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How Do I Know If I Need to Go To a Drug Treatment Facility?

When someone has a drug or alcohol addiction, it can be hard to take a step back and look at our own situation in an objective way. If you think that you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol or have been confronted by members of your family or friends to get you to seek treatment, you should consider the signs we have listed below that apply to addiction. If any of these do apply to you, it is within your best interest to check into a drug rehabilitation program as soon as possible.

Withdrawal Symptoms

If you experience any type of withdrawal symptoms once you’ve stopped taking drugs or consuming alcohol, you should get medical treatment right away. Withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous and vary greatly with different substances. You may feel some or all of the following when you are in withdrawal: nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, headaches, shaking/tremors, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, depression, diarrhea, and even an increased heart rate. In severe cases, withdrawal symptoms may also include seizures, heart failure, respiratory depression, coma, or even death. If you have an addiction to opiate painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin, you should never attempt to withdraw suddenly since these symptoms can be very severe. It is so important for the detox process to be medically supervised.

Declining Health

If you are beginning to experience more and more health problems since the time you started using drugs, it is time to take a hard look at your addiction. Many types of drugs and also alcohol are prone to causing damage to the liver, heart & brain, skin & dental issues, memory loss, cancer and more. You may also begin to experience problems with your sexual performance as well as psychological problems that may include psychosis or schizophrenia, among others. If you have been told that you must stop taking drugs or consuming alcohol to save your life or for the sake of your health, you do need to go to a drug treatment facility – without a doubt.

Job Loss, Poor Relationships, Financial Problems

If you’ve lost your job or your relationship because you are using drugs, this is a sure sign that you need to seek treatment. Abusing drugs or alcohol puts a serious strain on your personal relationships and often causes family and friends to remove you from their lives altogether. Additionally, abusing drugs and alcohol often means staying up late and nasty hangovers which have been know to make people late for work or miss work altogether. These types of behaviors can lead to being fired. Also, if you decide to use drugs or alcohol on the job, your quality of your work will get worse and worse. Eventually your employer will notice which could also lead to job loss. Continually using drugs and alcohol will cost a lot of money, and for many addicts, this means financial problems are on the horizon if not happening already.

If you have quit on your own many times but find that you keep going back to using, this signals you need help kicking the habit. Don’t wait any longer if you are experiencing any of these issues because of your drug or alcohol use; the sooner you seek treatment, the better – for you and everyone in your life.

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Our articles are written by individuals who have seen addiction up close. They may have watched addiction take a toll on someone they loved or had their own battles with substances, and they write for us to spare others some of that pain and confusion. If you find these writings useful and would like to speak to someone who gets addiction, call us at (844) 826-1700.

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