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How Do I Know if I Need to Get Help?

Making the decision to seek help can be lifesaving. The disease of addiction is progressive, and if left untreated, often fatal. However, some people are unsure if their problems with substances have progressed to the point where they should seek help. Generally, if someone is considering that they may need help for substance abuse, they have progressed into a state of addiction or alcoholism.

One of the first indicators that an individual may be suffering from addiction or alcoholism is an inability to control or regulate their use. The Mayo Clinic explains, “Drug addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication. Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine also are considered drugs. When you’re addicted, you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.” The progress of the disease inevitably leads to major life consequences, but despite these consequences, a person suffering from addiction will continue to use.

The loss of control over alcohol and drugs is often what causes a person to seek help. They will realize that, despite their best attempts to regulate their use, they cannot. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “As we look back, we feel we had gone on drinking many years beyond the point where we could quit on our will power. If anyone questions whether he has entered this dangerous are, let him try leaving liquor alone for one year. If he is a real alcoholic and very far advanced, there is scant chance of success.” We may have attempted on many occasions to quit drinking or using, but found ourselves back in a state of unmanageability and addiction. The defining feature of addiction is that we are entirely unable to stop despite our will power, desire, and intention. The Big Book further explains, “Many of us felt that we had plenty of character. There was a tremendous urge to cease forever. Yet we found it impossible. This is the baffling feature of alcoholism as we know it—this utter inability to leave it alone, no matter how great the necessity or wish.” If we feel that our drug use or drinking is negatively impacting our lives in any way, it is time for us to seek help.

Your life can become one of serenity and peace of mind. You can begin the rewarding journey of recovery by making the decision to seek help now. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, believes in addressing all aspects of addiction, including the mind, body, and spirit, to help you develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431