It is extremely common for those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction to be in denial of the severity their condition has reached. Many are in complete disbelief that they even are addicts, for addiction could not happen to them, they don’t fit the stereotype. The reality of addiction is that it can destroy lives regardless of who you are or where you come from, and to kick this addiction from your life rehabilitation services are needed. If you’re considering whether or not to seek addiction treatment, you have likely experienced some very life shaking moments.
For further clarity on whether you or a loved one needs rehab, keep reading. If you have been in, or anticipate being in any of these situations, seek treatment today! Acknowledging the problem at hand does not mean you have failed, but rather that you are ready to start living a carefree life without the burden of drugs or alcohol weighing you down.
You’ve gotten into trouble with the law
Getting arrested, serving time in jail or prison, or even just receiving a warning from the cops is enough of a sign to recognize there is a significant problem at hand. Your life and freedom have likely been threatened by this legal trouble, and continuing to abuse drugs or alcohol will only further the likelihood of spending time behind bars. No matter the severity of the legal problem your future is going to be affected with this mark on your record, damaging personal relationships and future employment opportunities. However, these are not the only parts of your life that can be affected by a conviction. After facing a drug conviction, it becomes far more difficult to obtain a loan, rent a home, maintain custody of your children and more. Even if you haven’t gotten in trouble legally but have acted in ways that merit an arrest, such as stolen money from your friends or family to support your habits is a that is a significant red flag that help is in need. Continuously going against what is both morally and legally wrong is a telltale sign that you need to get sober.
You’ve put others in danger
Once your drug or alcohol problem is no longer not only affecting your life but changing the lives of others around you is when you need to step back and analyze the severity of your condition. Have you ever operated a vehicle while drunk or high? Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol not only puts yourself in danger but everyone else on the road and in your car. These innocent bystanders lives are put at risk because of an incredibly poor, and illegal decision you have chosen to make. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 people die in the United States every day from car accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, equating to one death every 50 minutes. Do not let yourself be a contribution to these statistics; if you have driven, or considered driving under the influence, there is help out there for you. However, driving after consuming drugs or alcohol is not the only way you can put your loved ones in danger. Aggression is a typical result of alcohol or drug consumption, increasing the likelihood of hurting someone, physically or mentally. Once relationships have been affected by aggression or violence, they are tough to rebuild.
Substance abuse is your sole priority
Do you go to bed every night, or wake up in the mornings with the thought of when you will next be able to use drugs or alcohol? This is a sign that your addiction has consumed your entire mind and body. Before thinking about work, school, eating breakfast or taking care of your kids you have been consumed by your drug abuse. If you are a parent or have a spouse, perhaps your kids or partner have fallen off your radar. Don’t let these relationships suffer from the choices you are making. If your efforts throughout the day are dedicated to supplying yourself with drugs or alcohol you are facing addiction. If the only reason you are going to work is to fund your habits, and that's where all or the vast majority of your earnings are going then your substance abuse is your primary focus. There is so much more to life than the ongoing spiral of drugs and alcohol, which will become evident through entering rehabilitation.
Your friends and family have expressed concern
Have you been approached by your loved ones with worry, disapproval, or fear for where your addiction has led you? Your friends and family know you better than anyone else, and their concern is incredibly important to take into consideration. These individuals love you and want to see you live your most prosperous life possible, and letting people you care about down is an undeniably awful feeling. If you are in denial of the problem at hand, the concern of others should be very eye-opening to your state. Perhaps they have staged an intervention, or mentioned a change in your behavior since your usage has escalated. Possibly your kids have noticed your absence and brought it up to you. Regardless of how it was approached these people are worried about you and want to see you living a clean and sober life, which can be achieved through rehab.
You’ve lost family and friends because of your addiction
What’s even more heartbreaking than the realization that your loved ones are worried about you is actually losing these people due to your spiraling addiction. Addiction and the behaviors and manipulation that often accompany addiction can cause extreme stress for spouses, children, and friends of the abuser. This often leads to strained, distanced relationships with the people you love. These relationships don't have to be lost, by entering rehab you are taking a massive step toward the possibility of rebuilding these connections. You may have found through losing these meaningful friendships you are now solely surrounded by other drug or alcohol abusers. Spending all of your time with other addicts is an indication that you are in a position where rehab would be immensely beneficial.
