Oftentimes, drug addiction or alcohol abuse begins with the experimental use of substances in social settings such as at a party with friends or at a family celebration. For some, this experimental or casual use, turns into the habitual use of the substance and eventually into a need to continue using the substance excessively despite negative consequences.
Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use the drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the drug
- Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
- Failed attempts to quit using the drug
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, please know that there is a way out. You do not need to continue this cycle of using, not wanting to use, and then using again anyway.
Let’s explore how and why your addiction took hold and why it continues to draw you in despite negative consequences. At the same time, we can discuss a variety of options to help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life without the use of substances.
There are many paths to recovery. Let’s find yours. Please reach out today to schedule an appointment.