What are the warning signs of addiction? Here are eight signs you might have a problem and how to find help.
You Rely on Prescription Drugs
If you can’t go a day without a prescribed medication, or you seek more than one doctor to fill medications like pain or sleeping pills, this is a sure sign of addiction.
More importantly, if you try to stop on your own, and feel side effects, your body is most likely dependent on these medications.
You Drink Alone
Many who suffer from alcoholism prefer drinking alone. The biggest reason is privacy so that they can hide the amount of alcohol consumed.
If you find you prefer drinking alone, and you buy large amounts of alcohol, you should seek out alcohol rehab treatment centers to help you control the addiction.
You Make Excessive Trips to the Emergency Room
If your family or friends have called 9-1-1 because of drug or alcohol overdosing, it may be a sign you need to seek help.
The ability to not recognize when too much is too much, is a common sign in addiction to drugs, prescription medications or alcohol.
You Have Unpaid Bills Due to Buying the Illicit
Many people addicted to illegal drugs such as heroin, marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamines stop paying rent, mortgages and other expenses, and use the money to pay for these substances instead.
If you are constantly using income to buy illicit drugs, it’s a good idea to seek rehab before the financial hole is too big to dig yourself out of.
You Only Participate in Events Where Alcohol is Present
If the only activities you are interested in are those where alcohol is served and you avoid those events that do not serve these types of beverages, you may have a problem with alcohol.
Think about the events you attend to decide if alcoholic events are the only places you’re willing to go. If this is your pattern, you can benefit from rehab treatment.
You Protest That You Can Quit Anytime
Many people who are addicted to prescription or illegal drugs, or alcohol protest that they can quit anytime when they are confronted by friends, or family members.
If you do this often, it is a sign you do have a problem, and may need rehab to stop.
Your Body Symptoms Start Upon Awakening
If you wake up with shakes, or the tremors, and they only subside once you take a drug, or drink alcohol, this is a sign your body is addicted to the substance of choice.
Other body symptoms may include nausea, or vomiting until you partake in drugs or alcohol. If you find you are losing weight at a rapid rate, and use illegal drugs like crack or cocaine, this is a common sign you may be abusing these drugs.
You Lose Interest in Your Appearance
If the first thing on your mind each day is how you will get a drug or alcohol and not bathing , brushing your teeth, or wearing clean clothing, this is yet another symptom of abuse.
Friends, or family members may notice this pattern, and if they point it out often, you should seek the help of a treatment program.
All of the above eight symptoms should be taken seriously to decide if you have a problem with alcohol, or drugs. The first step in your recovery is to admit the abuse, and find a treatment center in your area. Many programs are available, even ones covered by health insurance, or ones that are on a sliding-fee scale. Other options include intense in-house programs. A professional can best help you decide which is right for you.
Joe Fortunato is a freelance writer from Tampa, Florida. He enjoys learning about new subjects, following his Baltimore Orioles, and traveling the country for fishing. You can find Joe on Twitter at@joey_fort.