Am I Addicted?
The first step toward recovery is admitting a problem exists, but this is one of the most difficult things for someone to do. People will use every excuse in the book to stay out of drug rehab, but this only leads to more problems. If you have to ask, chances are that yes, you are addicted and need help.
The Beginnings of Addiction
It starts as drug or alcohol use. Maybe you have experimented with substances a few times with friends, or maybe you have been using more and more prescription painkillers than your doctor actually prescribed, or maybe you feel like it takes more alcohol to help you relax than it used to. All of these are warning signs of addiction, or that you are heading toward addiction. If you use substances but are unsure if you are addicted, the best way to tell is to stop. Stop using your substance. Stop taking drugs and stop drinking. Give yourself a chance to try to function without substance in your system.
Go Sober for 30 Days
Go 30 days without your substance. If you can do it, you are not addicted. You should consider yourself lucky and then modify your lifestyle so that you do not go back to substance use. Use this as your wake-up call to stop using and abusing drugs and alcohol, so that you do not end up addicted.
If you are not able to stop, the first time, on your own, or if you do experience serious side effects, you need professional help. If you don’t get the right kind of help, you will continue to sink deeper into your addiction. Waiting or postponing treatment will only make it more difficult to recover in the future. It’s not worth it. Get help today. Call Elevate Recovery Center to learn more.
Get Help if You Experience These Signs
According to NIDA, you may be addicted if you show at least two of the following signs within a 12-month period:
- The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.
- There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to cut down or control use of the substance.
- A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects.
- Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use the substance.
- Recurrent use of the substance resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home.
- Continued use of the substance despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of its use.
- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of use of the substance.
- Recurrent use of the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous.
- Use of the substance is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance.
- Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:
- A need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect.
- A markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance.
- Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:
- The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for that substance (as specified in the DSM- 5 for each substance).
- The substance (or a closely related substance) is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.
We Give You the Opportunity to Help Others
At Elevate, you are part of something special, something unique. The facility is the perfect place for young people to go to join up, learn and develop healthy habits, and practice sober living together. The crowd is a young, fun-loving one, ready to take on the challenges of life with a fresh, new perspective.
Give us a call to find out more about what makes us so unique. If you are ready to give up your addiction and want to be part of our group, we welcome you with open arms.
Contact us at (855) 456-0622 today to enroll in our program.
If you are using drugs or abusing alcohol and can’t stop, you need treatment.
Don’t wait until you are so hopelessly lost that you feel like you can’t ever get back again. We are here to help you.