How to accept your addiction and seek the help you need.
Suffering from alcohol or drug dependency affects every aspect of your social and professional life, as well as impacts your personal and financial situation.
It is important to remember that addiction is an illness, and it is not your fault.
It is vital that you seek the help you need and deserve.
We understand how hard it is to deal with addiction, or know where to start when looking for treatment options, so we have listed a few tips to help you come to terms with your addiction and regain control of your life.
How to realise your addiction:
1. There is no joy or thrill anymore
You used to enjoy alcohol or drugs as a social or celebratory event, but now it feels more of a neccessity rather than an occasional treat.
If you find that you are drinking or taking drugs when alone, or during the day without cause, then you may be struggling with addiction.
Some people don’t drink at all because of the risk of addiction or of losing the thrill. Read more.
2. You research signs of dependency or addiction
Many people struggling with a level of addiction find themselves googling things like ‘Am I an addict?’ out of curiosity, or to persuade themselves that their addiction isn’t serious.
If you are becoming dependent on substances, then it is important to seek help, no matter what your situation.
3. You realise the future you want is not possible while dependent on alcohol or drugs
If your current usage is going to stop you from progressing in your job, or from achieving your long tem goals, then it might be time to seek professional medical help by atending a residential rehab. See more.
4. You make excuses
There is a lot of stigma surrounding alcohol and drugs, which makes most people feel ashamed or in denial about their illness.
You may find yourself persuading yourself you do not have a problem, or making excuses for using. This is a very big sign that you could be suffering from addiction.
5. You think about quitting but you can’t
Those struggling with alcohol or drug dependency may have tried quitting and failed, which can result in them accepting that sobriety is not within their reach; that they are okay as they are; or that their problem is not bad enough to go to rehab.
However, it is so important to seek the help you need. Rehabs will treat the person, not the disease, so every case matters and there is so much support out there for you.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, then it is important to get them the help they need.
As well as rehab clinics, there are also support groups and charities that can help: