Managing PMS Symptoms with Alcohol Abuse

Managing PMS Symptoms with Alcohol AbusePremenstrual syndrome (PMS) involves much more than cramping and a craving for chocolate. PMS can be painful and lead to an emotional imbalance that some women may self-medicate with alcohol. Alcohol is readily available and can temporarily mask the symptoms of PMS. However use can quickly turn into abuse. Professional alcohol treatment can teach women to manage their PMS symptoms while breaking free from alcohol abuse.

Symptoms of PMS

The symptoms of PMS can vary between women, and the following are just a few of the more severe symptoms:

  • Physical pain that could include severe abdominal pain and migraines
  • Depression
  • Feelings of isolation
  • Heightened emotions
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger and being easily frustrated
  • Exhaustion
  • Sleep interruptions
  • Inability to focus

Women who self-medicate their symptoms with alcohol feel as though they have some control over their out of control emotions and mental health issues.

How to Cope with PMS without Alcohol

PMS can make a woman feel like every other emotion is amplified. The hormone shifts will affect every woman in different ways; however, for some women the mood swings, depression, and anger can make them feel as though they cannot cope. Alcohol rehab can help women learn to cope with the emotions that threaten to overwhelm them. Rehab can help women in the following ways:

  • It teaches women to cope with what life throws at them, which can put you in a better position to cope with the heightened emotional state that PMS brings with it
  • Counseling helps women recognize their triggers for emotional reactions, which can help them avoid relapse in the future
  • Teaching ways to react in a positive manner to those triggers
  • Rehab empowers women to understand how their behaviors and reactions affect others, which will make them a lot more mindful of their behaviors

Seeking alcoholism treatment is a step to long-lasting sobriety. Emotional problems and addiction make for a very risky combination; unless you are able to find workable solutions for your emotional concerns, you will find it a challenge to move on from your addiction.

This is where we can step in to help you. We offer integrated treatment programs that will treat you as a whole. Through targeted therapies that are customized to meet your unique needs for the treatment of emotional problems and addiction concerns, we will be able to provide you with the tools you need to face your life-stressors without the strong drive to lean on alcohol.

Alcoholism Helpline for Women

Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline. Our knowledgeable counselors will be able to guide you to the best treatment program for your unique needs. Our staff is professional, compassionate and will treat your situation with the respect deserved. Your call will be completely confidential; allow our counselors to answer your questions and address the concerns you have about potential treatment options.