How Do I Know I’m An Addict? - Recovery Unplugged

How Do I Know
I’m An Addict?

If you’re asking yourself or anyone else if you’re an addict, you probably need at least some level of help for your alcohol or drug abuse. As clear as the signs of addiction can be to the people around you, like your family, friends, colleagues and others, you may still be telling yourself that you’re drinking or drug use is no big deal. After all, you’re only drinking or using as much as the people around you, right?

Little by little, the fights get bigger, the savings gets smaller, more meetings are missed, your health gets worse and you find yourself in relentless pursuit of your next fix. Eventually, you may find yourself in a jail cell or waking up from an overdose. Before it gets to that point, be real with yourself about whether or not you need help. Recovery Unplugged offers comprehensive treatment and support for people struggling with all levels of addiction.

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How You Feel:
Common Physical Signs of Addiction

Your body has a way of letting you know that your drinking and drug use has gotten out of control. One of the first physical signs of addiction is tolerance. This means taking more and more of a substance to get the same effects as you did when you first tried it. Eventually, your body becomes so dependent on alcohol or other drugs that it reacts harshly when it’s deprived. In addition to tolerance and withdrawal, common signs of addiction to drugs and alcohol include:

  • Bloodshot Eyes
  • Bad Breath
  • Shakes or Tremors
  • Frequent Bloody Noses
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Extreme Weight Changes

If you’re experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis and still can’t help yourself or drinking and using, it’s time for you to get help.

What You Do:
Behavioral Signs of Addiction

Addiction can be identified through clear and obvious behavioral changes, like:

  • Taking a prescription drug after it’s no longer needed for a health problem
  • Inability to stop using drugs or drinking, even if you want to
  • Lying, stealing and manipulation in order to be able to use
  • Aggression and indignation when confronted about drinking or drug use
  • Spending a lot of your time thinking about the drug: how to get more, when you’ll take it, how good you feel, or how bad you feel afterward.
  • Inability to set limits for yourself
  • Loss of interest in the things you once enjoyed
  • Decline in professional or academic performance
  • Legal and family issues
  • Inability to do normal things like cook, clean and keep a schedule
  • Mixing alcohol and other drugs
  • Doctor shopping
  • High-risk behavior, like drunk driving and other illegal activity

The longer your addiction goes unaddressed, the more it will impact your life and the harder it may be to find your way back to recovery and the life you deserve.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has developed a comprehensive array of resources, questionnaires and assessments to help you determine if you or your loved one have an addiction problem. Still, you probably don’t need a list of questions to understand the signs of addiction. Recovery Unplugged is ready to help you reclaim your life from alcohol and drug dependency.

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Recovery Unplugged is ready to help you!

You rarely have the luxury of waiting to seek treatment. If a traumatic or near-fatal event has forced you to realize that you have a problem, Recovery Unplugged today to start treatment tomorrow. Our admissions specialists are standing by 24-7 to speak with you or your loved one, conduct a full insurance verification and arrange transport to one of our treatment centers. You’ve taken the critical first step of recognizing the signs of addiction and admitting to yourself that you need help. We’re ready to help you make the journey back to recovery and a better quality of life.


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