Am I an Alcoholic? Warning Signs to Look Out For

The line between separating alcoholics and “regular” drinkers can be difficult to discern, as it is dependent on a number of factors unique to you and your situation. Even with the variations between individual cases, there are common characteristics visible in the life of a person suffering from a substance abuse disorder. If you are wondering whether or not you have a drinking problem, here are a few signs and symptoms which may be present in your life, indicating you are suffering from a substance abuse disorder.

Alcoholics and addicts are usually intelligent people capable of maintaining a level of functionality even when abusing substances on a daily basis. However, most of these individuals find themselves barely treading water in life - one unexpected obstacle or curveball will invariably throw you off balance and lead to unmanageable catastrophe. In light of this, those functioning in active substance abuse will avoid change at all costs, often hiding from the world as much as possible so as not to disturb the precarious balance they have struck in life. If you find yourself drinking regularly while avoiding the outside world, there is a strong possibility you have developed a substance abuse disorder.

Another clear warning sign that substance abuse may be rearing its ugly head in your life is regularly occurring blackouts. A blackout is akin to a lapse in consciousness in the sense that memories are not being formed and your decision making abilities are severely impaired. Those in the midst of a blackout act in ways they never would sober, landing themselves in compromising and dangerous situations. The morning after a blackout is frequently a waking nightmare for alcoholics, as they begin attempting to piece together the events of the night before. If this scenario is familiar and relatable to you, it is possible you have crossed the line from regular drinker to alcoholic.

Substance abuse disorders tend to sneak up on us unexpectedly, as the disease progression is gradual. Much like the adage about a frog slowly boiling in a pot of water, we do not notice much difference in our lives day to day as we move from one stage of the disease to the next, and before we know it our new normal is an unrecognizable life of daily drinking and isolation. If you suspect you may be on your way to the depths of full-blown alcoholism, you should interrupt the disease by seeking help. Evolutions Treatment Center has custom-tailored treatment programs able to meet you where you are in your disease and help get you on a path of recovery. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and let medical professionals help you determine whether or not you have a substance abuse disorder and, if so, what to do about it.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit