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It is extremely important to be able to recognize the signs of addiction and to seek out treatment as soon as it is necessary.
1. Work and School Problems
Two of the most common issues that occur when a person becomes addicted to a substance are work and school problems. According to the National Library of Medicine, this can often be traced to a “decrease in performance” which, over time, becomes difficult to hide.
Therefore, if you have begun to experience multiple issues with work or school that are associated with your substance abuse, seek treatment now before these begin to worsen.
2. Apathy Toward Other Activities
While school and work usually fall by the wayside as a result of addiction, the things that used to give you joy will also become less important to you. In addition, you may neglect to eat, take care of your personal hygiene, and do many more things that are important to your health simply because you no longer care about anything except your substance abuse. This is dangerous, and treatment will be necessary.
3. Withdrawal Symptoms
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people who become addicted to a drug and try to stop taking it may begin “to feel really sick.” Relapse is usually the dangerous result because these symptoms can be difficult to manage on one’s own.
When you notice you are experiencing withdrawal from a drug you take recreationally, this means your body is dependent on it, and it will be much harder to stop––and much more dangerous to attempt to do so––without professional treatment.
4. Hostile or Violent Behavior
Many addicts become hostile toward their loved ones who are concerned about their substance abuse. This is only the tip of the iceberg, though, as it is very likely that you may become prone to violent outbursts and other serious issues the longer you continue abusing drugs. As this can lead to injuries and even legal issues, it is important to seek rehab before your hostile or violent tendencies worsen.
5. Relationship Problems
Relationships come and go, but if you realize that multiple important people in your life are beginning to have a serious problem with your substance abuse, this often means you will require treatment. Many people lose their loved ones to drug addiction, and in some situations, they may never be able to mend that relationship.
6. Lack of Control
The lack of control over your substance abuse is far and away the most telling sign that you will require addiction treatment. If you cannot control this behavior on your own, you will need a professional treatment program to help you learn how and to protect you from relapse and other issues while you are doing so.