Alcohol: The Legal Drug

At La Jolla Addiction Healing Center, we understand and acknowledge the complexity of alcohol abuse/alcoholism. The effects of alcohol are different on everyone. Some people become more social and outgoing, some become angry and short-tempered. One of the most ESSENTIAL components to understanding alcoholism is the internal recognition that it is a DISEASE. Though the medical community recognizes alcoholism as a primary disease, society can be uneducated, judgmental and harsh. It is NOT a moral failing. It is NOT the result of a lack of self control. Overcoming the stigma and shame of addiction can be one of the most difficult things you do on your journey to recovery and sobriety.

Do I Have a Problem?

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs, because it is socially acceptable, legal, easily accessible, and enjoyed by many people in appropriate moderation. Once your drinking habits begin to effect your personal relationships, professional life, and emotional and/or mental health, it may be time to assess whether or not there’s a problem. Sometimes, people will say that “my friend Sam” drinks just as much as I do. Alcohol abuse has less to do with HOW MUCH you drink and more about WHAT HAPPENS when you drink. If you cannot relax, unwind and de-stress without a drink, call now for a confidential consultation with one of our experts.