Top 5 Behavioral Changes In An Alcoholic

Growing up in 12-step a family

Cameron grew up with family members who struggled with alcoholism and addicts in what he calls a 12 step home. However, it took him awhile to see that his drinking had turned into a problem.

His dad used to tell him “Cameron, you’re screwed from the get go,” because alcoholism and addiction tend to be genetic. Not everyone who has alcoholics in his or her family becomes addicted themselves, but there is a much higher chance.

The first time his dad caught him smoking Marijuana he took it from him and flushed it down the toilette.

“He told me never to do it again, but of course, I wanted to do what I wanted to do and I didn’t care what anyone had to say about it,” Cameron said.

While Cameron often abused substances, like Cocaine, he ultimately preferred Alcohol.

“That was what I truly enjoyed – because I could drink a ton of it. I remember drinking about 21 beers in one night, puking at that point, and then kept going afterward. That was the insanity, and I thought that was normal.”

Cameron said that his mind was sick, he had no desire to do anything. But alcohol and drugs helped to make him more social.

“There was one thing that we all had in common, we all liked to drink and get high. However, I was pretty comfortable being by myself. I liked to isolate; I got my drugs I don’t want to share, but I want what everyone else has.”

Getting on the Right Track

One night Cameron was with the girl he was dating, they were using together and the cops here call out to the house on a noise complaint.

“I took the fall, got a ticket [then] I drove 45 minutes home. Let me remind you I’m just completely smashed … I don’t know how I got lucky. I get home I see my dad sitting outside smoking a cigarette … I light one up myself and he takes one look at me and says ‘Cameron, what’s wrong?’ I looked at him and I said I’m okay. Then he says ‘Cameron, you’re my son I know when something’s wrong’.”

And that’s the moment when Cameron’s dad told him something that would change the rest of his life.
He recalls his dad saying, “Cameron recovery has saved my life. Give it an honest 90 days and if you don’t see your life change, that drink and that frog will be out there waiting to kill you.”

That’s just what Cameron did.

“Jumping into recovery, I didn’t know what to expect, all I knew is that I didn’t want to live the way I was living anymore. I had to find out for myself that this was a problem.”

It took Cameron over a year of sobriety before he really admitted that he was an alcoholic.

“The difference with alcoholics is the alcoholic changes his goals to meet his behaviors, nonalcoholic changes his behaviors to meet his goals.”

Life in Recovery

“After I got sober I started experiencing some amazing things. I went to school, I started making something of myself. I got a solid running car, a roof over my head, food in my stomach … Life is great today.”

Cameron equates everything he has to his decision to get sober.

“Without recovery, I would absolutely be nothing. I found something that is bigger than myself, it took something bigger than me to fully get this program.”

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  1. First off you are an extremely talented individual and thank you and Amanda for staying after the Night Owls mtg . both of you helped me that Night I went home and listened and read your stories and I cried and felt all emotional and honestly felt the holy spirit flowing in to me as you both spoke about the way I used to feel and I miss me the me that God designed. All I can say is thank God for this website and I love you brother

  2. It is not surprising that there is such thing as alcoholic personality change. For one it has been proven that your intake affects your mental state. In any case this is why I do not drink alcohol. It only adds to my issues not solve them to be honest.

    1. Me too, which is why I only drink in moderation at social functions only now. I never drink alone because that’s recipe for disaster for me. So let’s just say I know my limits.

  3. The characteristics of an alcoholic are always very outstanding, since sometimes they might behave rationally like going mad over little issues, getting depressed, being angry over nothing and lots more. Nut with therapy their recovery period might be faster.

  4. The alcoholic personality is another personality one should be scared of because of it chronic side effects. I was once an addict in alcohol, its true that alcoholic personality changes for good. Thanks for this good correctional tips.

  5. Behaviors of an alcoholic will surely change. An alcoholic will try everything just to get his hands on his beverage of liking. It is sometimes hard to detect an alcoholic especially if that person has a job.

  6. The behaviors of an alcoholic can be devastating to people around..The alcoholic need help when once they realize that it good to seek official help

  7. I guess eventually becomes easy for others to detect the characteristics of an alcoholic person, however, the person with problems thinks that has control and it could take very long for him/her to find out that there’s a problem and he/she need to look for help,

  8. Characteristics of an alcoholic are not benefiting. You can see the guy went back to school. It shows how alcohol affects ones characters.

  9. Looks like through Cameron’s experiences, he has lots of wisdom on the psychological profile of an alcoholic. Huge kudos to him for getting clean and really touching moment between him and his father.

  10. Always doing what they love to do no matter what, that’s one of the behaviors of an alcoholic. Cannon taking his dad’s advice, is just that very important step to recovery.

  11. Cameron same like other without recovery we are can’t be nothing,I surpized you have good life after recovered, that’s I want to here from everyone sober

  12. Thanks for sharing this top 5 identity of an alcoholic, they do what they want to do no matter the consequences. Thank God for Cameron who later recovered from his addictions. Detox to rehab thank you for sharing this amazing story of recovery.

  13. Different people have different taste for substances. However, alcohol and marijuana are almost abuse by every substance user. Alcohol is legal thus easy to consume in quantity.

  14. Thank you Detax to rehab for sharing these type of stories with all of us.These stories are really very much inspirational for many people who are addicted with something and try to recover from that.

  15. This is a very touching story from Cameron. There can be different behavioral changes in different set of individuals, who are alcoholic due to different qualities they possess. Happy for Cameron for eventually finding sobriety and getting back on track.

  16. This is a very sad story about Cameron. Growing up struggling with alcoholism is not a good thing which eventually turned to problem for him. Glad he find recovery through sobriety.

  17. An alcoholic will try everything just to get his hands on his beverage of liking. The alcoholic need help when once they realize that it good to seek official help. Thanks for sharing this blog.

