How Do You Know If You Have a Drug Or Alcohol Addiction

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If you think that you could be addicted to drugs or alcohol, then it’s important to know what questions to ask yourself and your loved ones.
This is because addiction doesn’t just affect the person abusing these harmful substances, but also everyone around them.

In most cases, drug or alcohol addicts won’t be able to see what these narcotics are doing to them as they are so comfortable and entirely dependent on it. However, some people may be able to see the damage it’s causing to themselves and to their loved ones, but will continue to use it as they are unable to quit.

The family and friends of addicts are usually the one’s that will notice the addiction problem firsthand and will want to get help for their loved one.

The addict may deny having a problem, but the realisation of a problem being present from family and friends may be enough to convince them to get help.

How do you know if you have a drug or alcohol addiction? Below are some questions to ask yourself and your loved ones that may help addicts become aware of the problem being faced and what can be done to help.

1. Is my life chaotic and unmanageable?
2. Is my addictive behaviour causing me to stay away from work or from my studies?
3. Is my addictive behaviour causing me to avoid my family and friends?
4. Are my loved ones avoiding me because of my addictive behaviour?
5. Do I use all of my free time thinking about or using drugs or alcohol?
6. Have I ever thought about or tried stopping my alcohol or drug usage but found it unable to quit?
7. Have I ever told myself that today will be a much better day, but when night comes, I feel depressed for not being able to achieving my goals?
8. Do I constantly feel bad about myself? Do I have a low self esteem? Do I feel ashamed or guilty about my drug or alcohol use?

These questions may provide you with an eye-opener that there really is a problem at hand and that you need help for your alcohol or drug addiction.

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, it’s important to get the best help available, which comes in the form of a stay in an addiction rehabilitation centre.

In these centres, alcohol and drug addicts may receive a supervised medical detoxification which will help reduce any withdrawal symptoms that can be experienced when the person stops using these substances.

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Patients will also be under 24-hour medical supervision and will be put through various counselling and therapy methods such as individual counselling and 12 step group therapy meetings. This helps in educating recovering addicts about their addiction and what can be done to avoid using drugs or alcohol in the future.

For those with important obligations that cannot be ignored or who have just completed a stay in rehab, outpatient treatment can be done, which doesn’t involve a residential stay at a rehab centre, but patients will be required to attend regular daily counselling and therapy meetings.

Once this has been completed, tertiary care is also available, which helps in integrating recovering addicts back into society and ensuring that they are able to live a clean and sober life.

If you are looking for access to drug or alcohol treatment, we provide access to the best private addiction centres all over South Africa, the United Kingdom and Thailand. Call us now and let one of our qualified addiction counsellors assist in finding the right one for you.

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