How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

Insomnia is a strong indication of drug or alcohol withdrawal

Learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction can help you or a loved one get the treatment necessary to return to a healthy life. Addiction is a brain disease causing a person to continue drug-seeking behaviors in spite of negative consequences. Recovery from addiction requires time spent in rehab. Rehab can be done on an outpatient or inpatient basis depending on your individual needs and your insurance coverage. Your intake counselor will help you understand your insurance benefits for addiction treatment. After rehab, ongoing support is necessary to maintain sobriety and decrease your risk of relapse. Addiction recovery requires a life-long commitment to a one-day-at-a-time journey. The following list of addiction symptoms can help you or a loved one know if you are dealing with drug dependence:

Unable to Stop Taking the Drug

If you are using drugs or alcohol to cope with daily life and are unable to stop on your own, you are dealing with a substance abuse problem. If you have tried to stop and the cravings are simply too powerful for you to resist, it is time to get help.

Withdrawal Symptoms

One of the strongest indications that you are dealing with a drug or alcohol addiction is the appearance of withdrawal symptoms whenever the drug is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Severe mood swings
  • Frustration and anger
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to focus
  • Depression
  • Severe drug cravings

Preoccupation with Getting and Using

If you or a loved one cannot think of anything else but getting and using the substance of choice, you are most likely dealing with an addiction. The overwhelming desire to use is on your mind constantly, and even a change in activity or location cannot remove the strong cravings you have.

Needing the Drug to Feel and Function Normally

When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, she is unable to cope with even the simplest tasks without taking the substance of choice. An addict might need a drink first thing in the morning just to get going and then another one when she gets to work in order to think straight. She might have a consistent headache or the jitters when alcohol is withdrawn and feels that if she could just have one drink every thing would be OK.

Taking Unnecessary Risks

The person who is addicted to drugs will often take unnecessary risks when he is under the influence. Speeding while driving, being careless around machinery, taking safety risks when children or others are present, and feeling invincible to accidents are all signs he has a drug or alcohol problem.

Going Into Debt

When drugs and alcohol become more important than the financial well-being of friends and loved ones, an addiction may be present. Spending money on drugs instead of food and clothes for children, stealing money from family members and borrowing money regularly from friends that never gets paid back are signs of a serious problem.

Finding Help for Addiction

If you or a loved one exhibit even one of these symptoms, it is time to get help. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.