Sadly, many people do not receive treatment until their addiction has taken a serious toll on their bodies, minds, and relationships. Delays in seeking treatment often make for longer recovery times and higher likelihoods of relapse. A comprehensive knowledge of how addictions develop can help you determine whether your drug or alcohol use is affecting your quality of life—and whether it’s time for rehab.
Is It Time For Rehab?
There are a number of telltale physical signs that can warn you that your drug or alcohol dependency has reached a dangerous level. Some of the most serious indications that it’s time for rehab are:
- Health problems: Has your doctor warned you that your health may be in danger if you don’t detox and continue abusing substances? Addictions can cause serious brain, heart, and liver defects. If your drug or alcohol dependency is beginning to negatively affect your health, then it is time to seek professional help.
- Withdrawal: If you experience typical withdrawal symptoms—such as headaches, nausea, paranoia, or irritability—any time that you abstain from drugs or alcohol, then your addiction is negatively affecting your life.
- Self-harm: Many people with serious substance abuse issues also struggle with depression, thoughts of self-harm, or even suicide. If your addiction has caused you to think about harming yourself or others, then you need immediate help to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.
- Legal consequences: Have you been arrested for driving under the influence, public intoxication, or drug possession? Violation of the law is a clear sign that your addiction has gone too far.
- Loss of job: The side effects of addiction—such as stress, violent behavior, and —often damage your reputation at work or school. If losing your job or chance at an education seems like a real possibility,it is time to seek help..
Experiencing any of these warning signs should cause you concern. Many people ignore the early warning signs in order to avoid seeking help, but why tolerate anything less than the best possible life?
Are Your Relationships Strong?
Taking stock of your personal relationships with friends and family can also help determine whether you have a serious issue with drugs or alcohol. If your family has asked you to stop abusing or believe that it is time for rehab, then they probably have good reason to be concerned for your safety and welfare.
On the other hand, addictions often strain personal relationships to the point of breaking. If your habits have alienated your friends and family or destroyed connections with the people you love, you owe it to yourself and to them to seek help.
Do you frequently find yourself lying to loved ones about your drug or alcohol use? This behavior may indicate that your substance use is damaging and unhealthy. Difficulty admitting this may isolate you from friends and family further, making it even more challenging to seek help.
Can You Rehab On Your Own?
In the end, the best test of whether or not you need professional help is whether you are able to quit by yourself. Many people attempt to stop drinking or using drugs, and then find that they simply cannot do so for any significant length of time. And sometimes, self-administered rehab can lead to serious consequences. This is a sign that you have developed a dependency that will need professional intervention.
You don’t need to put up with hangovers and withdrawals, constant anxiety, poor health, and broken relationships forever. In fact, recovery could be more attainable than you think. The experienced treatment professionals at CARUS Recovery are here to answer all your questions about drug and alcohol addiction and help you determine whether it’s time for rehab. Call 877-225-7724 or make an appointment for a confidential discussion with one of our therapists.