How do you know when you or a loved one needs treatment?
How do you know when you or a loved one needs a substance abuse assessment? Coming to the reality that you or someone you love may have a substance abuse problem is a difficult process for many people. There is still much stigma surrounding substance abuse disorders. Despite significant advances in the addiction treatment field and in our understanding of the brain, many people still view addiction as a “moral weakness”. Many people think that individuals with a substance abuse problem should “just be able to stop”. However, for someone who has a substance abuse problem, more often than not, this is simply not the case. This archaic view of addiction deters many who may benefit from treatment from seeking treatment.
Here are some things to be aware when evaluating if you or someone you love may have a substance abuse problem.
- A person is preoccupied with the use of their substance. For some people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol, their entire day can revolve around securing their substance of choice.
- A person is using alone or a person sets rules surrounding their drug use and fails to follows these rules. For example, I will only drink on the weekends or I will only drink after 6:00 pm.
- A person’s life has been impacted by their substance misuse in their personal, occupational, social or other significant life area.
- A person has experienced legal or other problems associated with their substance misuse.
Remember, addiction is a disease. You should not be embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. Actually, seeking help and acknowledging that a problem with drugs or alcohol may exist, is the first step on your road to recovery.