Alcohol and drug addiction are not the easiest to stop. It is often associated with constant denial, as patients will not admit they need help. In most cases, believe they can stop on their own. The process of addiction treatment also contributes to the reluctance due to the stigma society creates on those who suffer.
However, if substance abuse has a negative impact on your mental, social, psychological, and physical health, it’s time to consider your options and come to terms with the fact that you might be addicted. Once you accept that you’re addicted and need help, your journey to recovery and maintaining sobriety begins. There are many ways to get sober and stay sober, and the addiction severity determines whether you need to rehab or not. Here are the most common reasons you need rehab.
Drug or Alcohol Have Become Your Priority
One of the main signs of addiction is when the substance becomes your main priority. It consumes your thoughts throughout the day, and you spend increasingly many hours, efforts, and resources to acquire and use the drug. As addiction progresses, you’re also likely to lose touch with old non-addicted friends and connect with addicted ones. You also lose interest in your job, hobbies, family moments, and eventually, your world starts revolving around buying and using drugs and alcohol.
If you notice you can’t’ stop thinking or worrying about where to get your next dose, you should seriously consider an addiction treatment plan from a certified facility like The Palm Beach Institute. Addiction can quickly get out of hand because it’s a progressive disease. Like all chronic illnesses, the faster you seek treatment, the greater the chances of getting a full recovery faster.
You Have a Mental Illness
Prolonged use of substances leads to mental health illnesses. Drugs mainly affect the brain and modify the way you think, behave and feel. They end up controlling every aspect of your life and further worsen your mental health symptoms. Mental health conditions such as anxiety when you realize you are unable to control your addiction, Depression due to keeping to yourself, and psychosis where you think, hear and see things that are not real all get worse with time which makes you even dangerous to your own self and those around you.
Addiction is Negatively Affecting Your Health
Depending on what you’re abusing, your addiction may lead to other health concerns. For instance, alcohol, in particular, is linked to long-term liver problems and cancer. Other substances take a toll on your mental and physical health. You may notice that your memory is slowly going down; you have difficulty concentrating and may appear confused. The changes in your behavior and how you think may also affect your health, especially if you avoid everyday tasks like grooming, eating well, exercising, and house chores. These could manifest in Depression, anxiety, and increased agitation.
Your Family and Friends are Worried About You
If your addiction affects almost every aspect of your life, including your relationships with family and friends, it’s time to seek addiction treatment. Addiction creates an illusion that your world is perfect and that it takes all your problems while, in the real sense, you’re creating more friction with your family. If you don’t eat well, comb or oil your hair, keep to yourself, and always appear aggressive and defensive, your family may worry about you.
They may try to initiate talks about your behavior and probably recommend visiting a rehab. The last thing you want is to disappoint them. So, if your friends and family are already approaching you with addiction concerns, then it’s time to listen and plan a visit to The Palm Beach Institute or any other addiction recovery center.
You Have Tried Unsuccessfully To Quit on Your Own
Addiction is chronic. Every time you say “I will stop tomorrow” and continue abusing substances, it becomes harder to stop. That’s why the treatment is marked by periods of relapse and recovery. Recovery requires high levels of discipline and trigger prevention to successfully quit and maintain sobriety. Even if you have only tried to quit once, you still need addiction treatment. Your physician will determine which treatment plan best fits you depending on your level of addiction.