How to tell if I need help?

Determining whether you need treatment for substance abuse or addiction can be a critical step in addressing your well-being and moving toward a healthier and sober life. While it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional like us here at Evolve Behavioral Health for a thorough assessment, there are several signs and indicators that may suggest the need for treatment:

  1. Loss of Control: You find it challenging to control your drug or alcohol use, often consuming more than you intended and being unable to cut down or quit despite your best efforts.
  2. Cravings: You experience strong and persistent cravings for the substance, which can be difficult to resist.
  3. Negative Consequences: Your substance use has resulted in various negative consequences in your life, such as legal issues, relationship problems, financial difficulties, or declining work or academic performance.
  4. Tolerance: Over time, you have developed a tolerance, requiring increasing amounts of the substance to achieve the desired effect or experiencing reduced effects from the same amount.
  5. Withdrawal Symptoms: When you try to stop or reduce your substance use, you experience withdrawal symptoms, which can be physically and psychologically uncomfortable or even dangerous.
  6. Neglecting Responsibilities: Your substance use leads to neglecting important responsibilities at work, school, or home, which can jeopardize your job, academic standing, or relationships.
  7. Loss of Interest: You lose interest in activities, hobbies, or social interactions that you once enjoyed because your substance use has taken priority.
  8. Failed Attempts to Quit: You’ve made unsuccessful attempts to quit or cut down on your substance use, often resulting in relapse.
  9. Increasing Isolation: You withdraw from friends and family or reduce social activities to avoid judgment or to have more opportunities for substance use.
  10. Preoccupation with the Substance: A significant portion of your thoughts, time, and energy is consumed by thinking about, obtaining, using, and recovering from the substance.
  11. Risk-Taking Behavior: You engage in risky behavior while under the influence of the substance, putting yourself and others in danger.
  12. Loss of Health: Your physical and mental health has deteriorated due to substance use, leading to chronic health issues, mental health disorders, or other medical complications.
  13. Failed Obligations: You’ve repeatedly failed to meet personal, professional, or legal obligations due to substance use.
  14. Denial and Defensiveness: You deny the extent of your problem or become defensive when confronted by friends, family, or colleagues about your substance use.
  15. Inability to Quit Alone: You’ve tried to quit on your own, but the withdrawal symptoms, cravings, or psychological dependence have made it impossible to maintain abstinence.

If you recognize several of these signs in your life, it is a strong indication that you may benefit from treatment for substance abuse or addiction. Seeking help is a courageous and crucial step in taking control of your life, improving your well-being, and working toward a healthier, sober future.

Consider reaching out to a healthcare professional, addiction specialist, therapist, or a local treatment center like us here at Evolve Behavioral Health for a thorough assessment and to discuss your treatment options. There are various levels of care, from outpatient therapy to inpatient rehabilitation, and the appropriate treatment approach will depend on your specific needs and the severity of your substance use. We are available to talk 440-340-5558.