Signs of Addiction

When Is It Time To Get Help?

Addiction has a way of pulling a shade over every area of your life. You try to quit, but your best efforts can’t get you where you want to be. You’ve lost what used to be important to you. Through addiction-tinted lenses, everything starts to seem hopeless.

Others who care for you may have urged you to go for treatment. You might be considering it yourself. Still, making the decision to go to drug rehab is a very personal one that’s often fraught with agonizing what-ifs and maybe-I-don’t-really-need-it rationalizations.  Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

How do you know when it’s time to get help? Here are some signs of addiction that indicate treatment is the best way to bring the light back into your life.

Your Primary Focus in Life is Getting and Using Alcohol or Other Drugs

Think about your everyday life. If you spend a great deal of time thinking about the next time you’ll use alcohol or other drugs or scheming to get your drug of choice, these are signs that you are no longer in control.

The thing about drug addiction is that it doesn’t get better on its own. You may think you can handle it, cut down on your quantity or frequency, but you know better in your gut. All your good intentions fly right out the window at the first appearance of withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit.

Drug rehab at Journey Healing Center can help you make good on your decision to quit. We can help you rediscover your passions and find positive ways to manage life’s challenges without returning to the non-solutions of alcohol or other drugs.

You Don’t Like the Person You’ve Become

The longer and deeper you sink into drinking and drug use, the more likely you’ll wind up detesting the person you’ve become. Lying to keep your secret, telling half-truths, stealing, pulling away from family and friends – all of these can pile on feelings of shame and guilt, which ultimately lead you back to seeking refuge in drugs and alcohol.

You can climb out of that pit of self-hatred and learn how to live a life that’s free of alcohol and drugs. At Journey Healing Center, we can help you make this profound change. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

Family Life Deteriorates

Drug or alcohol abuse has another major consequence: your family life is bound to suffer. In some cases, the deterioration is dramatic. Often the family unit becomes so dysfunctional that the health and welfare of individual members is jeopardized.

When family relations are strained, when there’s constant arguing or important issues go unaddressed, this puts an incredible stress on the family unit. After a while, normal coping mechanisms fail to work. The person who abuses alcohol or drugs seeks escape from the stress by using more alcohol and drugs. Other family members take on dysfunctional roles to accommodate the addiction.

Drug rehab can help pull you back from the brink of family disaster and get you back on track to live a healthy and productive life in sobriety. At Journey Healing Center, we provide a weekly family program designed to improve communication and functioning in the family system.

Problems Arise on the Job

A common consequence of alcohol or drug abuse involves problems at work. When you show up late repeatedly, flub important assignments, forget about scheduled meetings or otherwise fall short at work, it eventually gets noticed. Even if you’re not fired, you could be demoted, lose a promotion you’ve been working for, get snubbed for plum assignments, or ostracized by other employees. You might think you’re good at concealing your substance abuse, and you may be, but eventually drug problems have a way of affecting every area of your life, including your job. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

The Journey Center can help stop the downward spiral and get you back on your way to becoming more productive.  Over the course of drug rehab treatment, you may even rediscover passions and interests you sacrificed to drugs and alcohol, and are now ready to pursue again.

Financial Problems Mount

Addiction has high costs, not the least of which is the financial burden. The heavy cost of the drugs themselves grows as addiction intensifies, and is compounded by loss of income and poor decision-making. You may be facing foreclosure or bankruptcy. You may have started selling off personal items, even stealing things to finance your alcohol or drug use.

Financial healing is just one of the benefits of drug rehab. Journey Healing Center can give you the chance to start over by rebuilding not only your finances but also your life.

Health Suffers

Chronic alcohol and drug use can have serious health consequences. Alcoholism can result in cirrhosis of the liver, heart problems, major organ damage and severe cognitive difficulties, just to name a few. Drug use can affect every system in the body and make it difficult for the body to regulate itself – heart rate increases, and blood pressure and body temperature can be dangerously high or low, for example. Abusing certain drugs can cause seizures, organ damage, heart failure and death. The longer you drink or use drugs, the more that you use, and the more frequently you use, the greater the likelihood that you will begin to experience one or more potentially serious medical conditions.

Younger persons who drink and abuse drugs, especially if they begin to experiment with alcohol and drugs younger than age 15, have brains that are still developing. Much damage can be done by such early drinking. And adolescent drinkers are at much greater risk of traffic injuries and death, violence, promiscuity and unprotected sex, and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Older persons who drink and/or use drugs are often afflicted with other diseases that require medication, are chronic, or cause them to have slowed reflexes. Mixing prescription drugs and alcohol, combined with the normal aging process, can have dangerous consequences.

Drug rehab can help put a stop to the physical damage caused by alcohol and drug use. At Journey Healing Center, we carefully screen and identify medical conditions so that they can be addressed along with drug and alcohol use in treatment. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.

The Time for Change Is Now

Maybe you recognize yourself or a loved one in some of the above scenarios. You needn’t have all of the signs of addiction to know that you need help. This first step is a big one: reaching out for help.

Your family, friends, co-workers and others will notice the change. But most of all, you will be the person you’ve decided you will be. No longer will you be defined by your addiction. You will live your life in the present, working your recovery each day. Remember, it’s never too late to change your course. Rehab can show you how. Put your heart and soul into it and take this all-important step. Make the call to Journey Healing Center and begin the first days of the rest of your sober life. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.