Help With Drug Addiction
Drug addiction is something that affects people all over the world. No matter why you started using drugs, dealing with addiction is not easy. It is hard to put an end to it, but even harder to see all your loved ones leaving you, all your job opportunities fading away, and your entire life ruined.
Stopping your addiction is not something you can do by yourself, though, and more often than not, outside help is necessary. If you don’t get help soon enough, the addiction will either get worse, or it will end up having devastating, irreversible effects on the addict’s body.
Signs of Addiction
A person who is addicted to drugs is unable to stop abusing the substance. They are aware of the effect it has on them, yet their body craves the one thing that is destroying them. Drug addiction is serious and the road to sobriety is a difficult one.
Some people are addicted to heroin, others to cocaine, and others to prescription drugs. Whichever it is, the condition can escalate from mild to severe, or the individual may start cycling between mild and severe consumption before things get way too bad.
For some individuals, the addiction starts when they have to take certain medications. Other people might hang out with different persons who tempt them to start using a certain substance. An addict doesn’t have control over the addiction, and they are unable to stop. If they stop, they deal with bad withdrawal symptoms that make them jump straight back into it.
What makes addiction even worse is the fact that the addict will end up losing important things in life like their job, their friends, relationships, and other things that once mattered to them.
They may refuse any help and think that the world is against them. But if not treated on time, addiction can get even worse and will cause bankruptcy, health issues, and can even lead to death.
Some of the most common signs that someone is addicted are the following:
- Hiding drug use or denying it
- Loss of control
- Having no regard for the harm that drugs are causing
- Getting the drug and using the drug is the main priority of the individual
There are also some physical signs to look for, such as insomnia, slurred speech, small or enlarged pupils, bloodshot eyes, strange body odors, bad physical coordination, sudden weight gain or loss, and others.
Time To Get Help
When your addiction is strong, it’s hard to realize when help is necessary. Once you end up realizing that you cannot go on like this any longer, you need to make that first step towards treatment and recovery. It can be the hardest step, though.
If you don’t know how to tell it’s time to ask for help, here are some signs:
- You are causing harm to yourself and/or others because of your addiction. When you are using certain substances, you may end up accidentally falling and hitting your head or other body parts or getting injured in other ways. What’s more, you end up harming others, either by accident or intentionally. If this is happening to you, it is a sign that you need someone to help you stop.
- Stopping is impossible because withdrawal symptoms appear whenever you attempt to stop. Addiction makes you crave the substance you are addicted to, so even when you try to stop using it, your body is telling you to abuse it. It is especially obvious when you cannot go one day without using the drug. If you notice this, it is essential to get help.
- You end up losing your job, your loved ones, and even all your money. If you are younger, you may end up getting a DWI or DUI or you might get kicked out of school or college. When you are addicted and pushing everything and everyone away, it is important to seek help as soon as possible, before things progress even further.
- Everything you do is for your addiction. Your whole life revolves around addiction, and you have nothing else happening in your life apart from drug abuse. It is a huge red flag and a sign you need help.
How To Find The Best Help
Finding the best help may not be that easy, but if you know where to look, you will always be able to get it. In every area, there are specialists who can help you start a proper treatment to decrease your cravings and find better-coping mechanisms for your emotions.
There are physicians or meetings that allow you to talk to people who can support you and direct you towards rehab programs.
If you look for options in your area, you should be able to find someone who can help you change your life.
Treatment and Therapy for Addiction
Addiction treatment usually consists of multiple steps. One of the most important aspects is detox. This allows the addict to stay in a safe environment without access to the drug, and without being able to harm themselves in the event withdrawal symptoms get too bad. Along with detox, people may also have to take certain medications that will help improve their mood while reducing cravings.
Rational emotive behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are also used to help the person identify their triggers and work to obtain different coping mechanisms, as well as to help them identify their negative thoughts and combat them in a much better way.
How Real Deal Can Help
Real Deal offers a sober living program and intensive outpatient program where addicts in recovery can stay for a certain period. While living in one of the houses, the former addict will have the chance to meet people in a similar situation and support each other, but also to re-enter society and be able to take care of themselves. They will learn new skills that will help them become better people who do not need to abuse the substance anymore.
If you are ready to give up on the drug that is ruining your life, reach out to us right now! The sooner you do it, the better!