Drug Addiction Help Begins with Admittance
To admit to yourself that you need drug addiction help can be a huge challenge. Don’t wait to hit a low point in your life before you reach out. If you can answer honestly to the following questions, you may be ready to take the first step.
- Do I focus less on social or fun activities that I enjoy and more on drugs?
- Has my drug use made me miss my obligations?
- Does the idea of being without drugs or alcohol make me feel upset?
- Have I experienced black outs from extreme drug use?
- Do I have a preoccupation with a drug? Is most of my time spent obsessing about it?
- Do I experience withdrawal symptoms without drugs?
- Can I have fun without alcohol or drugs?
- Have I built up a tolerance for drugs?
- Does using drugs prevent me from doing exercise or eating healthily?
- Has using drugs affected my sexual interactions?
- Am I using drugs under unsafe conditions or taking risks while under the influence?
- And then finally ask yourself, am I happy to go on living like this?
Know the Consequences
If you live your life frequently under the influence of drugs and alcohol, you could very likely become depressed, anxious, and be cognitively impaired. Drugs and alcohol affect your brain chemistry after continual use, eventually your body may be harmed by the long-term effects of these substances. You may alienate or destroy relationships with your friends and family, run into trouble with the law, and you may damage your career opportunities.
The first challenge
To recognize that you have a drug addiction problem is one of the most difficult things you have to do in order for you to recover. To admit that you don’t have control can be very frightening and denial seems an easy way out. It may make you ashamed to admit that you have a problem but the truth however is quite the opposite, to seek help is a very courageous move. To admit to yourself that you have a problem makes it more difficult to go on living with it.
It is time for you to take the next step
If your drug use is creating problems in your life, it might be time to consider getting help. It’s important that you know help is available to you. With the correct treatment and support, you can counter the disrupting effects of drugs and regain control of your life again. If you’re prepared to change and are ready to seek aid, you can beat your addiction and build a balanced, healthy life for yourself. Don’t try to do this alone, support is essential. Recovering from drug addiction becomes much easier when you have people to encourage, comfort, and guide you. There is no indignity in reaching out and learning how to live your life without drugs. If you would like to speak to someone about your drug issues, or find out about the different possibilities for treatment, call our 24/7 helpline and talk to one of our counsellors.