Detox in South Florida | Alcohol Abuse vs. Addiction

Last Updated: Dec 22nd 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

If someone binges alcohol once a week are they an addict? Or if an individual who has two drinks with dinner every night addicted? When it comes to alcohol abuse and addiction the lines get blurry. Because alcohol is a legal substance in the US, there’s often confusion between abuse and addiction. There’s indeed a large a difference between the two. If you are suffering from a dependency on alcohol, contact our detox in South Florida.

Detox in South Florida that can help with an addiction to alcohol

Alcohol Abuse

An alcoholic beverage or a few drinks on a special occasion is harmless. However, when multiple drinks a night become a regular occurrence, alcohol becomes a problem. If you are abusing alcohol, it may not be affecting your life in a major way, yet. Perhaps you have had a few arguments with your spouse or loved ones, but it has yet to affect your career, relationship, or life in a major way. But, alcohol abuse often leads to addiction…

Alcohol Addiction

In contrast, alcohol addiction is extremely serious, and many lives are affected in a negative way.  Some signs that an individual is addicted to alcohol are:

  • Cravings a drink at all times
  • Choosing activities based on whether or not drinking will be involved
  • Losing homes, careers, relationships, and health

Detox in South Florida

Alcohol consumption that borders on binge drinking regularly is one sign of alcohol addiction. Seeking professional addiction or substance abuse treatment might be a smart move to ensure that an overdose does not occur. Understanding the signs of alcohol addiction can be key in helping loved ones. For more resources and help in treating substance abuse and addiction, contact 1st Step Behavioral Health. We can help you or your loved one get on track toward sobriety and health for a lifetime.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.