Recognising addiction. You would expect recognising addiction to be easy. But believe it or not. It is not. You will often find people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sexual etc do not realise, or do not want to realise they have a problem. I believe this is because they do not want to stop, as they are having for too much fun (early alcohol addiction), or they do not want to stop to hide the pain, or forget things that have troubled them in life. There are hundreds of excuses to not want to stop. This is what is known as denial.
When will the client recognise addiction?
All the time the client feels fine, the idea of stopping their addiction will not enter the clients head. But there are things which are known to stop addiction. These can be falling in love with a new partner. Getting very ill. I am not talking about a cold, but major medical issues. Or just getting bored of their addiction. I know that sounds crazy, but being an ex-alcoholic, I have seen this several times with an alcohol addiction.
You may think your partner, or friend has an addiction, when they do not. Just because they drink more than you do, does not constitute an addiction. Just because they watch porn, does not constitute an addiction, and so on. Even on drugs. Some people can take drugs on a recreational basis, and not have an addiction. It is a certain type of person who gets an addiction. Normally people with high opiate receptors in the brain. Do not get me wrong. Drugs like Heroin and Crack Cocaine will give anyone an addiction. But normal powder Cocaine etc can be used by some (not all) people on a recreational basis, and not be addictive. I strongly suggest you do not try any illegal drugs to see if you get addicted, as a life with addiction is not a nice way to live.
Recognised your addiction – What to do next
The simple answer is, get help now. This is so important to jump on it now. The sooner you get, the cheaper it will be, to be treated, and the less time you will need in treatment. Plus it stops the chances of you getting ill. If you do not want to come in for treatment. We can offer you treatment at home, to get you well. Yes, addiction is an illness and it does need treatment. Call Tel: 07811 606 606 (24 hours)
Recognising addiction can be a crucial step towards seeking help and initiating the recovery process. Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of addiction:
Compulsive Substance Use: An individual may engage in substance use in larger amounts or for longer durations than intended, and they may have difficulty controlling or stopping their use despite attempts to do so.
Cravings and Preoccupation: They may experience intense cravings or a strong desire to use the substance. Their thoughts and actions may become increasingly focused on obtaining and using the substance.
Tolerance: Over time, the individual may develop a tolerance, needing larger amounts of the substance to achieve the desired effects. This can lead to increased substance use to maintain the desired level of intoxication or relief.
Withdrawal Symptoms: When the substance is reduced or discontinued, the individual may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, or physical discomfort.
Neglecting Responsibilities: Addiction often leads to neglecting or abandoning important social, occupational, or recreational activities. The individual may disregard their responsibilities at work, school, or home due to their focus on obtaining and using the substance.
Continued Use Despite Consequences: Despite experiencing negative consequences such as health issues, relationship problems, legal troubles, or financial difficulties, the individual continues to use the substance.
Loss of Control: They may find it challenging to control the frequency, amount, or duration of substance use. Efforts to cut down or quit may be unsuccessful or short-lived.
Changes in Behaviour and Mood: Addiction can lead to noticeable changes in behaviour, mood swings, irritability, secrecy, social isolation, and a decline in personal hygiene and appearance.
Relationship Problems: Addiction often strains relationships with family members, friends, and loved ones due to deceit, broken promises, and conflicts related to substance use.
Neglecting Self-Care: Individuals may neglect self-care activities, such as eating properly, exercising, or engaging in hobbies and interests, as the substance use becomes the primary focus.
It’s important to remember that addiction can manifest differently in each individual, and not all signs may be present. However, if you or someone you know is experiencing several of these signs and it is affecting their daily life and well-being, it may indicate the presence of addiction.
If you suspect addiction, it is advisable to seek professional help from healthcare providers, addiction specialists, or treatment centres. They can conduct a comprehensive assessment and provide guidance and support tailored to the individual’s specific needs.
Addiction is a mine field, and there are lots of different factors. If you are unsure about a friend or loved one you think may have an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Call us now for help and advice on Tel: 07811 606 606. We are here 24 hours a day and welcome all the calls we get. Are calls are not recorded and we will not even ask for your name. It is all treated in total confidence.