One of the great tragedies of America today is that countless people suffer from some sort of addiction. While some are able to get help, many are not, and it is estimated that millions of Americans cannot get the help they deserve. As a result, they are forced to suffer in silence, enduring otherwise beatable addictions and having their lives ruined due to this lack of treatment. What is even more frustrating is that far too many people choose not to seek treatment, wrongly believing that they have their addiction “under control.”
The question before far too many is this: Do I need addiction treatment? This question is difficult to answer, but there are ways that you can tell when its time to seek professional help. Furthermore, while it can be difficult, there are a wide array of addiction centers available to help you overcome your demons, kick your addiction, and lead a good and happy life.
What Are The Signs Of Needing Addiction Treatment?
Everyone is different, and there are different indications that people may need addiction treatment. Generally speaking, there are a few different metrics to guide whether or not it may be time for you to seek addiction counseling. First is the physical or emotional symptoms. Addiction can occur with many items, including drinking, drug use, gambling, and more. Ask yourself: Do you need to engage in your addiction to physically feel okay? What sort of physical or emotional experiences do you endure when you don’t engage in this habit? Do you suffer from physical symptoms, including:
– Upset stomach, vomiting, headache or otherwise unexplained pains
– More serious problems, like seizures or delirium tremens (DTs).
If you are experiencing any of these physical symptoms when you try to stop a habit, you may seriously want to consider seeking help immediately. Addiction is more than an annoyance. It can kill. These physical symptoms should be interpreted as warning signs that your body is trying to tell you. Furthermore, there are many emotional symptoms of addiction as well. Ask yourself these questions: If you are not engaging in the activity you are concerned with, are you thinking about it? Do you spend large chunks of your day thinking about the activity in question, planning how to engage in it, or wishing that you were doing it? Do you want to stop the activity, but find yourself unable or unwilling to do so, even though you know that the activity is causing you negative impacts on your life? Again, if the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may want to consider addiction treatment.
A variety of other potential impacts on your life should help you determine whether or not you need addiction treatment as well. These examples are professional and family-related ones. Has your addiction negatively impacted your family life? Would you rather engage in the activity in question than spend time with your loved ones? Do you find yourself hiding the activity in question from your family? Has the activity damaged your family relations, made you feel less capable of meeting your responsibilities, or otherwise impacted your ability to be a good spouse, parent, or child? Furthermore, there are professional responsibilities to keep in mind as well. Have you missed work because of your addiction? Has your addiction resulted in not only lost time but lost wages, professional consequences, less money in your pocket, or a decrease in your professional prospects? Have members of your family or work told you that they are concerned about your behavior and want you to get treatment? This is a particularly important question. Sometimes, you may be able to hide your vice from others, although that should not be taken as an indication that you don’t need help. However, when your addiction begins to spill over into other assets of your life – including other assets you were previously able to keep separate – it is almost certainly time to seek treatment.
Remember: Your addiction doesn’t have to be your life. It doesn’t have to define who you are and who you will always be. If you are interested in beating your addiction, or if you want more information, call us today at 833-820-2922. Our counselors are experts in the field and here to help you recover and find a treatment program that works for you.