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Am I Addicted? Learn About the Signs and Treatment Options
Alcohol & drug abuse are leading causes of several health ailments and even death across the United States. How do you know if you or someone you know suffers from alcoholism? When do you accept that you suffer from drug addiction? How do you distinguish between social use and dependency or addiction? We help you with a few simple steps to answer the above questions and help you identify a rehab program to help you simply say ‘NO’.
We list some basic symptoms which will enable one to identify alcoholism or drug addiction:
- Anxiety, irritability, arguing regularly with friends and family, frequent mood swings or depression, frequent blackouts or memory loss
- The need to use alcohol to function on a daily basis. Drinking alone, first thing in the morning or in private during through the day.
- Use of alcohol to alter moods, to lift ones mood, to cope with situations. The need to drink to forget about situations and believe in that as the ‘normal’ life.
- Chronic diarrhea, vomiting blood, dark or bloody stools, shaky/ trembling hands
A few symptoms associated with Alcohol and Drug addiction:
- Side-lining other Activities: significant and noticeable dip in performance at work/school or lack of interaction with family & friends
- Extreme Privacy: unexplained frequent expenses, disappearing often without any logical explanation, being extremely secretive about
- Loss of will power: The inability to say no to a drug or to a drink despite setting ultimatum’s for one’s self
- Changing Appearance: Lack of hygiene or personal care, unkempt hair or lack of grooming
- Withdrawal: As a result of stopping use of alcohol or drugs the person suffers anxiety, vomiting, depression, irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite etc.
- Even though it is causing problems (on the job, in relationships, for one’s health), a person continues drinking and drugging.
We also recommend answering these 5 questions:
- Do you think about drugs a lot?
- Did you ever try to stop or cut down on your drug usage but couldn’t?
- Does the thought of running out of drugs really scare you?
- Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to pay for drugs?
- Do you ever use drugs because you are upset or angry at other people?
If your answer to most of the above questions or all of the above questions is yes, then you might have a drug addiction or suffer from alcoholism. This is a big step in your life and the choosing a rehab program to enable to bring your life back together will be of paramount importance.
Acceptance is the biggest help and the first step one can take. It is the most courageous and humbling decision you can make and it could save your life. Once you have accepted that you have a drug addiction or suffer from alcoholism, one of the most important aspects people look for when choosing a rehab facility is which treatment option has proven to be the most successful.
Through advances, we know more than ever about how drugs work in the brain. We also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and lead productive lives.
Am I an Addict? If You Think You Need Help, There Are Options!
If you want to treat alcoholism and drug addiction at the root, it is best to seek intensive treatment at a residential treatment program. It is important to not try to detox by yourself because it could have serious, possibly even fatal consequences. Get alternative assistance that can help turn your life around.
Call to connect with a treatment center at (866) 644-7911 to turn around your life.