5 Signs You Should Kick A Drug Habit

teen drug addictIt isn’t always easy to recognize the signs that you have developed a dependence on drugs. After all, no one sets out to become a drug addict. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, denial and addiction often go hand in hand. Addicts may cling to denial as a coping mechanism to continue with their addictive behavior. If they deny they have a problem, or convince themselves that everyone else is doing what they’re doing, they have no reason to change their behavior. It’s a safety net of comfort because they are afraid of life without drugs or fear that they won’t be able to succeed in recovery.

While some functioning addicts are able to maintain their day-to-day lives with a drug addiction for a while, every addict has a breaking point. When addiction progresses, a point comes when daily functioning begins to suffer. As an addict gets deeper into their addiction, all aspects of life will be affected – relationships, finances, career and health.

Signs of a Drug Problem

It’s always best to seek help as early as possible. Generally, the earlier an addiction is treated, the more effective that treatment will be. That is not to say that longstanding addictions can’t be successfully treated; there is no addiction that is beyond the bounds of treatment. Anyone can effectively achieve sobriety and long-term recovery with the proper help and support.

The following are five telltale signs that you have a drug habit and should seek professional help from a drug treatment facility immediately:

  1. You are taking higher doses of the drug in order to get a “buzz”.
  2. You have strong cravings for the drug in between uses.
  3. You are taking time away from work or school in order to get high.
  4. You are spending money on drugs instead of shelter, food and other bills.
  5. You are choosing drugs over spending time with friends and family.

If you know these signs are present in your life, it’s time to get help. By this point, you are suffering from an addiction to drugs. Despite what you may think, the drugs control you and stopping your use is something that requires outside support.

When drug addicts attempt to quit on their own, they are rarely successful. This is not a matter of willpower and personal strength. Addiction literally changes the structure of your brain, making it incredibly challenging to stop using on your own. Instead, you need the help of a professional program that can guide and support you through the recovery process.

It’s important to choose a facility that has extensive experience in treating addiction, and specific experience in treating the particular addiction from which you suffer. Opt for an evidence-based treatment program that can offer you information on their therapies and success rates. You also want to choose a program in which you think you’ll feel comfortable. Depending on your addiction, you may need medication support throughout the detox process so the facility you should have medical staff on hand to intervene as needed.

A Sample of Treatment Programs Available:

  • Alcohol Rehab
  • Detox
  • Drug Rehab
  • Prescription Drug Detox
  • Prescription Rehab
  • Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
  • Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Group Therapy
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Individual Therapy
  • Inpatient Treatment
  • Intervention Support
  • Depression Treatment
  • Women’s Only Treatment

Find a Local Addiction Treatment Program

Once you realize that you have a problem with drug addiction, the next step is to reach out and get help. You don’t need to suffer for one more day when you can start getting control of your life again by simply calling our helpline at 1-888-575-9531 Who Answers? or filling out our online form. By doing so, you will be in contact with caring people who can help you find a facility offering the kinds of amenities that will make you feel comfortable and help you focus on getting well and achieving sobriety.

You don’t have to wait another day to change your life. If you notice these clear signs of addiction in your life, it’s time to kick the habit for good. Call us today.



Success Stories

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