Do I Need Rehab? 4 Signs It’s Time to Get Professional Help

Making a decision to ask for help is not always an easy one. People with addictions commonly mistake or understate just how bad their substance abuse has gotten, or make excuses as to why going to rehab would just make their lives worse. Others may view getting professional help as a sign of weakness.

If you have any sense that your drinking or drug use has gotten out of hand, you owe it to yourself to seek out help. In 2015, it was reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that less than 1% of the nearly 23 million individuals struggling with substance abuse in the United States actually received specialized care.

If you are questioning whether or not you need to seek professional help for your drug or alcohol use, read on to see if you relate to any of the common signs listed below.

  1. You Put Yourself in Dangerous or Risky Situations

Drug use is most common among people in their late teens to twenties, a time when people are already encouraged to ‘live your best life!’ or pressured to participate in daring activities.

But when you are using, many activities – both adventurous and general – can become dangerous. Common examples of this uninhibited behavior can include driving while intoxicated or high, or engaging in risky sexual behavior without using appropriate protection.

One of the most common effects of using several addiction substances is lowered inhibition. You may feel more willing, or otherwise just care less, about doing things that you would never go through with while sober.

  1. You’re Finding It Difficult to Engage in Basic Activities

As your drinking or drug use becomes more and more of a problem, it can take its toll on how well you’re able to function in your daily life.

This can be due to the effects of the drugs themselves, how they may be affecting your sleep and appetite, or symptoms you may be experiencing due to withdrawal.

People who abuse drugs and alcohol often experience difficulties with going to school or work – missing classes, acting out while intoxicated, or calling in sick too many days.

Even hanging out with your friends may become harder as your dependence on your substance of use increases.

  1. Your Family or Friends are Expressing Concern

The people you care about, and that care about you, will notice changes in you that may be occurring as a result of your substance use – even those changes you haven’t noticed yourself. People with an addiction tend to get defensive in these situations, and you may even find yourself isolating from these people in your life.

You may find yourself canceling plans with friends that have brought up their concern, or have stopped taking phone calls from family members who are checking in. Their expressions of worry may even seem irritating when, to you, their pointing out your substance habits just seems overly dramatic or going ‘a little too far’.

The trouble is, you may not always be able to recognize just how significantly your use of drugs or alcohol is affecting you, or your relationships.

  1. You’re Making Excuses

“Everybody’s doing it”

“I only use it for x reason”

“I can still do x, so you don’t have to worry”

“I’m fine

Sound familiar? People addicted to drugs or alcohol are notorious for the excuses they may provide in order to cover up their addictions, or as a means of making them appear less serious than they are.

You may be giving out these excuses in order to getting those concerned off your back, or to avoid rehab. When you’re using, what you’re telling them may even seem reasonable to you. Maybe they’re the ones who are being irrational here, not you, right.

But ask yourself this: who are you trying to convince with your excuses – them, or yourself?

It’s a sincere question, and on your own, it may be a difficult one to answer. As you find yourself making these excuses more often, and them becoming less convincing, realize that you owe it to yourself to let any trickle of doubt that you are doing “fine” be a pathway to asking for help.

You Deserve Help

If you are concerned about your substance use, or that of someone you care about, you do not have to face this alone. There are many different options you can take – including inpatient centers, full detox getaways or even outpatient groups can help rehab patients get the care and treatment they need. Research your options today and begin your road to recovery.

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