April is alcohol awareness month. This April is unlike any April we have ever experienced. Businesses are closed, people have been mandated to work from home, and kids are home from school.   Have you noticed that in many places liquor stores are considered essential? Why is that? What, if anything, does that say?  We all need food, water and yes, toilet paper…but alcohol?


Alcohol as an Essential Business is About Safety 

Yes, alcohol is pretty much engrained in most of our activities from celebrations to funerals. It is hard to imagine these events without alcohol being present but for some people alcohol really is essential. If you are physically dependent on alcohol then not drinking could be dangerous, if not fatal.  
Possible signs of alcohol dependence include the following:

  • Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Headache 
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations 
  • Delirium Tremens (DTs)
Please take this time to reflect on your physical and emotional connection to alcohol. If you experience some of the symptoms listed above when you miss a few hours or days of drinking, you very well may be physically dependent on alcohol. Stopping abruptly is not safe.   

The Coleman Method for alcohol detox is a proven, safe, outpatient way to medically detox from alcohol.  We could be the bridge from which you launch your recovery, supported with non-addictive medications to reduce cravings. Please call 877-773-3869 to learn more and decide whether this might be the right option for you. Deborah Reich, M.D.