Last updated: 05/6/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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If you have an addiction that is taking over your life, then a substance abuse rehabilitation program is the best solution. But, how can you know if you have an addiction that needs treatment? There are several questions you can ask yourself to get this answer.
Do you Suffer From Withdrawal?
Once you have become addicted to a substance of abuse, stopping it frequently results in withdrawal. This means that you feel intense cravings for the substance, along with feeling very sick, and indicates that you are in need of rehab.
Is your Life out of Control Because of the Addiction?
According to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, people with addictions often feel powerless over their substance abuse, taking more than they intended and not being able to stop, even if they want to. When you have lost control, it is time to enter a rehabilitation program.
Are you Experiencing Negative Consequences Because of the Addiction?
There are numerous consequences to drug and alcohol addiction aside from withdrawal and loss of control. These consequences are often the most difficult to recover from, and may include:
- Legal problems
- Loss of friends and family
- Loss of employment
Have your Family and Friends Spoken to you About Your Addiction?
According to the Mayo Clinic, most addicts will try to hide their substance abuse from friends, family, and co-workers. If your addiction has spiraled so far that the people closest to you have noticed it and urged you to get treatment, then that is exactly what you need to do.
Are you Doing Things that you Would Not Normally Do?
Addiction makes people do all manner of things that are completely out of character in order to get their next high. These include:
- Committing crimes
- Practicing unsafe sex or performing sexual favors
- Stealing from friends or family
- Spending more and more time with people you would normally avoid
Doing things like this, because of drug or alcohol use, is a sure sign that you have an addiction that requires treatment in a rehabilitation program.
Is your Addiction Putting your Life in Danger?
The most obvious way that an addiction can endanger your life is overdose, but that is not the only life-threatening circumstance. Some others are:
- Drugged or drunk driving
- Participating in violent crime
- Producing methamphetamine
- Owing money to armed and dangerous drug dealers
All of these situations place your life in danger, and show that you have an addiction that requires intervention.
Did you Answer Yes to Any of These Questions?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you have an addiction that requires professional treatment in a rehabilitation program. The next step for you is to find the rehab that best fits your individual needs.