Do you feel like your substance abuse has gotten out of control? Does it feel like you might have a serious problem yet don’t know if the right thing for you is to reach out to a facility or not? The truth is that, if you believe you have a problem, it’s at least worth talking to a professional to see if there’s something that can be done. That said, below, we put together some of the most common signs that a person’s addiction has taken over their life. This is far from a complete list as there are many, many other signs.
Have you run afoul of the law due to your substance use? Have you gotten in trouble with your job, your partner, your family, your friends, or anyone else but you don’t feel like you’re able to quit or even cut back on using? If that’s the case, then you almost invariably have a problem that needs help. Another sign of this: when something occurs that’s a direct negative circumstance of your substance use, you tell yourself: “I’ve got this, I can fix this, I can turn this around.” If you’ve tried and can’t, then it’s time to reach out.
Do you ever find yourself lying about how much substance you use? Do you undercut the number of drinks you have, or lie about your drug use? If you find yourself doing that more and more, then it’s time to reach out. Then again, it could also be if you find you don’t have to lie about how much you use anymore because you’ve removed all of the people from your life who could conceivably ask. If you’ve changed your circle of friends and acquaintances to people who won’t ask about your substance abuse, that’s a clear sign of a problem as well.
Do you find that you’ve stopped doing everything that you used to find fun and meaningful? Does it seem like all of the stuff that was great is just kind of boring now, especially when compared to drinking/getting high? If that’s the case, it’s important to know that there is help. Specifically, we’ve been able to help people in your position for a long period of time.