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What Is Dry Drunk?

Alcoholic drinks & alcohol poisoning.

Dry drunk is a term used to describe someone who is sober but still behaves like an alcoholic.

An individual can abstain from drinking and be sober or dry. However, without addressing the issues that caused them to become addicted in the first place, they are not dealing with the stressors, problems or their own response to these problems that originally led them to drinking.

When recovery treatment is ignored, individuals tend to turn to destructive coping habits instead of healthy coping habits learned in recovery. An individual considered dry drunk may even develop another addiction, often called cross addiction, to satisfy cravings.

Symptoms of Dry Drunk

Some typical symptoms of dry drunk can include:

  • Becoming unusually irritable, anxious, or frustrated, sometimes with no apparent reason

  • Mood swings that range from depression to extreme happiness

  • Fatigue or no motivation to do normal daily tasks

  • Struggling to make decisions

  • Difficulty problem solving

  • Acting impulsively or selfishly

  • Craving alcohol or longing for the drinking life

  • Jealousy of others in recovery

  • Being defensive in the face of criticism

  • Blaming others or playing the victim in most situation

Getting Help For Addiction

If you or somebody in your life seems to be a dry drunk, professional help to address addiction may be the best option to help continue on the road to recovery.

At Care Addiction Center, we offer treatment plans that address every facet of your addiction, serving individuals in Geneva, Batavia, Sycamore, St. Charles, and Kane County, with online addiction treatment available anywhere in Illinois. 

To get started on the road to recovery, or if you have questions about helping yourself or a loved one, call us today or schedule a confidential assessment online and begin treatment.

Want to hear about dry drunk from those that have traveled the path to sobriety? Listen to the Sober.Coffee podcast with Mike and Glenn, sharing stories of experience, strength and hope in recovery.

If you’re not sure if your alcohol use is a problem, why don’t we complete a confidential evaluation? Feel free to contact our Illinois rehab at: 630-402-0144


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