Is It Time for Addiction Treatment
Author: Ben Brafman
Addiction treatment is one step on the path to recovery, but how do you know if you are ready for treatment? If you think you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, talking to someone at a treatment facility will help determine the best course of action. Treatment professionals will discuss your individual situation and recommend an addiction treatment plan that is right for you. You cannot diagnose yourself with addiction, but if you exhibit one or more of these signs of addiction, whether you have been using for two years or two weeks, it may be time to seek help.
Is It Time For Addiction Treatment?
#1) You recognize you might have a problem.
The truth of the matter is if you think you have a problem with drugs and alcohol you probably do. If you’ve ever thought that you drink or use too much or too frequently, or if your drug and alcohol use has caused problems in your life, you may be suffering from addiction.
#2) Drugs and Alcohol Have Taken Over Your Life.
Having trouble getting up for work in the morning after a long night of drinking or drug use? Finding yourself wanting to get high in the middle of the day at work or at times when you have other responsibilities? Addiction treatment can help you reclaim your life.
#3) Others Think You Have a Problem.
Have your friends changed? Are old friends not calling you back or refusing to hang out? Are family members avoiding you or trying to talk to you about your drug or alcohol use? Do others make comments?
#4) You Are Making Decisions Based On Your Drug or Alcohol Use.
Are you spending all of your money on drugs or alcohol? Are you more concerned with when you’ll get your next hit or your next drink? Has your drug or alcohol use consumed your decision making?
#5) You want your life back.
Are you ready to take your life back? Are you ready to be in control of your body again? Are you ready to make the first steps towards recovery?
Addiction treatment is fun and there are many incredible people fighting addiction at this very moment. When you decide that it is time to get help, you will realize that you are not alone. Many people make the decision to enter rehab every day and many others graduate every week. Addiction treatment is a lifelong process, but once you start along the path you have already made the hardest step. Addiction is a treatable disease and many people live healthy sober lives after addiction treatment. The human body begins to heal the moment the substance abuse stops, so it is never too late to start a sober lifestyle.
About the Author
Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP is the President and CEO of Destination Hope, a licensed dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ben has more than 20 years of experience in the addiction and mental health fields, which led him to develop a combination of innovative treatment protocols at Destination Hope. He has been published on various topics including dual diagnosis and chemical dependency, and gives back to the community by educating other addiction counselors at his Academy for Addiction Professionals.