Addiction is a disease that can wreak havoc on your life. Luckily, there are resources available to help you become sober and battle your compulsion to use drugs or alcohol. The hardest step in the road to recovery is recognizing that your drug or alcohol use has become a problem. If the following signs are present in your life, it is in your best interest to seek the assistance of an addiction rehab center.
You are Constantly Relapsing
There is a fine line between a person who uses substances to excess and one who is truly an addict. In some cases, a person may get to the point where they no longer want to use drugs and alcohol, and they are able to cease using without major physical or psychological issues. But for someone who has an addiction, it is not enough to just say that you are done with drugs and alcohol. Since addiction is a disease, you need a comprehensive treatment program that will help you become, and stay, sober for the long term. If you have tried quitting drugs or alcohol on your own, but find yourself relapsing despite your best intentions, the next step is usually rehab.
Experiencing Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Addiction is very complex, and depending on what you are using, it often has a hold over both your mind and physical body. The longer you use drugs or alcohol, the more your body will rely on it to feel normal. If you try to quit alcohol or drugs cold turkey, you may find that you experience very unpleasant withdrawal effects, such as vomiting, stomach cramps, tremors, loss of appetite, and headaches. Withdrawals are not something to deal with on your own- in fact, withdrawals from heavy alcohol abuse can actually kill you. If you experience withdrawal symptoms when you cease to use drugs or alcohol, contact a rehab center that has trained medical professionals who can help you through the withdrawal period and keep you safe while you body gets used to living without substances.
Life Is In a Downward Spiral
While there is a small percentage of addicts who are considered "functional," an addiction to drugs or alcohol typically leads to a person's life falling apart. You may think that your addiction is a personal problem, but it also affects your family, friends, and co-workers. If you find relationships with people who you have always been close to breaking down, are spending all of your money on drugs or alcohol instead of paying bills, or lose your job because you can no longer complete your job responsibilities, you are close to rock bottom. Rehab can put you on the road to recovery, and show you a new way to live without the burden of using drugs and alcohol.