Is My Addiction Bad Enough? 5 Signs That You Need to Go to Rehab
“Do I need rehab?”
“Is my addiction bad enough yet?”
“What do you do in rehab to get better?”
If you’re asking these questions, you’ll be glad you found this article. The first step to getting help for addiction is to do some honest self-reflection on your habits.
In this article, we’ll walk through five questions that will help you decide if your addiction is serious. If you answer yes to three or more of these, going to rehab for your addiction is probably a smart move.
1. “Is my body building up a tolerance?”
If you’re using heavier doses and/or abusing a substance more frequently, it’s probably because your body has built up a tolerance.
Many addictive substances stimulate neurotransmitters to create the desired effect on your nervous system. For example, Xanax cases the release of the GABA neurotransmitter to relax your nervous system.
However, in time, Xanax addicts find themselves taking 10, 20, 30 or more pills a day. They do this to get the same effect they used to get from taking less than ten pills a day.
2. “Am I suffering withdrawal when I try to cut back or quit?”
When you enter an addiction treatment center, you’ll most likely go through a detox period.
During this time, some recovering addicts require doctor supervision. That’s how serious addiction withdrawal symptoms can be.
Sweating, shaking, anxiety, body pains, headaches, nausea, depression-all of these are examples of withdrawal symptoms.
Are you experiencing these, or anything unusual, when you try to quit the substance, or when you take a break? If so, this is a sign that your addiction could be serious enough to require rehab.
3. “Are there consequences to my health, relationships and work life?”
Think about your health, your relationships, and your work performance. Are they worse since you started abusing the substance?
If you’re unsure about this, ask some of your friends and family members. Sometimes, it’s hard to see your own descent into addiction. But if it’s serious, you can bet someone is ready to tell you the truth.
4. “Is my addiction dominating my thoughts and activities?”
If your addiction is hurting your relationships, your career, or your happiness, this is probably why. Addicts typically spend a lot of time and energy trying to acquire the substance and/or to cover up their use of it.
5. “Is my addiction something I’ve tried to quit, with no success?”
The inability to quit is a clear sign of being out of control. Think about how many times you’ve said (to yourself, or someone else) “this is the last time.” How many times have you tried to cut back?
The good news is, if you answered yes to three or more of these questions, you’re not alone. Nearly 21 million Americans over the age of 12 have an admitted substance abuse problem.
Unfortunately, 95% of addicts who need specialty substance abuse treatment don’t get it and don’t’ think they need it. But, if you have the mindfulness to see your addiction for what it is, you’re already off to a good start.
“Should I Go to Rehab for My Addiction?”
Thankfully, there are more than 14,500 specialized substance abuse treatment programs in the United States.
Get in touch with us right now. Life is too precious to let addiction ruin another day of it.