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Friday, March 6, 2020

Spotting the Signs of Addiction and Seeking Help

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For people who struggle with alcohol and substance use disorders, making the decision to seek treatment takes a lot of courage. Those who do so and adopt a program of recovery will say that it was the most important decision of their life.

Accepting that you have a condition that is beyond your power to control on your own is the pathway to surrender. Those who decide to seek help will set out on a journey toward serenity, which is a foreign feeling to people in the grips of their disease.

Drug or alcohol addiction affects every area of one’s life; the disease is unforgiving, and impacts marriage, parenting, employment, friendships, finances, and spirituality. When addiction is left untreated, the condition can lead to jails, institutions, and even be fatal. So, if you are in the grips of despair resulting from drug and alcohol use, then please reach out for help now.

It’s likely that you are currently dealing with some of the negative impacts listed above. Fortunately, you have the power to turn your life around if you are willing to accept professional help. Addiction treatment is a jumping-off point for leading a healthy and productive existence. What’s more, choosing recovery opens the door for having God back in your life.

Depending on how long you have been using drugs or alcohol, you may not be sure that you have a problem that requires professional guidance. While we cannot diagnose mental and behavioral health disorders via blogs, we can provide you with some questions that can help you move from the denial to the acceptance stage. Your answers could lead you to get an expert assessment that results in entering treatment.

Spotting the Signs of Addiction


There are several different criteria for determining if one is dealing with alcohol or substance use disorder. Experts utilize the symptoms criteria found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, often called the DSM-5, for determining if a patient has a use disorder.

Clinicians will diagnose people with a mild substance use disorder if they have two or three symptoms. Those with four or five symptoms would be classified as having a moderate substance use disorder. An indication of a severe substance use disorder is having six or more symptoms.
  1. Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than you're meant to.
  2. Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to.
  3. Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance.
  4. Cravings and urges to use the substance.
  5. Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use.
  6. Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships.
  7. Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use.
  8. Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger.
  9. Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance.
  10. Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance).
  11. Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance.
It can also be helpful to consider if any of these questions ring true with you:

Is my home life unhappy because of my drinking or drug use? Does my drug and alcohol use affect my spouse and children? Am I prone to anger or violence when I’m drunk or high? Is sleeping a challenge for me? Does drug and alcohol use affect my ability to work? Am I always late for work because I’ve been drinking or doing drugs? Do I use drugs or alcohol when I’m alone? Are mind-altering substances a coping mechanism for dealing with depression or anxiety? Can I be social with others when I’m not using alcohol or drugs?

Again, the above should be food for thought for you, not a diagnosis. It is only meant to give you a better idea about your relationship with drugs and alcohol. If you relate with some of the above, then it’s strongly advised that you reach out for further guidance.

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We invite you to contact Celebrate Hope to speak with a compassionate, highly-trained admissions counselor. They can help you determine if you can benefit from addiction treatment and answer your questions about our programs.

Celebrate Hope is a faith-based addiction treatment program located in Southern California. Our skilled team of addiction professionals utilizes evidence-based therapies, along with the teachings of Jesus Christ to help people begin the journey of recovery. Please call us today at (866) 751-2028 to learn more.

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