Chemical dependence is a puzzling, baffling issue. It is important to understand that it is a disease issue, not a moral issue. And while it may be a critical issue for those who become addicted (and those around them), it is not a hopeless issue. The hope lies in acceptance and courage, in surrender and gratitude, and most of all in the ordinary people who are willing to share their stories with others who need to hear them.


Alcohol is the most widely used, abused and socially accepted drug in our society. And yet it is the most destructive drug to our body in long term use, basically breaking down the human cell. Drunkenness and alcoholic behavior is frowned upon in most countries. So what are some of the signs of intoxication, abuse and addiction? Unfortunately the most common symptom is denial, which many times will prevent the problem drinker to seek help before it is too late.

Here are some of the signs of alcohol intoxication.

  • A person’s inhibitions become lowered. They become more talkative and louder.
  • A person will progress through various stages of poor judgment. This can include foul language, off colored jokes and flirtatious behavior.
  • Signs of physical impairment. This can include slurred speech, slow or clumsy movements, swaying, dropping objects, talking slowly or moving slowly.
  • Remember that it is possible for people to develop a tolerance for alcohol, but that does not mean they aren’t legally intoxicated.

Some symptoms of alcohol abuse are:

  • Problems at work or school (like being late or not going at all).
  • Drink in risky situations (like before driving a car)
  • Black outs (can’t remember what happen the night before)
  • Legal problems related to alcohol
  • Cut back on social activities
  • Lose interests in hobbies
  • Friends or family members become concerned about the drinking
  • Drinking to de-stress
  • Drinking despite relationship issues

Signs of alcohol dependency are:

  • Need more to get the desired effect.
  • Physical withdrawal. This can include anxiety, depression, shakiness, irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite.
  • Loss of control. Drinking more than you had planned to that evening.
  • Desire to stop-but cannot. Trying to control, cut back or stop drinking unsuccessfully.
  • Neglecting other activities. Stop going to the gym, engaging in hobbies, less time with family and friends.
  • Alcohol centered behavior. Most of you day is spent recovering, thinking about, planning and/or engaging in drinking.
  • Continued use despite negative consequences.

Remember that alcoholism is progressive if it is continued. It is easier to receive help before more problems (legal, physical, emotional, relationships) get worse.

At Embrace Recovery we are able to work with the client on an outpatient basis so they can continue to rebuild their life in the process. The earlier you get help the easier it is.

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Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Just minutes off the #5 freeway in Laguna Hills, CA
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