Drinking alcohol is like playing with fire. Whether a person does it in moderation or is prone to binge drinking, there’s always a risk to get burned. There comes a moment in avid alcoholics’ lives when they look around and see that everything they love is burning: time, health, relationships with loved ones, career.
Of course, every case of alcoholism is unique due to genetic predisposition, life circumstances, and other factors. Someone drinks often and doesn’t face many undesirable consequences. But the other can progress quite fast from having a beer after work to working to buy a drink.The given infographic shows the way an alcohol user goes through before developing a full-blown addiction. Though each of the five stages is different, the transition between them can be smooth and invisible.
The earlier an alcoholic receives treatment and starts practicing sobriety, the greater chance of living a long and satisfying life without relapse he or she has. AddictionResource authors say that even in the last stage of alcoholism, various treatment options are available. Don’t lose your hope. If someone you know drinks heavily, talk to an addiction treatment specialist who can help you determine the best recovery plan for your situation.
Infographic by: addictionresource