  18. Great one for Cameron there. There are truly different means to achieve a goal. I’m glad his was positive. Stay positive and never backslide.

  19. Sobriety has always prove to be working well for most addicts. This is the case with Cameron. For him to find recovery through sobriety is great privilege. So happy for him.

  20. I like the ending and you said life is good for you now. That’s really amazing. it is always good to be sober and remain sober

  21. This is absolutely true the alcoholic changes his goals to meet his behaviors, nonalcoholic changes his behaviors to meet his goals. Great that Cameron got a turn around on time and has become sober now.

  22. I was once an addict in alcohol. the person with problems thinks that has control. It is sometimes hard to detect an alcoholic. you helped me that Night I went home and listened and read your stories. I get home I see my father sitting outside smoking.

  23. This really is an eye-opener. The very fact that alcoholic addiction can be genetic is an information that is most appreciated. Thanks so much

  24. The characteristics of an alcoholic are always very outstanding since sometimes they might behave rationally like going mad over little issues, getting depressed, being angry over nothing, and lots more. Cannon taking his dad’s advice, is just that very important step to recovery.

  25. Cameron’s decision to recovery liberates him from such terrible situation. However, recovery has made him realize that he could do great things in life. Indeed, this is food for thought for other drug addicts. It is achievable!

  26. Wow, very interesting to read this amazing story and how Cameron’s life begin to experience great things after he gave room for recovery. Congratulations man. You are a champion.

  27. It is not surprising that there is such thing as alcoholic personality change. The behaviors of an alcoholic can be devastating to people around.

  28. Family upbringing is very important… They are models for the young ones… Am always excited when I read stories of drug addiction breakthrough.

  29. Cameron story is such an inspiring story,thank God you found a new life of recovery that makes you happy,thanks to detox to rehab for sharing

  30. There’s always that tendency that when a child grows up in a family that are addicted to one thing or the other , that child tends to sway in the direction of that addiction. This was the case for Cameron, i am glad that he finally discovered the right path.

  31. Alcoholism ruined everybodys life. Nice to see Cameron get back to his life. Recovery took a while but you can see the good result

  32. After taking a bold step to recovery, believe me things becomes new and fresh. You start seeing life from other perspectives. No wonder going back becomes too hard 😀😃😘

  33. First step tomrecovery is acceptance that you have a problem and move to solve it. Thanks to a Dad that encouraged him and so happy he took the advice.

  34. I’m really glad to see that Cameron has finally pulled himself together. Breaking out of any kind of addiction is a miracle in of itself. Not everyone can do that, as that road is downright impossible it seems at times.

  35. Their is nothing more than gaining recovery from alcohol after sober, that’s exactly what happened to Cameron’s life. After his alcohol drained life earlier he regained his life back through sober.

  36. A very substance people abuse is alcohol because they can consume alot without any law taking them down. I think it’s very important to personally decide to change, it’s very easy that way to help

    1. The statement, “I didn’t want to live the way I was living anymore” was the deliverance.
      This is the determination that gave room for possibility and new life. One thing so peculiar with alcoholic is behavioral disorder which is not good. It shows why people shouldn’t live life on alcohol.

  37. There is really no justification to drinking. It’s just so not right. And also these article has help list the behaviours of an alcoholic . I. Can actually identify one and not for the purpose of identifying but to be a me help such person .

  38. It was quite unfortunate that Cameron had to tread the addiction line, but he should be happy he had a supportive dad who was gave him the needed advice.

  39. I never drink alone because that’s recipe for disaster for me. Thanks to a Dad that encouraged him and so happy he took the advice. This blog is very informative.

  40. 12 steps program is nothing like miracle it’s just a rule of some disciplined point which you have to follow in proper manner.

  41. Alcohol intake affect both psychologically and physiologically. Therefore, it is pertinent that whoever is addicted to it to put a stop to it.

  42. Sincerely, the behavioural changes are real. Thanks for this write up. It is important that every addict to stop the intake of drugs and alcohol.

  43. I think Cameron was obviously wrong when he believed that alcohol or drugs tend to make him more social. However, it feels good to read that he eventually found the recovery. I am a Muslim and I believe that the only way to stop your addictive behavior is to turn towards Allah and repent for your sins and try to change your life.

  44. He took the advice of his father and that made a lot of difference, he sees the world in a new way and got his life back. Thanks for sharing

  45. Alcohol consumption affects people’s well being, even if you want to take it should be in moderation just like every other thing we take or consume. Thanks for this piece, people need to be aware of addiction.

  46. So glad Cameron found solace in recovery and has a really supportive father with lifechanging wisdom. Very impressive transformation and I’m sure Cameron will continue to succeed now that he’s living sober.

  47. the truth is their is a higher chance for a kid whose parents are alcoholics and drug addicts to become a addict..I’m not surprised
    Cameron’s life took a downward turn.. thank God he is sober now and his life is getting more amazing by the day…I love reading this rule of stories..

  48. These stories are very helpful for people who are curious about drugs and never realized how drastic can be the consequences.
    I think we can learn a lot about other people experiences

  49. Alcoholism is really a problem within families even in society. Like Cameron, most of the addicts doesn’t even know that they are addicted with alcohol not unless they have caused some problems related to it. Good thing that Cameron realized his problem and sought help for him to get sober.

  50. Habits are powerful once you are hooked on, you are so stuck…it takes great strength to break this… I avoid every form of addiction… Thanks for this.

  51. I feel like 21 beers in a single night might be physically impossible. If that’s true then his alcoholism was truly on another level

  52. One should be scared of alcoholic because of it chronic side effects. I was once an addict in alcohol, its true that alcoholic personality can be changed for good. Thanks for this good correctional tips.

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