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Is my husband an alcoholic? - Spotting the signs of addiction

When someone you live with drinks alcohol, it isn’t always easy to recognise if they’ve developed an addiction. The signs of your husband’s changed behaviour may be subtle, particularly if he drank heavily in the past without seeming to have any issues. Or perhaps you’ve seen a few worrying signs and are wondering whether this means there is a problem.

Read more about how to spot the signs of alcohol addiction if you’ve been wondering ‘is my husband an alcoholic?

The signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction

Missing the signs of alcoholism can easily happen. You may not be spending a lot of time with your husband. Alternatively, if they are a high-functioning alcoholic, they may have been able to hide their drinking from you for a good while. Whatever the circumstance, you mustn’t blame yourself.

Here are some of the common signs of alcoholism to be aware of:

  • Displaying mood swings, possibly ranging from paranoia to defensiveness
  • Avoiding or missing responsibilities at work or home
  • Paying less attention to personal hygiene/appearance
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Acting secretively or telling lies, however small
  • Frequent tiredness

Another cause for concern is if your husband regularly relies on alcohol to feel better, for example after a day at work or following a stressful event. This isn’t a healthy coping mechanism and developing this sort of emotional attachment to alcohol can make a person less capable of processing emotions on their own.

You may have also noticed that your partner is drinking more than they used to. They may be drinking more alcohol in a single session, or drinking on more days in the week. Either way, the recommended maximum amount of alcohol, for both men and women, is 14 units per week. Regularly exceeding this can be a sign of a problem.

If your partner is attempting to hide his alcohol use, but it is clear to you that something is wrong, this is a crucial sign that there is a problem. By trying to hide the issue, it is likely that your husband has already recognised that something is wrong and is worried about you finding out. However, addictions thrive on secrecy and they can worsen when they’re kept in the shadows. It’s important to try and start a conversation and bring the issue out in the open.

Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction

When someone has a physical dependency on alcohol, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. These occur when a person with a physical addiction stops drinking, as their body struggles to function without the substance. The symptoms can then leave a person craving alcohol even more, due to the adverse effects they have on the body and mind.

Alcoholism withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Shaking / shivering
  • Anxiety

If you think you’ve noticed some of these symptoms, it is important to encourage your husband to get professional treatment and attend a medically-assisted detoxification programme as soon as possible. Alcohol withdrawal can be a dangerous process, which can be fatal when the symptoms are severe.

How to get help for alcohol addiction

At Manor Clinic, we’ve helped many people to achieve a healthier relationship with alcohol and our specialists can work with your partner to support them in accomplishing long-term recovery from alcoholism.

We offer a 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme, within our comfortable residential facilities in Southampton.

For anyone interested in embarking on our programme, we provide a free alcohol addiction assessment. This helps us to assess a person’s needs and recommend the steps that will give them the best possible outcome. Our programme also includes a medically-assisted detox process, to help stabilise the body and prepare a person for therapeutic treatment.

We provide both individual and group therapy within our programme, along with access to 12-Step support groups. Also included is free aftercare and family support for life. Get in touch today and we can discuss how to help your partner embark on a happier, more fulfilling future without alcohol.

For more details please call 023 8046 4721 or click here to book a FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADDICTION ASSESSMENT. Alternatively, you can enquire online and one of our team will get back to you via your preferred contact method.  

COVID-19 Update

We continue to accept admissions into our treatment programmes but are adopting screening protocols through the pre-admission process. In order to protect our patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended family visits to those within our services. All patients will be supported to speak to their family over the phone and via video calls wherever possible.

This blog was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman, (Emotional Freedom Technique Master Practitioner (EFT), Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) NCAC), Addiction Treatment Programme Manager at Manor Clinic.

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