To help you figure out whether you need to enter a drug rehabilitation center or outpatient drug treatment program, think about these common signs of addiction.
How To Tell If You Need A Drug Rehabilitation Center
It’s hard to admit that you have a problem, but recognizing when you’re in over your head is a sign of strength. It shows a willingness to take control of your own life when everything around you is spiraling out of control.
There’s no magic process that will cure you of your addiction and there’s no guarantee that inpatient or outpatient drug treatment programs will result in long-term sobriety — that part does take a commitment on your part. But with the help of a team of knowledgeable professionals, you can start down the right path to recovery.
The following are some common signs that you may be an addict and may need to enter a drug rehabilitation center. Every person is different, and this list may not apply to everyone, but it can help to give you a better idea of how much a drug addiction may be affecting your daily life without you even realizing it.
1. You’ve Lied About Your Drug Use
Most addicts tend to keep their addiction a secret and maintain that they have everything under control, even when things may be spiraling. But lying, more often than not, equates to having something to hide.
2. Friends Or Family Members Have Discussed Your Drug Use With You
While you may think you’re hiding your drug use well, your family and friends know you better than you might think. People on the outside can more easily see the changes in your life and behavior. And if they’re voicing their concern, you should be concerned too. We know it can be difficult, but don’t simply dismiss their pleas for you to get help. Really consider if there’s any truth to what they’re saying and ask yourself if it’s time to enter an inpatient drug treatment program. If they’re bringing up your addiction, it means they care and are concerned about you.
3. You’ve Lost Contact With People
Take a hard look at your life. Are there people that used to be in it that you no longer speak to, thanks to your drug use? Has your drug use been the common thread in most of your conflicts with the important people in your life? While you may think that you’re the same as you’ve always been, in reality drugs can make you act or lash out in ways that make your loved ones feel uncomfortable or fear that they may be in danger.
4. Your Doctor Informs You That Your Health Problems Are Due To Your Drug Use
While you may think that using drugs doesn’t have a negative impact on your health, you would be gravely mistaken. Addiction, very simply, wears down your body. It affects your heart, brain and other vital organs. You’ll likely show visible symptoms as well, such as dark circles under the eyes, extreme weight loss, bloodshot eyes and sagging skin.
Your body, while on drugs, will also adapt to those drugs. So, when you’re without them, you’ll experience severe withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, nausea, tremors, migraines and other physical reactions. In addition to these symptoms, you can put your body at risk for a stroke or other adverse conditions.
Depending on which drugs you’re abusing, you can also be at risk for a variety of other health conditions and diseases. Addiction to stimulants can cause psychosis and/or cardiovascular failure. Opiate addiction can slow your breathing to the point of permanent brain damage. And if you’re injecting drugs, your risk of contracting deadly diseases like hepatitis C or HIV skyrocket.
If your doctor suggests that your health issues could be a direct result of your drug use, that is a loud and clear indicator that it’s time for you to look into drug treatment programs.
5. You’ve Tried And Failed To Stop
Have you tried numerous times to quit but failed each time? Maybe you’ve tried to cut down on your drug use but couldn’t overcome the withdrawal symptoms. This most likely means that your body is physically addicted to the substance and you’re unable to quit on your own. You should strongly consider seeking professional help from a drug rehabilitation center.
6. You’ve Lost Your Job Or Were Kicked Out Of School
How does drug use lead to losing your job or getting kicked out of school? Well, it’s very simple. While you may be able to hide your drug use from friends and family for a little while, your boss or your teachers will most definitely take note of your change in appearance and behavior, as well as any deceptive and/or defensive actions.
Addiction can and will put your job or education in jeopardy and can even prevent you from any future career or education-related opportunities. It’s time to speak with a human resources manager or counselor to see if they’d allow an extended leave of absence. You may have more options than you know to help you stay at your company or school, should you decide to complete treatment.
7. You’ve Had Legal Problems
Whether you’ve been arrested for driving while under the influence, for possession of a controlled substance or for some other illegal action that you committed while intoxicated, legal trouble is a clear sign that something needs to change. Before you do further, irreparable damage to your life or someone else’s, you need to look into inpatient drug rehab facilities to get help.
8. You’ve Harmed Yourself Or Others
All of these red flags harm not just you but also those around you. That in and of itself should be a wake-up call that you need professional help. But there’s another, life-threatening sign that should, under no circumstances, be ignored.
Drugs can actually cause and/or increase depression and other mental illnesses among addicts. If you’ve had suicidal thoughts, harmed yourself or harmed someone else as a result of drug use, it’s time to get help. These illnesses can be treated concurrently with addiction.
Start On The Path To Recovery Today
Don’t wait until it’s too late – at Daylight Recovery Services, our sole focus is you and your recovery. With our detoxification process, inpatient drug treatment program and intensive outpatient program, we’ll get to the very root of your addiction and help guide you toward long-term recovery. Have a question or need more information? Contact our team of addiction experts. We’re available 24/7 to help you realize your goal of an addiction-free life.