It is much easier to recognize the signs of a drug and/or alcohol addiction in others, but it is much more challenging to determine when you yourself may have a drug or alcohol problem. Denial often plays a crucial role in preventing someone from recognizing they need help, and much of the time, the haze of drugs and alcohol may limit a person’s ability to face reality. What are some of the signs you or a loved one may need help?
Loss of control
Once you start to feel that you have lost control over your use, it is time to seek addiction help. Perhaps you recognize that drugs and alcohol are taking over your life, and you actively make the decision to stop using, but cannot. In this case, you are suffering from an addiction. This loss of control over how much you drink or use drugs signals that you need professional addiction help.
Building a tolerance to drugs and alcohol means that you need more of the substance to get the same feeling you used to get from it. An increased tolerance to substances is a major sign that you need addiction help. Discovering that your usual dose is not working for you anymore can lead to reckless and potentially fatal behavior.
Your life revolves around drinking or drugging
For most people suffering from an addiction, the getting and using of drugs and alcohol takes up their entire day. Addiction is a full-time, and potentially fatal, job. If you spend your entire day trying to get and use your drug of choice, it is time to seek help.
You experience withdrawal
If you experience signs of withdrawal a short amount of time after your last drink or drug, you are addicted to that particular substance. Withdrawal symptoms continue to get worse the more and more you use. Seeking medical assistance during your withdrawal from substances is the safest and most comfortable way to detox from drugs and alcohol. You can either seek help now, or wait until it gets even worse.
You can’t stop despite negative consequences
Your drinking and using career may have started with minor consequences, but eventually, the consequences continue to worsen. You may also have a lot of “yets.” Nevertheless, the longer you use, the worse your consequences will become. Drug and alcohol addiction tends to land us in jails, institutions, and death. If you cannot stop using despite these negative consequences, it is time to seek addiction help.
These are just a few of the signs that signal you may need to seek help now. Addiction is a disease, which means it is very difficult to stop it on your own. Needing professional addiction treatment does not mean you are a failure; it merely means you are an addict who needs support. Addictions are treatable disorders, and recovery is indeed possible.
If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, reach out to Recreate Life Counseling Services today. We can help you receive the treatment you need and deserve to recover from your addiction.