What Is a Dry Drunk?

alcohol rehab in Wilmington NCWithdrawal from alcohol is not just a physical process. There are emotional and psychological issues that should be dealt with in order for an addict to fully recover.

Unfortunately, not everyone who quits drinking is able to get all of the help they need. When they still have unresolved issues or anger, or if they behave in unhealthy ways, they’re considered “dry drunks.” Do you need alcohol rehab in Wilmington NC? If so, call us today! Legacy Freedom of Wilmington is your best option for getting sober.

What Is A Dry Drunk?

Dry drunks may behave in dysfunctional ways even though they aren’t drinking anymore. They probably aren’t in a holistic treatment program, and probably don’t attend support meetings or meet with a sponsor or therapist.

People who turn to drinking or drug abuse often do so to cope with other issues. When someone gives up drinking, those issues are still there unless they’re addressed in a treatment program or by a therapist. A dry drunk will continue to act the same way and have the same negative thoughts.

Some say, “You can take the rum out of the fruit cake, but you still have fruit cake.”

While the term “dry drunk” or phrase “dry drunk syndrome” aren’t based in medical fact, it’s something many former alcoholics struggle with. There are a few signs of dry drunk syndrome that you can look out for if you suspect your loved one isn’t on the path to a healthy recovery.

Impulsive behavior
Rather than drinking, he or she may overeat or spend too much money or make decisions on a whim that can have a lasting impact.

Negative attitude
Your loved one may always be a “Debbie Downer” and find it hard to enjoy life or see the positive side of things. He may complain a lot about inconsequential things.

Anger issues
A dry drunk may be angry that he or she can’t drink anymore and may be jealous of people who can drink without fear of becoming addicted. He or she may also feel resentment toward the person who may have helped him or her overcome the addiction.

Complacency
Recovery is an active process. Someone who stopped drinking but gave up on improving other areas of his or her life damaged by the addiction is at risk of slipping back into old behaviors.

Fear of failure
A recovering addict may fear that he or she will fall off the wagon, but dry drunks may let that thought overwhelm them to the point that it’s all they can think about.

Magical thinking
Having positive thoughts is a good thing, but when those thoughts are unrealistic, they can become a problem. If your loved one thinks that their former spouse will come back to them because they stopped drinking, even though you know it’s not going to happen, or they think they will land a job that they are unqualified for, they are venturing into the land of magical thinking, which can only lead to more disappointment.

If you think your loved one is suffering from dry drunk syndrome, there are some things you can do to help. Check out the second part of this post for a few ideas.

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