Am I Addicted to Drugs?

Drug abuse can affect all people from any walk of life. Chances are, you have stopped and thought about whether or not your drug use has turned into an addiction. Whether you have been prescribed medication, have fallen into drugs through partying or have been surrounded by drugs your whole life, anyone can succumb to drug addiction. Knowing the warning signs of being addicted to drugs is important so that you can know when to get the help you need.

Addiction can look different on everybody. However, it can produce noticeable symptoms. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the below symptoms, it is very important to look into getting proper addiction treatment before it spirals any further.

The 10 Warning Signs You’re Addicted to Drugs

  1. You can’t control your use. People who are addicted to drugs cannot slow down or stop their use, no matter how hard they try. Staying sober without any help is very hard. In addition, using drugs often turns from having a good time to needing drugs in order to feel normal.
  2. There have been changes in your sleep and eating habits. You may notice that you are sleeping less, staying up for days at a time, going to bed later or are suffering from insomnia. Alternatively, you may find that you are sleeping way too much. In addition, you are either eating way less or way more than you were before, and it is all generally unhealthy food.
  3. Your social circle has changed. When people are addicted to drugs, they tend to push away loved ones. This is partly in an effort to hide their addiction as well as surround themselves with people they can share their addiction with.
  4. You’ve begun isolating yourself. Not only have you isolated yourself from family and friends, but you also have stopped attending their important events. You also have withdrawn from activities that you used to find joy in, in favor of your addiction. You don’t want people to see you, notice your addiction or say anything to you, so you find it best to stay home.
  5. You are noticing drug-seeking behaviors. You are doing anything you can to get your hands on your next fix. This can include anything from stealing, having multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors or looking for anything at all to get high with. When you do not have the means to get your hands on drugs, you become very angry, agitated and physically sick.
  6. There have been negative consequences. Chances are you have experienced negative consequences as a result of your addiction. These can include fractured relationships with your family or children, job loss, divorce, major financial issues or even criminal issues.
  7. People are expressing their concern. Your loved ones may be trying to tell you that you have a problem, that you have been acting differently or that they are worried about you. They may also be expressing concern for the way you look or the people that you hang out with. You probably feel very defensive when they bring this up and are in denial that what they are saying is true.
  8. Priorities have shifted in your life. Family, friends, responsibilities and future goals have likely been set aside in favor of your drug addiction. Nothing else matters as much as the next high, and you have likely been neglecting important things in your life.
  9. You use substances at inappropriate times. You may have started using drugs at parties or on the weekends, but it has spilled over to weeknights, during the day or even in the morning.
  10. You are experiencing mood swings and other physical symptoms. People suffering from drug addiction tend to exhibit a lot of physical changes. These can include weight gain or loss, sunken-in face, bloodshot eyes, looking unkempt and poor hygiene.

When to Get Help

If you are experiencing the above warning signs that you are addicted to drugs, it is time to get help. Drug addiction is a fatal disease that all too often leads to overdose and death. The longer you wait to get help, the worse your chances might be for long-term recovery.

The longer you abuse drugs, the higher the tolerance your body will have. Essentially, it will take more and more drugs in order to get you high. This high tolerance leads to high dependency. When your body is highly dependent on drugs in order to function, it can be harder to go through treatment and have a successful long-term recovery.

About Cliffside Malibu

If you are ready to finally kick your drug habit, we can help you. Cliffside Malibu has admissions specialist on-hand 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about detox, treatment, and recovery.

Since no two addictions are the same, Cliffside Malibu offers an individualized treatment plan for each and every client. Treatment plans are created based on a client’s current stage of the Transtheoretical Model: Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, or Maintenance. This model helps ensure that all patients receive the best treatment path possible based on their own specific need. Moving our clients through this model to completion successfully is our goal each and every single day.

Cliffside Malibu’s policy is to ensure that all people who choose treatment with us receives the best care possible. We strive to provide a continuum of care including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient services. Our program includes not only evidence-based behavioral therapy but family therapy and holistic therapy, as well. Whether an individual is suffering from substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction, our programs are designed and structured to be a supportive environment in order to maintain sobriety.

In addition to world-class treatment, Cliffside Malibu offers luxury accommodations, a serene environment, five-star dining, and plentiful amenities. We understand that addiction treatment is a rigorous process. Therefore, we provide for your comfort and relaxation at every turn, allowing you to rejuvenate, to meet the demands of treatment with your greatest energy and attention.

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