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    Many people with an addiction to alcohol will go to great lengths to hide their addiction from friends, co-workers, and loved ones. They call themselves…

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    Many people with an addiction to alcohol will go to great lengths to hide their addiction from friends, co-workers, and loved ones. They call themselves social or closet alcoholics and think they have everything under control, but that is just the illusion that addiction creates. For men and women who use alcohol to cope with stress, depression, or other causes of addiction, alcohol rehab is your solution to a healthy lifestyle free from alcohol.

    At Ashwood Recovery, we help men and women with their continuing addiction recovery through our outpatient facility in Boise. Our team of therapists and medical staff work together to create a tailored treatment plan based on each patient’s unique symptoms. We help patients understand how addiction has a physical effect on them and how it can lead to a worsening addiction and other mental health disorders. Continue reading to learn how to recognize the signs of a closet alcoholic, or call 208.274.8609 today to learn how we can help you begin your addiction recovery.

    Why Do People Become Closet Drinkers?

    A closet drinker is someone who, by all outside appearances, leads a productive life. You may always see them with a drink but think nothing of it because they appear not to have a problem. Closet alcoholics will go to great lengths to hide their addiction, including lying about their use and hiding evidence of obsessive drinking.

    Men and women can become closet drinkers for various reasons, including:
    • Shame and embarrassment over their addiction
    • To cope with known or unknown mental health disorders
    • To resolve feelings from trauma
    • To keep up with the stress of work, school, or family life
    • Peer and social pressure

    At Ashwood Recovery, we are well aware of the dangers of alcohol and how many people will hide their abuse. Our behavioral therapists will help dispel any myths about alcohol and help patients see how alcohol controls their lives.

    What Are the Signs of a Closet Alcoholic?

    Closet drinking can lead men and women down a dangerous path. If you suspect a friend or loved one is a closet drinker, there are clear signs that you can look for to confirm your suspicions, such as finding an unusually high amount of empty bottles and cans in the trash.

    Other signs of a closet alcoholic include:
    • Finding stashes of alcohol in odd places, like bathrooms, garages, and outdoor storage
    • They disappear for long periods at social events with no explanation why
    • Always chewing gum or using mouthwash
    • Using water bottles, coffee cups, and other methods to hide alcohol
    • They start drinking vodka as it has no odor and is colorless
    • Having a high tolerance for alcohol
    • Participating in binge drinking and other risky behaviors
    • Becoming angry or confrontational when asked about their drinking
    • Referring to themselves as social drinkers or are always saying they have things under control

    Some people may go as far as to start smoking cigarettes to explain some of their behavior to hide their drinking.

    Ashwood Recovery Provides Discreet Treatment for Closet Alcoholics

    At Ashwood Recovery, we know all of the tricks that closet alcoholics use to hide their illness. We offer outpatient treatment programs to help them break their addiction and turn their lives around using various behavioral therapies and medication-assisted treatment. Our outpatient treatment facility offers a full range of treatment programs, including:
    • Drug and alcohol rehab
    • Medical intervention
    • Partial hospitalization program
    • Intensive outpatient program
    • Dual diagnosis treatment
    • Relapse prevention therapy

    Today is the best time to begin turning your life around by admitting you need help with your addiction. Call 208.274.8609 today or fill out our online form to speak with our compassionate staff about enrolling in our alcohol rehab program.

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