Substance abuse and addiction issues can be a devastating experience for the individual as well as his or her family. Sadly the majority of addicts will not see that they have a problem until they hit rock bottom or run into some kind of trouble with the law or hurt loved ones in some way.
How do you tell when your addiction is taking over your life? If you find yourself saying one of the statements listed below it is probably time to ask for help.
- I have the ability to stop using whenever I want to. It is possible that you could stop, however, you won’t try because you won’t want to.
- My addiction is personal and doesn’t have an effect on anyone around me. Substance abuse affects everyone around the person and the partners are lied to and turned away when they offer their help.
- I only ever use on the weekend, I don’t drink hard liquor – only beer and wine and I never do anything in front of my kids. It’s not really dependant on how often you are using, but more if your drug abuse starts to affect your work and home life, then it is time to get some help.
- I never miss any work, so it’s ok. People who have addiction problems are often very intelligent and usually excel at work.
- I am under so much stress at the moment; once everything calms down I will stop using. You will always find excuses as to why you should use drugs, many people will say “on the 30th I will quit”, this never happens they will just find more excuses.
- It was prescribed by my doctor so it must be ok. Some addicts will go see a few doctors so that they can get more medication.
- Life without drugs and alcohol is boring. Some addicts think this, but that is not the case at all, your life is what you make of it.
- Drugs contribute to my creativity and talent. This is not true; if anything it makes them focus less on their talent. It does not enhance it.
- Just because some people are addicted to the substance I take doesn’t mean that I will too, I am different I can stop at any time.
- Most normal people are using drugs or alcohol, this is not true at all; many people live happy lives without becoming addicts.