Causes & Signs of Drug Abuse
Substance abuse usually starts out as something a person thinks they can control. Then, many times without realizing it, they will lose that control and their desire for the substance will begin to dictate everything they do. And the truth is quite clear when it comes to recovery for most individuals: once you become addicted, it isn’t easy to quit.
When you are still unsure if you are an addict (or if someone you love has crossed the line into addiction), there are a few simple questions you can ask yourself to determine if this may be true.
- Do I feel my loved one or I no longer have control over their/my substance abuse?
- Do I notice my loved one’s behavior or my behavior is extremely different than it was before they/I started using drugs?
- Do I worry constantly that my substance abuse has turned into an addiction?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s likely addiction has already set in. If you are worried you may be an addict, then you probably already are. And if you’ve noticed strange behavior in your loved one, or constant problems that are caused by their substance abuse, it is very likely they are addicted too.