Oftentimes when it comes to seeking help for an addiction or substance abuse problem, taking the first step is the hardest. Unfortunately, many end up seeking help after their addiction has caused major legal, personal, or physical problems.
Around 8.6% of the population needs treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol. However, only 0.9% of these people receive treatment. Avoiding treatment because you think you can solve your addiction alone, or are scared of what people will think is not the answer. Seeking out help does not make you weak. In fact, it shows just how strong you are by standing up to your addiction and taking necessary steps to better your life.
We’ve broken down a few of the telltale signs that your casual use has turned into an addiction. If you are in one of the following categories, we highly suggest reaching out to a treatment facility and seeking the help you need. It’s never too late.
Causing Harm to Yourself and Others
One of the first telltale signs that it is time to seek treatment is if your addiction and substance abuse is harming others or yourself. Hurting yourself goes a lot deeper than just dealing with hangovers or withdrawals. It could be your doctor telling you that you’re experiencing cirrhosis of the liver, or other medical issues and diseases from substance abuse. Risky behavior from your addiction could cause physical harm as well, such as falling down stairs or breaking your hand.
Your own physical body is not the only one at risk when a substance is in your system. Accidents due to substance abuse are likely and can cause injury to others. If you are abusing your spouse or other family members, whether it is physically or emotionally, it is time to get help, no questions asked. This behavior is not normal and needs treatment right away. Creating a problem for yourself is one thing, but when this problem affects others, it’s time to deal with your addiction.
Unable to Quit on Your Own
If you have recognized your problem but cannot seem to kick the habit, it is time to find help from outside sources. If living just a single day without your substance of choice is something you are unable to do, then it is time to check into treatment. If you can abstain for a bit of time but eventually relapse, treatment can help you gain valuable coping skills. These can be implemented throughout the rest of your life and play a valuable role in your recovery.
Perhaps you are physically addicted and have not had success due to withdrawals and need a program to help you detox first. Finding a treatment facility that can help you with this is important as it will give you the tools you need to stop relapsing and heal.
Your Addiction is the Root of Severe Consequences
Perhaps one of the glaring signs to both yourself and others that it’s time to seek help is when your addiction causes the loss of something large. Showing up to work intoxicated or high too many times could cause the loss of employment. Or, maybe a mandatory drug test caused you to be put on suspension. Either way, losing your job is a serious problem and treatment should be sought immediately.
For younger people, being kicked out of school or college may be the right wake-up signal. This dramatic life change has serious ramifications depending on the severity of the school’s punishment. Seeking treatment is the right choice and can hopefully help you get back on track. Lastly, a DUI or DWI and loss of license can be a sign. These are serious offenses and can not only affect insurance rates but driving privileges for years to come.
Life Revolves Around Addiction
When your whole life begins to revolve around your substance use or addiction, it is time to seek help. If you find yourself only leaving your apartment or home to seek the next high or see those who can help you get there, it is time to find treatment. Knowing that you can’t live without your next fix is a severe warning sign that should not be ignored.
Finding help from substance abuse does not have to happen after a severe accident or consequence. Admitting your addiction, though incredibly difficult, can help you find freedom with the right tools and treatment. As always, our staff at Rehab After Work is here to support you through the transition.