There are a handful of factors that could prompt a drug and/or alcohol addiction, which prevents any two cases from being the same. Drug and alcohol rehab can help, but first a person needs to realize they need help. An addiction is strongly influenced by:
- Biology & genes
- Environment & influences
- Development & the age you started consuming drugs or alcohol
Long-term use can lead to physical and mental consequences, such as poorer performance in learning, judgment, decision making, memory, behavior, and the ability to handle stress. You may even be aware of those risks but the driving nature of addiction will urge you to partake anyways.
Although addiction is a disease that can have a lasting effect if gone untreated, it can be successfully managed if given the right tools. If you are unsure if your substance use requires attention, here are 5 red flags that indicate drug and alcohol rehab would be a great path for you:
1. Your relationships have begun to suffer
Your loved ones are sure to mean the world to you but even then, you still have the urge to use drugs or drink. Your addiction may cause negative emotions in the people around you, such as anxiety, fear, anger, embarrassment, or guilt, and may lead them to distance themself from you. Your addiction may even cause resentment in the people around you if you’ve become unreliable, unproductive, or if you continually seek financial help.
2. Your tolerance has gone up
If you have begun to use drugs or alcohol in higher quantities or have used each longer than originally planned, that may serve as a sign that there is a problem. As you use a substance over a long period of time, your body will build a resistance to it, forcing you to consume more in order to feel the same high as when you first started.
3. Your responsibilities have taken a rear seat
When struggling with an addiction, it’s easy to lose sight of yourself and even who you use to be. This means being less focused on your daily responsibilities and instead, more focused on being able to drink or use drugs. If you are less focused at work, have fallen behind on your schoolwork, or even disappeared from your usual social activities, due to your substance use, consider reaching out for help.
4. Much of your time is consumed by your substance use
Think about how often you devote the majority of your time to your substance use. Besides the time you spend using drugs or drinking, also consider how much effort you put into getting the drugs and then how much time it takes to fully recover and feel better after using.
5. You have tried – but cannot quit on your own
Everyone turns to drink or drugs for different reasons, but most commonly, they’re used to mask unwanted emotions or uncomfortable feelings. Unfortunately, those feelings become more prominent when you try to quit, especially on your own, and you may struggle to cope with the new feelings and even turn to another drug. If you have tried in the past to quit and have become worried about your inability to stop, please seek help.
Is Drug and Alcohol Rehab the Right Path For You?
If you can relate to any of the examples above and have found yourself struggling with either a drug or alcohol addiction, never think you are a bad person. But instead, realize that you are a person in need of help. At Ocean Hills Recovery, we strive to be the support you need and the help you deserve.
If you are ready to take the first step towards a healthier life and a stronger you, please contact us at Ocean Hills Recovery for more information and to receive a free and confidential assessment. Give us a call or contact us online today.
Sources: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64258/  https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/alcohol-use-disorder-18/slideshow-signs-alcohol-problem  https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/drug-abuse-addiction#1
About the author:
Nicole earned her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at California School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral thesis was a grounded theory study exploring the role of alienation and connectedness in the life course of addiction. She specializes in treating addiction and trauma. She is certified in DBT and EMDR, two of the most highly regarded evidence-based methods in psychotherapy. Dr. Doss is a strong LGBT advocate and provides open and affirming support to her LGBT clients.
Dr. Doss’s earlier education included graduating cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in June of 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While there, she received honors recognition by Psi Chi and Golden Key honor societies.
Nicole has been working with alcoholics and addicts in our California drug and alcohol rehab center as an advisor and counselor for many years. She is passionate about providing quality counseling and care to her clients. Her main focus is on integrating the 12 Step and disease models of addiction with experiential therapeutic theory. She is married to Greg; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.