Facing up to the fact that you may be in need of addiction treatment can be incredibly tough, particularly if you do not actually believe you have a problem. If you think that loved ones are overreacting to your situation and are exaggerating your substance use, you are not alone.
Many individuals are unable to come to terms with the fact that chemical substances such as drugs and alcohol have become a negative force in their lives. This is especially true for those who abuse alcohol, and it is often due to the fact that alcohol is a legal and widely available substance. It is present in most social settings and intoxication is often encouraged at specific times of the year.
It is impossible to diagnose a drug or alcohol addiction with a blood test, and although there may be some tell-tale physical symptoms, it is often the case that these symptoms will not occur until the problem is at the later stages, or they may be mistaken as symptoms of another problem.
The only way to be sure that you have a problem with alcohol or drugs is to be completely honest about your substance use. Ask yourself the following questions:
If you have answered yes to one or more of the following questions, you may need addiction treatment. Contact us here at UKAT for a full assessment of your situation, and if needed we can help with a course of addiction treatment that is designed around your needs.
One thing that we often find is that those with addiction believe they do not have a problem because they are still managing to carry on with their daily lives. These individuals will still go to work and will still take care of other responsibilities in their lives.
However, as they do not fit the profile of the stereotypical addict, they believe that they do not actually require help. However, the reality is that there are many high-functioning addicts who are managing to get through each day while still being classed as addicts.
The reality is that it is not about how often you abuse substances or the type of substance you abuse; it is about how much control or lack of control you have over your substance use. Addicts often find that once they take a substance, they are unable to quit even if they want to.
You may not have noticed the long-term effects of substance abuse yet, but we can tell you that continued abuse of substances such as alcohol or drugs is having a negative impact on your mind and body.
Alcohol, for example, affects almost every cell in the body, and continued abuse can lead to problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and some forms of cancer. It can also have an impact on mental health, with many alcoholics suffering with chronic depression and anxiety. It has even been linked to dementia.
It is important to be completely honest with yourself about your substance use. Denying that the problem exists will do you no good. If you are drinking more than the recommended weekly alcohol allowance or are regularly taking illegal drugs, you are risking your health and are likely in need of addiction treatment.
If you require help for addiction, contact us here at UKAT. Even if you are under pressure from loved ones to reach out for help, we urge you to get in touch. It is likely that your loved ones are correct as it is rare for family members and friends to worry without cause. It is often easier for them to spot the signs of addiction than it is for the affected individual.
By contacting us today, we can provide an assessment of your situation to determine if you are in need of addiction treatment. We have a number of excellent clinics offering first class programmes to suit the needs of individual patients. Call today for more information.
If you successfully complete our 90-day inpatient treatment program, we guarantee you'll stay clean and sober, or you can return for a complimentary 30 days of treatment.