1) You have driven a car while intoxicated or highIt might not seem like a big deal at the time. It never does. But driving while drunk, buzzed, or high is a very real danger to everyone in your car and on the road with you, regardless of how experienced of a driver you are. In fact, according to DrugAbuse.gov, in 2010, more than one-quarter of drugged drivers in fatal accidents were 50 years old or older. If you are unable to manage your behavior under the influence, it’s time to get help.
2) Your doctor tells you that you have health problems caused by your drug and/or alcohol useDrugs of all kinds will be harmful to the body over any extended time period. For example, alcoholism causes severe damage to the heart, brain, and liver. Opiate abuse can slow down your breathing to the point of permanent brain damage. Repeated use of some stimulants can cause cardiovascular failure and psychosis. If you inject drugs, the needles you use can increase your risk of contracting deadly diseases like HIV or hepatitis C. If your drug or alcohol use is causing tangible effects on your health, your body is telling you loud and clear that it’s not doing well. Don’t ignore those signs.
3) Your friends and family have asked you to stop drinking or using drugsThe people who know you best may be asking you to stop using – and likely with good reason. It’s easier to see the changes in your life from the outside. If those close to you are concerned, you should be too.
4) You experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking your drug of choiceIf you get headaches, nausea, cramps, insomnia, paranoia, irritability, or any other ills within a few hours after your last hit or drink, it’s only going to get worse. These withdrawal symptoms are how addiction strengthens its hold. You can let it get stronger, or you can fight back. A detox program can help you get through the withdrawal period while offering medication to ease the worst of it. Then, a treatment program will help you stay sober long-term.
5) Your freedom has been threatened due to choices you’ve made under the influenceMaybe you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence, being drunk in public, violence, or possession of a controlled substance. If you are already on probation or parole, police contact due to being under the influence is often enough to put you back behind bars. Is avoiding a 30-day treatment program worth doing jail time for a few years or more?
6) You have harmed yourself or others while under the influenceCertain drugs can cause or increase depression and other mental illnesses. If you’ve had suicidal thoughts, harmed yourself while using or as a result of using, or harmed someone else, you need to get help now. No matter how hopeless it feels, depression and other mental illnesses can be treated. You can escape the cycle and learn to live a fulfilling life again.
7) You have lost your job or been kicked out of school due to drug- or alcohol-related issuesIt might have started without major consequences—a missed class, a late assignment at work, arriving tardy once or twice. But over time, the offenses grew. If you’re afraid of losing your job, or if you already have, take a step back and reevaluate your drug or alcohol use. Getting help now may be your best chance of holding onto a job you love or getting one you want.
8) You have tried to quit but been unable to do so for any meaningful length of timeMaybe you’ve tried to cut down your using but found that you couldn’t. This means your body is physically addicted to the substance, and you need to get help right now. Treatment works. Don’t wait for the addiction to get worse.
9) You’ve lied about your drinking or drug useMaybe you think it’s none of their business, and that you’ve got it under control on your own. But people don’t lie unless they have something to hide. You don’t have to keep building the walls around yourself. You don’t need to lie anymore. When you accept that you need help kicking this thing, the walls come down and your freedom is on the other side.
10) You want to stop drinking or using drugs, but you don’t know howYou’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. Hangovers, withdrawals, constantly thinking about where to get the next hit or when you’ll be able to drink. It’s exhausting. But you can’t figure out how to actually get out of it. The thing is, addiction is a medical disorder, which means getting clean on your own is ridiculously hard. Needing professional treatment doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It only means you have an addiction. And luckily, addictions are entirely treatable.
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