Taking that first step toward getting help for addiction is the hardest. Part of the decision to getting help relies on recognizing that you need help. It takes understanding and knowing when your substance use is taking control of your life. While you might think that spotting an addiction is easy, it is more complex, and most do not seek help until their substance use has caused personal, physical or legal damage. Studies show that around 8.6% of the United States population needs treatment for substance use disorders (SUD); however, only 0.9% ever get treatment.
You might avoid treatment because you believe that you can overcome your substance use on your own. Such a decision derives from the complexities of coming to grips with admitting you have a problem and fearing what others will think if you seek help. Understand that not only are you strong for seeking help and facing your substance use, but it will also help to better your life. If you wonder if drinking or using drugs has turned from casual into addiction, then here are common signs that you need help.
Harming Yourself and Others
One of the sure signs you need treatment is if your substance use is causing harm to yourself and others. Hurting yourself goes deeper than hangovers or withdrawals. Chronic substance use can create many mental and physical ailments, including heart and liver damage, memory loss, cognitive deterioration and swings in emotions. Excessive use can also cause you to think irrationally and participate in risky behaviors. If you allow the substance to take over, you might verbally or physically abuse friends or family members. When your substance use causes harm yourself and others, and the only solution you can think of to help is more substances, it is time to seek immediate help.
However, your actions and behaviors that cause harm might not be so obvious. Addiction can take hold gradually over time before becoming something you cannot avoid. Therefore, it is crucial to monitor the relationship you have with yourself, others and substances. If negative self-talk creeps in, or you are losing more patience with friends and family, it is important to note because this could be your addiction taking over. When you are aware of these signs sooner rather than later is becomes clear that you will benefit from getting professional help.
Unable to Quit on Your Own
It might seem obvious to assume that if you cannot quit then you need help. While this is true, it is more complicated than that. Trying to cut down your use or stop in the first place is a form admitting that you have a problem – whether you know it or not. Therefore, if you are acknowledging that you have a problem, then why not seek help? Many people go through this because they think addiction needs to be severe to require treatment; however, they are wrong. If you admit that you need to cut down or quit and are unable to because you justify that your use isn’t “that bad” or you simply can’t, then it is time to seek a professional opinion.
Your Substance Use Causes Consequences
Regardless of how big or small, the appointments people make are only as good as their ability to keep them. Perhaps a glaring sign that you will benefit from seeking help is when your substance use costs your something valuable. For example, you show up to work intoxicated or high and end up losing your job. Or you make plans with a friend or family member and break them to stay in i and drink or use alone. Something like the latter might seem innocent enough, but once you cross that line, you become even more capable of doing it again and again. Just as if you were to become comfortable driving under the influence, you will likely do it more often, which is a dangerous state of mind. Whether your substance use has contributed to severe consequences or caused you to willfully miss out on things you usually enjoy, then the time to seek help is now.
Addiction Becomes You
When your whole life revolves around when your next drink or drug is, this is a clear indication that you need help. It can be hard to spot addiction after it takes hold because it can be very persuasive in leading you to believe that you can control it at any point. When you know that you cannot live without your next drink or drug, this is another warning sign that it is time to get help.
Knowing when to get help should not rely on whether it is too soon or too late, but instead taking measures to understand your substance use and immediately acting to manage it. Finding help for substance use does not have to happen after a severe accident or consequence. At Associated Behavioral Health Care in Washington state, we believe that admitting your addiction, however difficult, can help you find freedom with the use of the right tools and treatment. Our professional staff and treatments are motivated to meet you where you’re at in your addiction or recovery Find out more and overcome your substance use today by calling us at (844) 335-7384.