Does my partner have a drinking problem?

Committing to a rehabilitation programme is a difficult step for anyone. If you have acknowledged you have a problem - or your relationship with alcohol/drugs is impacting your life in negative ways, you have made the first step towards getting better.

Is your spouse struggling with substance abuse and alcoholism?

Whether you are considering to carry out your rehab treatment as an inpatient or an outpatient, the Executive Rehab Guide is here to ensure you receive the correct advice and support.

Alcoholism is an extremely common disease, in England alone there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers, and only 18% of these people receive treatment.

As a free and professional guide, it is our belief that every person is entitled to receive the best care and aftercare support to help them recover from their problem.

Call 0808 274 6351 to get help today.

Overcoming denial

Additionally, it is just as common for those who suffer from alcoholism to remain in denial that their problem is “severe” enough to require treatment.

Although you may be suspicious of their behaviour, hiding the severity of their issue is a common strategy people use to protect themselves and those around them from facing the painful reality.

This tendency towards denial is one of the reasons it can be difficult to detect your partner or loved one’s drinking problem.

However, there are many people who do choose to get treatment…

In 2018/19 in England, 75,555 people were in treatment at specialist alcohol misuse services.

It is important to pay attention to the early warning signs and provide the support with your partner needs, rather than waiting until they hit rock bottom to suggest treatment.

Detecting early warning signs

In 2013 The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition,” (DSM-5) published 11 symptoms of alcohol use disorder.

Some of these symptoms include:The Executive Rehab Guide is a family-run therapy rehab dedicated to providing essential support for people who need help in rebuilding their lives.

  • The affected person often drinks more alcohol than they intended to and drinks for long periods of time than planned.
  • The person wants to cut down their alcohol intake but is often unsuccessful.
  • They give up or reduce their participation in important social, occupational, or recreational activities
  • When they do not drink, they experience alcohol cravings.
  • The person continues to use alcohol despite it bringing issues in their relationships.

Furthermore, some physical signs of alcoholism can include:

  • The frequent smell of alcohol on the breath, which may remain for hours after heavy drinking
  • Weight loss or weight gain as a result of drinking.
  • Dry skin, brittle hair or nails (from the dehydrating effects of alcohol, which can also result in an increased appearance of ageing and wrinkles.)
  • Broken capillaries on face and nose.
  • Yellow eyes and skin due to liver damage.
  • Poor hygiene.

However, it should also be noted that a person can be struggling with an alcohol dependency issue and still manage to successfully hide things from their partner.

Some of the most successful, professional and “well-groomed” individuals may be dealing with addiction behind the scenes.

This is why it is important to have the difficult conversations if you are worried about your loved one.

See: 5 crucial things to stop if you live with an alcoholic

Knowing when to intervene

Therapy will teach you the coping techniques and methods you need to survive and fight depression. It will make you a stronger person who will not need to turn to substances to escape their problems.

Often, addiction is accompanied by other mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.

When a person feels hopeless, they may be less inclined to want to make changes for the better.

This is why intervention can be so valuable. If you are able to show your loved one how their behaviour is affecting you and your family specifically, then you may motivate them to seek the help they need.

To make this as easy as possible, you should have a plan set in place if your partner does agree, so you can suggest to them the next step.

How to convince a loved one that rehab is the best option.

What is the next step?

The Executive Rehab Guide was established by two professional doctors and provides information on addiction and the support and contact resources you need to treat these dependency issues.

The site is published by Castle Craig, a residential rehab clinic that treats drug and alcohol addiction in the UK. Established in 1988, it is one of Europe’s leading inpatient addiction clinics.

Compare: Outpatient vs Inpatient Treatments.

73.4% of visitors remained abstinent from all substances and responded very well to our experiential treatments.

We work closely with families to ensure that even after treatment is completed that loved ones and sufferers know the essential coping methods to deal with and overcome their problems.

Do you need to talk to someone about your partner’s potential addiction? Speak with one of our senior admissions advisors like Anne Goodall today on 0808 274 5168.