How to Know if You’re Addicted

Guest post by: Marco Sterling

We all have addictions. They can be classified as healthy or unhealthy. Whether it’s being addicted to your favorite sitcom on television, or the abuse of alcohol, these are all addictions. Addictions have a way of controlling you. In terms of substance abuse, identifying an addiction is the first step towards any type of recovery.

So how can you tell if you are addicted? Most likely, friends and family will be the first ones to know that their friend/family member, is in fact, addicted. If they’ve revealed their feelings about it, you should take it with the notion that they care and may actually be correct. Reflection and self-awareness is the key towards moving in the positive direction, away from the substance. Here are some key things to look for when reflecting if you have addictive behavior:

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop - If you were to quit cold turkey tomorrow, would you be able to handle it? Or, do you find yourself needing the substance? If you tend to have withdrawals after stopping completely, this is a symptom of addiction.

Even Health Can’t Get in the Way - Even though you are fully aware of the health consequences behind your abuse of the substance, do you continue to do it anyway? You know that it is destroying your cells and/organs, but the necessity to keep using prioritizes over your health.

Anti-Social and Secluding Behavior - Have you noticed that you have sacrificed your time with loved ones to participate in your activity? You have now placed them in second place because you’d rather spend the time with your substance.

Risk-Taking - Now, you feel invincible and start taking many risks that could cause you your life or freedom. This risk taking also includes doing anything just to continue restocking and continue abusing the substance with an exchange of illegal activities.

Problems with Relationships - Secluding yourself also means breaking relationships with loved ones that you’ve had in your life. You no longer value these relationships because you would rather be using. It’s often very difficult to maintain relationships with people when the one you have with yourself, is not any better.

Having addictive behavior doesn’t make you a bad person. In fact, when you are able to admit that you have an addiction, you are more self-aware than more than half the population of addicts. Addicts refuse help because of one main reason: denial. 

Recovery is a long process that requires a lifetime of sustainability and dedication to get clean. Ordinary people have had drug rehab success and went on to turn their life into something magnificent! But, the only way to get there is to identify the addiction and find the strength and resources to get help.

Author Bio:
As Chief Editor for a popular blog about addiction and recovery (Palo Recovery), I aim to deliver value in the topics that I write about. I want to help as many people as possible who are recovering from addiction. Stay true to A.A.’s values about anonymity, the author uses the pseudonym, Marco.
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