Warning signals

Phase 1 - return of denial

  • concern about mood;
  • not admitting anxiety;

Phase 2 - escape and defensive behaviours

  • "I will never drink again" belief;
  • worrying about others instead of oneself;
  • defensive behaviour;
  • compulsive or rigid behaviour;
  • overeating;
  • dieting;
  • gambling;
  • work;
  • sex;
  • spending money;
  • stimulating sensations;
  • sports;
  • escape from monotony;
  • impulsive behaviour;
  • ability to isolate oneself from people;

Phase 3 - critical build-up

  • tunnel vision;
  • masked depression;
  • loss of constructive planning;
  • plans begin to fail;

Phase 4 - loss of the ability to function

  • daydreaming and wishful thinking;
  • feeling that nothing can be solved;
  • an immature desire to be happy;

Phase 5 - confusion and hyperactivity

  • periods of confusion;
  • irritation towards loved ones;
  • easily irritated;

Phase 6 - depression

  • irregular eating;
  • lack of desire to do anything;
  • sleep disorders;
  • unstructured days without any routine;
  • periods of deep depression;

Phase 7 - loss of control over behaviour

  • irregular attendance at AA meetings;
  • "I don't care" attitude;
  • explicit rejection of help;
  • dissatisfaction with life;
  • feeling helpless and powerless;

Phase 8 - awareness of the loss of control

  • self-pity;
  • thinking about social drinking;
  • purposeful lying;
  • complete loss of self-confidence;

Phase 9 - limiting the number of choices

  • unjustified resentment towards everyone about everything;
  • discontinuation of all treatment and contacts in AA;
  • overwhelming loneliness, anger and tension;
  • loss of control over behaviour;

Phase 10 - relapse episode

  • first glass;
  • shame and guilt;
  • helplessness and hopelessness;
  • total loss of hope for control;
  • physical, mental and social damage;
  • complete collapse;