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Thursday, October 26, 2017

How Do I Know if I’m Addicted?

How Do I Know if I’m Addicted?

How Do I Know if I’m Addicted?

Addiction is an ugly disease.  It makes people behave in ways that are deceitful and demoralizing.  Despite intentions of stopping, 23.5 million Americans are still addicted to drugs or alcohol.  That means one in every ten people suffer.  Once you realize you have a problem, help is out there for you.  Acknowledgement is the first stop on the road to recovery.  Here are signs you need to make that first step.
  1. Inability to use recreationally.  Someone who is addicted to a substance cannot use it in moderation.  Once you start using, you keep going until your body can’t handle it anymore.  While you’re on the substance, you’re constantly thinking about how you are going to get more and how you will hide it from others.
  2. You are always thinking about it.  When you’re addicted, the substance is always on your mind.  You think about when the next time is you’ll be able to use and bargain with yourself about ways to stop.  Even when you’re not intoxicated, it is the source of obsession.
  3. You spend way too much money on your drug of choice.  Addiction is incredibly expensive.  People who are addicted tend to spend every penny they have to support their addiction.  The prioritization of finances means nothing because addiction trumps all.  Many would rather spend money on drugs and alcohol than rent, which is why so many addicts and alcoholics become homeless.
  4. You lie -- a lot.  Addiction is shameful.  When you’re addicted, you don’t want people to know, so you lie about it.  You may have a fear of people finding out because then you would have to stop.  Deceitfulness is the nature of the disease.  
  5. You use, even when you don’t want to.  In the beginning, recreational use of a substance may seem fun.  Yet, when you’re addicted, it is no longer enjoyable.  Addiction is hard work.  The rational part of your brain may tell you you’re not going to use today, but the physical withdrawals and obsessive thoughts make it nearly impossible.  When you try to stop, you make shake, vomit, sweat profusely, and may even have seizures because your body can’t handle the sudden absence.  
  6. Day-to-day functioning is nearly impossible.  Someone suffering from addiction typically finds it hard to go about their days in a normal way.  They may struggle to maintain employment and functional relationships.  All of their thoughts are centered around their next drunk or high, and whatever stands between that will get pushed aside.
All of these signs don’t need to be present if you suffer from addiction.  Addiction does not discriminate.  It affects people in all walks of life.  You may still have a job or a spouse.  Yet, if you find yourself internally suffering and want to stop, but can’t, it is time to seek professional help.  

Treatment and recovery for addiction should be simple. Simple Recovery offers dual diagnosis treatment for men and women in a multiphase format encouraging growth and development. Going back to school, back to work, or engaging in volunteer work, our clients waste no time starting their new lives as they continue to heal in mind, body, and spirit. For information, call us today: 855-403-4700

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