Am I an addict? Am I an alcoholic? This can be a hard question to ask yourself. This question can be even more difficult to answer. However, coming to terms with your honest answer can be one of the most freeing feelings. As substance abuse and addiction progress, it can quickly turn into an uncontrollable driving force in your life. The moment you feel out of control is the moment you should start looking for your answers.Those struggling with addiction can feel hopeless and lost. You can start by asking yourself a few questions:
- Has your substance use ever negatively affected your relationships in your life?
- Have you lied to your friends, family, or a doctor to get drugs or alcohol?
- Do you feel out of control with your substance use?
- Is using drugs or alcohol taking priority over important things you used to do?
It is imperative that you answer questions like these honestly. It is the first step to recovery. There are signs of struggling with addiction to look out for. Behavior and interactions begin to change. An addict can start to pull out of being a part of the family unit. They may not participate in things they used to love to do. They may start slacking on their responsibilities as a family member or employee or student. Their behavior may become erratic. An addict may seem to be agitated or irritable for no reason. You may notice a lack of motivation to do much of anything or diminishing personal hygiene. Financial issues are sometimes a red flag, as well. With addiction, you will notice differences in your loved one or yourself.
Are you an addict or alcoholic? If the answer is yes, you are in the right place. Now, it’s time to do something about it. There is help. You are never a lost cause. There are recovery specialists available to help you make that first step. They are there to help you find the help you need.
The first place you may need to go is detox. Detox is the first week or so after your last dose or drink. This can be uncomfortable because of withdrawal symptoms. Some detoxes use medications to help ease these symptoms. For example, experiencing heroin withdrawal is very uncomfortable. Medications like Methadone or Suboxone can be administered and monitored. These medications help with symptoms like muscle cramps, cravings, nausea, anxiety, or insomnia. Withdrawal can be scary, but with the help available that fear does not have to be a reason to keep using.
After detox, an inpatient program is highly recommended. There are residential programs available. These programs last for about 30 days. These programs can be extremely beneficial to someone just starting out in recovery. Patients that went right into an inpatient program after detox have a higher success rate for continued sobriety. This level of care provides structure, support, and round-the-clock supervision. Doctors and counselors are in house. In a residential setting, you are also around peers. It is a healthy setting that is promoting sobriety.
During these 30 days, you and your recovery specialist will come up with an aftercare plan. An aftercare plan is tailor made for you. Jumping right back into life without aftercare can be dangerous. One of the best parts of being in recovery is that you are never alone. There are different types of aftercare. You can get into a MAT, medication- assisted treatment, program. Suboxone or Methadone can be available as a maintenance program. There are sober living houses. Sober houses are supervised- sober environments. They offer structure and accountability without being in the rehab setting. Sober living settings also provide wonderful success rates. There are 12- Steps programs available everywhere. 12- Step programs are run by addicts and alcoholics for addicts and alcoholics. They offer community and focus on recovery. There are all sorts of support groups. Individual therapy or counseling are recommended. All of these facilities, programs, and support groups are made to help you work through your problems.
No matter where you are in your addiction, there is someone there with an open mind to help. Whether it be your first 24 hours or 10 years down the line, recovery is all inclusive. At any point, in any program, there is another person willing to listen to you. Your recovery specialist can and will help you. They can help you find whatever course of action works best for you and your family.
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