You are unable to hold a job
Have you found that since you have begun abusing drugs or alcohol that your performance at work has slipped, resulting in being fired from your job or strictly scolded for your actions? Inability to withhold a job is a common symptom of addiction, due to the amount of time spent using and craving their preferred substance. Drug abuse can negatively contribute to performance at work in numerous ways, including impairing your judgment, increased absenteeism or tardiness, borrowing money that is not yours to acquire, acting erratically, or receiving complaints from co-workers or customers on your performance. Your job may even utilize drug test kits that could show your substance abuse. A combination of these factors highly increases the likelihood of being let go from your job. Recognize the differentiation in your work abilities, and seek treatment before you’re fired. If you are worried about entering rehab because of the chance that you might lose your job, stress no more, for there are laws in place to protect this from happening. Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offer protection for you to take leave for medical reasons (rehab) for up to 12 weeks of unpaid time without the possibility of getting fired. Making the decision will increase the likelihood of keeping your job because of the significant improvements you will be making within yourself, rather than losing it.
Your addiction is affecting your physical or mental health
It is no secret that consuming excessive amounts of anything is not good for your health, and it is especially harmful to be taking in mass amounts of drugs or alcohol. With regular use of drugs or alcohol, your body develops both a dependency on and an increased tolerance to these substances. With a dependence on a substance comes withdrawal symptoms when you are not using. Withdrawal can affect one physically as well as mentally, with symptoms including panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, headaches, sweating, nausea, and shaky hands. After abusing substances regularly your body builds up a resilience, and demands more of the substance be consumed to feel the same effects. This is concerning for your health because the higher your tolerance is, and the higher amount your ingesting elevate the likelihood of overdose. Overdosing is the worst situation that could happen to an addict, for in many cases an overdose results in death. Don’t let yourself be a victim of a drug or alcohol overdose, seek help today to restore your mental and physical well-being.
Your addiction is affecting your finances
If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, the significant financial toll of continually buying drugs or alcohol has likely become apparent. For those that indulge in drinking, buying the least expensive beer you can find, a roughly five dollar 6-pack on a daily basis will equate to spending nearly one thousand dollars in six months on drinking. This is the smallest amount an addict would likely be paying to support their addiction. Those who abuse drugs have a much more significant financial burden weighing on them, for the cost of supporting a cocaine or heroin addiction is enormous. Seeking treatment and cutting substance abuse from your life will ultimately save you thousands upon thousands of dollars that could be invested elsewhere. Is there a place you've always wanted to see, a car you’ve always dreamed of driving or a trip you want to take your kids on? Investing in recovery, rather than continuing to invest in your toxic lifestyle will give you this opportunity and more.
You’ve tried to quit on your own but cannot
If you’ve been struggling with substance abuse for a while, you have likely made at least one attempt on your own to stop using. If you’ve attempted this, and reigned unsuccessful treatment is your best option. Addiction is a disease, and like any disease, it is tough to fight on your own. Not only is it difficult to stop using on your own, but it is potentially dangerous. According to the National Library of Medicine, withdrawal from alcohol can cause your body to experience delirium tremens, which are sudden and severe changes in your mental or nervous system. Delirium tremens require hospitalization and can be potentially deadly. The majority of withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable, and it is easy to give into the pain and relapse when you are not being supervised. Detoxing your body from harmful substances is best done in a treatment center where you can receive proper treatment and have your well-being monitored. In a rehabilitation center, you will be surrounded by encouragement and support from dedicated individuals who want to ensure your success and a future without relapse.
Finding the perfect rehab center for you
If you or someone you love have found themselves in one, multiple, or all of these situations it is without a doubt time to enter a drug and alcohol recovery program. Continuing these dangerous behaviors will result in unwanted consequences leading to potentially life-threatening, irreversible damage. Take the necessary actions for self-improvement before you find yourself stuck further down this spiral! The first step in entering treatment is finding the perfect rehab center for your needs, and you may be wondering where to begin. Options to consider are outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, long-term care, and many other unique programs. At Landmark Recovery, we offer 30-45 day residential treatment programs catered explicitly toward individual diagnoses and goals for themselves. Programs include services that provide detox, residential and inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. Landmark is a premium rehabilitation center with individualized services such as art therapy, neurofeedback, family therapy and smart recovery. Landmark prepares all our guests with the knowledge they need to live a successful sober life post-discharge. There’s no better time than now to address your addiction and start living the life you dreamed.