Millions of people across the globe have problems with substance abuse, yet even more are in denial. For every open addict, there is an addict that has yet to confront their issues. Acceptance is the first and hardest road on the path to recovery. It is hard because no one wants to admit that they have gone down the wrong path. Not only is it embarrassing, but it is also a waste of your time and energy. However, without acceptance, you will struggle to gain control of your life. With that in mind, it is time to decide whether you have a problem. You might think that it isn’t easy to spot, but there are telltale signs. If you can relate to any of the below, you could have an addiction of some kind.
Withdrawal symptoms are the first sign that you have a problem. Withdrawal is not a hangover or the feeling of nausea after a heavy night of partying. Withdrawals are much stronger and have a much longer impact on the body. Also, they make you want to use again and again until you satiate the feeling, and it goes away. Even if you have never experienced withdrawals, you will know what they are when they occur. It is like going cold turkey, which is a very unpleasant experience. Most of the time, the symptoms are physical. However, they can manifest themselves in a mental capacity.
It is quite common for all types of people to overindulge in a certain environment. For example, the most clean cut person can have too much to drink or dabble in drugs at a party. But, they don’t use outside of the environment. People that use in a constant setting are people that can’t get enough, even if the mood isn’t right. It means that their body needs the substance to function. And, their addiction is the reason they use for personal gain and not just to heighten the experience. It is also important to remember that frequent usage at parties and events could be a sign. Those of you that party on a constant basis could be building up their addiction without realizing. What’s worse is that the party atmosphere is masking the reality.
Use More For The Same Effect
Most people don’t tally up how many drugs they have taken over the course of a week. Still, most people know the extent to their usage even if it is just a rough estimate. Your rough estimate could hold the key to your addiction. If you are using more substances than before for the same high, your body is building a tolerance. A bigger tolerance is a sign that you are using too much because your body is used to the drugs. After a while of non-usage, the tolerance will dissipate. In your case, that isn’t happening because you are using on a constant basis. Details from the Alcohol Recovery Centre site show that this is a sure-fire sign of addiction. The next time, monitor how much you use and reference that against the first time you dabbled. And, be truthful. It is a cliché, but the only person you are lying to is yourself, and that is a problem for your health.
Underlying Health Problems
Talking about your health, how do you feel? Addicts are not healthy people because the substances they take are dangerous. Not only do they need them to function, but they also attack the healthy cells in the body. As a result, the smallest issue can escalate out of control. A cold, for example, can make you feel as if you have the plague. The reason for that is that drugs break down your immune system. What is a minor ailment to most people is a big deal to others. It is also easy to see in your complexion as the drugs have a major effect on the skin. For starters, it starts to sag and wrinkle. Unless you are advancing in years, that shouldn’t happen. And, you also experience jaundice. Jaundice is a condition that occurs when the kidneys don’t work effectively, and they deal with substance issues. A yellow tint to your skin could mean that your kidneys are failing.
Do You Hide It From Your Friends?
Even if you deny it, you will hide your addiction from your family and friends. The reason for that is that you know you have a problem. You might not want to admit it out loud, but you can’t hide it from your subconscious. No one that has something to hide does it because they think they are right. That is the entire point of having something to hide. If you feel like you can’t tell your closest friends that you like to indulge, it is because you are ashamed. And, you are ashamed because you know that it is wrong. Try and confide in someone the next time you have a conversation. If you can’t, you need to consider going to rehab.
Your Friends Are Worried
One or two people that say you have an issue aren’t a big deal. But, a handful of people is a sign that you are going too far. It is okay to dismiss an individual because it is only an individual. Even if you are an addict, one person isn’t enough evidence to make you question your lifestyle. More than five is a problem, however. It means that at least five people that care about you believe that you have a problem with substance abuse. If that is the case, it is worth sitting down and listening to their reasoning. They wouldn’t say it to you unless they thought it was a problem, which is why they want to confide in you. There is no doubt that you will take it poorly, but you should reflect on it afterward.
The one person that needs rehab is the person that is always relapsing. All you have to do is be truthful, and you will know whether you relapse or not. A relapse is when you take a substance that you have promised to quit. If you have done that in the past, you might need professional help.