It’s difficult to admit that you might have an addiction. Maybe you’re thinking you haven’t hit rock bottom yet, so the problem isn’t bad enough that you need addiction therapy. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2016, 21 million people over age 12 needed treatment for substance abuse, but only 3.8 million received it. Many people don’t think they need addiction treatment. The truth is, if drugs or alcohol impact your life in a negative way, it’s time to think about getting help. Don’t wait any longer. Here are six signs that it’s time for you to look into addiction therapy…
Your life feels unmanageable and out of control
Do you suffer from hangovers, withdrawals, and always have the next drink or hit on the brain? Addiction takes a lot of your time and can be exhausting. If you feel like you can’t manage life anymore while showing uncontrollable behavior, it might be time for a substance-abuse program. Addiction is treatable and these programs will help get your life back.
Drugs/alcohol are affecting your relationships
Relationships tend to suffer when someone has a substance-abuse problem. When addiction is the center of your world, the people you care about the most become less important. Your desires shift toward drugs and alcohol instead of maintaining your relationships.
You feel alone
Isolation and loneliness go hand in hand with addiction. You might feel that you can’t talk to anyone about your struggles and feel disconnected. Perceiving that no one cares about you can leave feelings of abandonment. All these emotions can add to the ever-cycling process of addiction.
Legal issues caused by drugs/alcohol
Addiction can lead to arrests and violations of all kinds. Examples include driving under the influence, drunk in public, violence, and possession. Perhaps you’re already on probation or parole. Is your addiction worth going to jail for?
Work/school is affected
Maybe you started out with minor offenses like being late, missing school/work, and late assignments. But over time these offenses grew more and more serious. If you lost your job or got kicked out of school—or are afraid of losing either—start a self-evaluation. Getting the right addiction treatment now will help avoid losing anything else.
You want more out of life
Drug and alcohol abuse can sap your interest in friends, family, beloved hobbies, and overall enjoyment. You may have stopped exploring the world and trying new experiences. Maybe your creativity isn’t flourishing like it used to. If you find yourself unmotivated and holding no interest in anything, an addiction-treatment program will help.
Making the commitment to starting addiction therapy is the first step on the path toward a healthy life. Addiction treatment will help you stop using drugs, maintain sobriety, and increase productivity in all parts of your life. But what options does addiction therapy provide?
Types of treatment for drug addiction include:
- Behavioral counseling
- Medical devices and practices to treat withdrawal symptoms
Addiction recovery is a lifelong process. Fortunately, addiction therapy offers a wide range of care options tailored to your specific needs. Remember, making the decision to start addiction treatment is an important part of taking the reins back on your life.
If you have any questions about addiction therapy and whether it’s right for you, please contact us. We’re ready to help.
Erica Franco Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
Founder and CEO
Center for Healing
Erica is a licensed therapist with over twenty-years experience in mental health. Erica offers practical and straight forward advice to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having deep insight and understanding of addiction, Erica is able to offer guidance to those looking to regain control of their lives.