Rock Springs Rocket Miner
ROCK SPRINGS — Aaron Webb knows the signs of addiction. He has been an alcoholic for a large part of his adult life. The 33-year-old Rock Springs resident estimates he drank for about 25 years. His relationship with the bottle was tight.
“It was a necessity. I had to have it,” Webb said of his drinking. “When I look back, I see I was a slave to the bottle, always wondering how I was going to hide it.”
The signs of his problem came on gradually; the symptoms manifested themselves after Webb finished high school. The first sign was constant anxiety — racing heart and clammy hands were there continually. To stop that anxiety, Webb made frequent trips to the liquor store and bar to get that drink, to stop the anxiety.
Webb said his family did not pick up on the signs for a very long time.
“I got very good at hiding it, so I think people really did not know the extent of the problem,” he said. “Eventually, I was full-throttle with the drinking and then there was no way to hide it.”