It isn’t always easy to know if you have a true addiction, but there are many warning signs and symptoms that can strongly indicate that you have a problem. Statistics show that 1 out of every 8 American struggle with a substance abuse addiction. The following twelve questions are a good starting point for a self-assessment. You can also have someone close to you answer the questions as well to get an outside perspective on your behaviors and usage patterns.
- Do you find yourself thinking about drugs/alcohol a lot?
- Do you try and stop or cut down on your usage but can’t?
- Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in at a social gathering or have a good time at a party without consuming alcohol or drugs?
- Do you ever use substances because you are upset or angry?
- Have you ever used a substance without knowing exactly what it was or what affect it would have on you?
- Have you ever taken one drug or drink to get over the effects of another?
- Have you ever made mistakes at your job, at school or in a relationship because you were using?
- Does the thought of running out of drugs or alcohol really scare you?
- Have you ever stolen drugs or alcohol or stolen other things to pay for them?
- Have you ever been arrested, had run-ins with law enforcement or been in the hospital because of your drug and alcohol use?
- Have you ever overdosed on drugs or gotten alcohol poisoning?
- Has using drugs hurt or broken your relationships with other people?
Think carefully about your answers to these questions and be honest with yourself. Even just admitting that you might have a problem is a positive step forward to drug addiction recovery.
Why Can’t I Recover From Drug Addiction On My Own?
Drug addiction recovery is a deep, multi-faceted process. Repeatedly using drugs and alcohol actually changes your brain – especially the parts of your brain that affect your self-control. These changes have been clearly seen and analyzed in brain imaging studies of people with known and obvious addictions. From a scientific standpoint, these studies show why “just quitting” is nearly impossible for a true addict, even if they desperately want to stop.
This is where completing drug addiction treatment in a safe, certified and professional setting can be really helpful in beginning a fresh new sober life. Here at Restore we have a multidisciplinary team of certified addictions treatment professionals, psychiatrists, licensed therapists, interventionists and coaches to help our clients remove any barriers that are between them and their recovery.
If I Want Help, Where Do I Begin For Drug Addiction Treatment?
Like we wrote above, you want to find a place that is safe and professional and that takes a rounded approach to recovery. Recovery is about more than just stopping the use of the substance – it’s about a transformation of mind, body and soul! We understand the decision to get help can be extremely difficult and often inconvenient. That is why we have put together the program we have – a program made of experts that completely understand what you’re going through and have the evidence-based practices to guide the healing process.
If you recognize the warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse in yourself or a loved one, please contact us today at (855) 658-0035. Our certified addiction specialist look forward to hearing from you and helping you move forward in recovery.