Alcoholism can negatively impact several areas of someone’s life and just getting sober will not fix all of these problems. Those who are struggling to move past their alcohol abuse beyond their ability to stop drinking may be a dry drunk.
What Is A Dry Drunk?A dry drunk is a term used to describe someone who is sober and quit drinking but who still exhibits the traits and behaviors that are characteristic of alcoholics. Often, dry drunks will engage in the same harmful or self-destructive behaviors that lead to their drinking in the first place. Because they have not taken the time to address the issues that accompanied their drinking problem, they may be doomed to relapse.
Dry drunk syndrome is an idea that originated from the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) but has become widely used in the recovery community. Dry drunk syndrome is more common with people who stopped drinking on their own and, therefore, never took the time to look at the other areas of their life that need to change. The term recognizes that alcoholism is a disease that requires comprehensive healing, not just an alcohol detox program, to stop drinking.
Dry Drunk Behavior to Watch Out For
Everyone is unique and alcohol abuse falls on a wide spectrum. Because of this, the dry drunk symptoms can vary widely from one person to another, but generally, there are some red flags to look out for.
Some examples of dry drunk behavior and symptoms may include:
Keeping strained or toxic relationships with others
Experiencing mood swings, irritability, or anger beyond normal withdrawal
Constant fear of relapse
Engaging in unhealthy coping mechanisms
Replacing drinking with another addiction
Holding resentment toward others, especially those who encouraged them to stop drinking
Jealousy toward people who can drink
Being extremely hard on themselves
Associating with heavy drinkers or alcoholics
Going to bars often
Fantasizing about drinking again or obsessing over alcohol
Skipping meetings or not taking recovery as serious as they should
All of these dry drunk behaviors can be a recipe for disaster and quickly lead back to addiction. To avoid this fate and to heal from alcoholism as a whole, a comprehensive treatment plan is necessary. Our Treasure Coast inpatient rehab helps people not only quit drinking but also address the secondary issues of their alcoholism and discover the root causes of their problems. With the use of evidence-based practices as well as holistic therapies, patients learn how to change their lives for the better and find lasting sobriety. Alcohol abuse can be destructive, but treatment can help people put the pieces of their lives back together. Whether you are struggling with drinking yourself or have a loved one with an alcohol problem, we want to help.
Reach out to us now at 888-280-4763 to learn more about how we may be able to help at Banyan Detox Stuart.
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