Valentine’s Day is the type of holiday that some people dread. For some, it means a fancy dinner and drinks. For others, it means wondering what went wrong with a past relationship or why they don’t have someone special in their life. This can lead to alcohol abuse. That’s especially true if a person already has alcoholism. At TruHealing Centers, we can help when treatment is necessary.
How Can Valentine’s Day Lead to Alcohol Abuse?
For many, emotions are typically behind alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Instead of facing stress, trauma, or sadness, a person turns to alcohol as a way to not feel. This is a type of coping mechanism that progressively leads to complications, including alcoholism. This may happen for various reasons.
- Lack of someone to spend Valentine’s Day with
- Previous negative experiences on this holiday
- Grief from the loss of a loved one
- Self-deprecating thoughts
- Previous instances of trauma occurring on or near this day
- Celebrating too much on this day
No matter what the cause is, Valentine’s Day could be a trigger for alcohol abuse. Sometimes, it is clear alcoholism is present.
Take Alcohol Out of the Picture
If alcohol abuse is a likely concern this Valentine’s Day, do something that doesn’t involve drinking. Head to a local park for a long hike. Enjoy a picnic lunch instead of dinner out. Visit a bed and breakfast that doesn’t have alcohol on site. Spend the time at home relaxing with food and music.
How Do You Know Alcohol Abuse Is Occurring?
Alcohol abuse leads to addiction and dependence. Catching it early helps to minimize the onset of health risks and complications. Typically, alcohol abuse occurs when a person drinks more than intended and has a hard time controlling how much they consume. On Valentine’s Day, going out to dinner with a loved one may be an excuse to drink, for example. Soon, the night becomes nothing more than drink after drink.
Addiction occurs when a person is compulsively drinking not just one day but over a period of time. Binge drinking can cause alcoholism as well. When this occurs, treatment is necessary. Signs of alcoholism include:
- Needing to drink often or wanting to every day
- Using alcohol to manage stress or anxiety
- Craving alcohol and feeling withdrawal symptoms when not doing so
- Isolating from family or friends, drinking alone
- Lacking the ability to control how much is consumed
- Inability to maintain responsibilities
If you feel unable to control your alcohol consumption, even if that’s just sometimes, alcoholism treatment may be beneficial. This Valentine’s Day, commit to your loved one and yourself to step into treatment to stop alcohol abuse for good.
Find the Alcoholism Treatment You Need
TruHealing Centers provides comprehensive treatment for alcohol addiction. This Valentine’s Day, decide to seek help here. Receive a full assessment, consultation, and individualized treatment plan to help move you into a new stage of life where you are healthy and happy. Our team offers a complete program that includes:
- Alcohol detox services
- Residential treatment programs
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Partial hospitalization program
- Outpatient treatment program
Once in care, you’ll work with exceptional therapists in a modern program. We offer innovative, evidence-based therapies along with holistic therapies for whole-body healing. Explore the range of support available to help you enjoy a healthy future.
Make the Change You Need Happen Today– Call TruHealing Centers Today
Alcohol abuse can occur at any time of the year, including Valentine’s Day. Alcoholism is a treatable condition with the right support in a comprehensive treatment environment. At TruHealing Centers, we can help from detox through recovery. Call us now at [Direct] or connect online for a consultation.