Addiction comes in many forms from alcohol and drugs to gambling and sex but at it’s heart the consequences and results are mostly the same – isolation, a breakdown in relationships with loved ones around you, anti-social behaviour, crime, homelessness, decline in mental & physical health and often physical dependency and death. This deadly and progressive disease does not discriminate, it affects all races, sexes and ages the same and doesn’t differentiate on the basis of education, wealth or background. What we have learnt through experience is that it is impossible to get off this train alone and although you may not identify with those consequences yet, it may only be a matter of time. You have to reach out and seek advice from people who have done it and have been there. We specialise in finding the right rehabilitation services for you.
How to know if you’re suffering from addiction?
Essentially anyone who can see the negative affects that using or drinking is having on their life and those around them but continues to use can be considered an individual suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.
There are other signs although not all of these apply:
- You keep taking a drug after it’s no longer needed for a health problem.
- You need more and more of a substance or alcohol to get the same effects (called “tolerance”), and you can take more before you feel an effect.
- You feel strange when the drug or alcohol wears off. You may be shaky, depressed, sick to your stomach, sweat, or have headaches. You may also be tired or not hungry. In severe cases, you could even be confused, have seizures, or run a fever.
- You can’t stop yourself from using or drinking, even if you want to. You are still using it even though it’s making things worse and bad things happen in your life, like trouble with friends, family, work, or the law.
- You spend a lot of your time thinking about the drug or alcohol: how to get more, when you’ll take it, how good you feel, or how bad you feel afterward.
- You have a hard time giving yourself limits. You might say you’ll only use “so much” but then can’t stop and end up using twice that amount. Or you use it more often than you meant to.
- You’ve lost interest in things you once liked to do.
- You’ve begun having trouble doing normal daily things, like cooking or working or personal hygiene.
- You drive or do other dangerous things (like using heavy machines) when you are on the drug or intoxicated.
- You borrow or steal money to pay for drugs.
- You hide the drug use or the effect it is having on you from others.
- You’re having trouble getting along with co-workers, teachers, friends, or family members. They complain more about how you act or how you’ve changed.
- You sleep too much or too little, compared with how you used to. Or you eat a lot more or a lot less than before.
- You look different. You may have bloodshot eyes, bad breath, shakes or tremors, frequent bloody noses, or you may have gained or lost weight.
- You have a new set of friends with whom you do drugs and drink and go to different places to use the drugs and drink.
- You go to more than one doctor to get prescriptions for the same drug or problem.
- You look in other people’s medicine cabinets for drugs to take.
- You take prescribed meds with alcohol or other drugs.
Denial & Intervention
Denial leads many of those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction to their death as they simply cannot see a life without a substance or that they have a problem at all. Chemical changes in the brain take place over time, that prevent addicts from seeing what is clear to all around them. We can arrange interventions that are held by a trained facilitator and are designed to tackle denial, making the person aware of the consequences and seriousness of the situation, often leading them to accept help and or treatment from one of our recommended rehabilitation services. It also gives the individual a better chance whilst in treatment as they have already seen some of the consequences of their actions. Get in touch today to see if an intervention would be right for you or a loved one.