The disease of chemical dependence (alcoholism, addiction, etc.) is related to a change in brain chemistry. It is not diagnosed by how much or how often one uses. Your description of not 'knowing' how to stop indicates a lack of control which is very suggestive of the diagnosis of dependence. Two automobile-related incidents and your feelings of shame and guilt are also strong indicators. However, to establish a definitive diagnosis (abuse vs. dependence) would require a more detailed history obtained by a professional. Either way, you need to seek help. I wish you well. View Thread
Depending on the type of drug, dose, etc., withdrawal can be a serious medical condition. Therefore, there is no "con" to appropriate medical care.Who needs medical supervision/intervention can only be decided on an individual basis.View Thread
The emergency room is not the appropriate place for these chronic complaints. A good physical exam with bloodwork by a primary care physician is the place to start to rule out problems other than alcohol. In addition, starting a program like AA at the same time will indicate you are serious about needing and wanting help. I wish you well.View Thread
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