Facing Addiction: When (and How) to Seek Help

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Do you know someone struggling with addiction?

Addiction is a dependency on a substance that becomes so sever, it begins to hinder the addicted party’s life.

People often try to hide their addiction, so you may not know what signs to look for. If you aren’t sure if you’re addicted to a substance, you should know the effects substance abuse has on your body and the things it can make you do.

Here are some common signs of addiction and how you can get on the path to sobriety.

Signs of Addiction

Physical signs of alcohol and drug addiction include bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, dramatic weight changes, illness, and withdrawal symptoms.

Some behavioral signs of addiction include a lack of interest in things that were once important, changes in sleeping patterns, dangerous behavior to obtain substances, aggressive behavior, keeping secrets, and telling lies.

If you or your loved one is ignoring friends, family, and work, seeking help is especially important. Substance abusers sometimes isolate themselves, and this can lead to feelings of loneliness that can only be remedied by further substance abuse.

If you notice these signs of addiction in yourself or a loved one, it’s time to get help.

How to Get Help

Whether you or your loved one is struggling with cocaine addiction, opioid addiction, or alcohol addiction, recovery is possible. From exploring recovery options to checking into a treatment center, here are some ways you can get help.

Make a Phone Call

An easy and convenient way to get help is over the phone. Addiction hotlines allow you to share your story and decide on next steps you can take toward recovery. Some can even connect you with resources available to you in your area.

These phone calls are confidential and can be made on behalf of another person. If you think a family member is struggling with addiction, you can call for them to see what you can do and how you can support your loved one.

Check Into a Recovery Center

Professionals in a recovery center can help you or your loved one through the difficulties of withdrawal. Once the detoxification process is complete, you or your loved one will have access to the counseling and support needed to stay sober.

You can visit here to get a sense of the treatment options and programs available in recovery centers.

Go to AA or NA Meetings

Recovering from addiction is more than just getting clean. You have to make a point to stay clean, too. Joining a community of people who are dedicated to staying sober can help you feel less alone and give you the support system you need to stay sober.

Getting Free From Addiction

Facing addiction is tough, but beating it can be done. Now that you know the signs of addiction and some steps you can take toward recovery, you have everything you need to choose sobriety.

Be sure to check back regularly for more health advice!