due to its legal status, it is often hard to identify if someone really “has a problem.” Unfortunately, many people do have a problem, but due to alcohol’s social acceptability, it is often overlooked. Some signs and symptoms to think about when examining a loved-one for a potential problem are (according to the DSM-IV):
1) Tolerance – Does your loved one have to drink more alcohol to get the same effect they normally achieve?
2) Withdrawal – Does your loved one shake in the morning after drinking the day or night prior? Other forms of withdrawal are inability to fall asleep without alcohol first or increased agitation without drinking.
3) Unsuccessful attempts – Has your loved one tried unsuccessfully to “slow down” or “stop” drinking? Even if your loved one quit for a day (“See, I don’t have a problem!”) and began drinking again, this is often apparent with alcohol.
4) Inability to stop once started – If your loved one agrees to “have a couple” and can never quite seem to stop at a couple, then this criteria is met. Although similar to number three above, this is unique in many ways and can be another indicator that intervention is needed.
There are other criteria that will be discussed with other behaviors on this website. Overall, there are seven criteria of which, your loved one must meet three to be considered dependent. If you are unsure if your loved one is dependent, please call Compassionate Interventions at 503-901-1836 for a free consultation and see if intervention may be appropriate.