How Do I Know I Am a Drug Addict?

Defining a Drug Addict

Many times people struggling with addiction are simply in denial. Sadly, the fact is many people don’t or can’t recognize that they are addicted to drugs until they’re in too deep. Before a person can seek help through a drug rehab center, they must first realize that they are an addict and admit that they need help. If you think you may have a drug problem, it is important to ask yourself a few questions with abject honesty:

  • Have you ever taken drugs other than for medicinal reasons?
  • Do you take more than the prescribed amount of medications?
  • Have your loved ones complained about your drug use?
  • Do you experience blackouts or flashbacks as a result of drug use?
  • Have you lost a job due to using drugs?
  • Are you unable to get a job because of drugs in your system?
  • Have you broken the law to obtain drugs?
  • Do you feel sick when you don’t have drugs, or when you stop taking them for a while?

Time Frame Matters

There are some of these questions that may be answered yes as a one-time thing. For example, if you lost a job more than a decade ago due to drug use, it may not be pertinent. You need to look at your current situation (say, over the past year) and answer the questions honestly.

What’s Next?

If you find that the answer to more than one or two of these questions is a resounding “yes,” then it is time to admit you may have a drug problem and seek help. Knowing you struggle with addiction is frightening. Fortunately, there are many treatment options to help you get your addiction under control.

There are people who have faced addiction and lost, and those who tackle addiction and win, going on to live clean and sober lives. You can be one of the latter rather than the former with the right support.

If you’re seeking treatment for drug addiction, contact Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers today to find out how we can help. Our substance abuse counselors will determine the extent of your addiction and then strategize your treatment to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible!