The first thing you have to do to address a drug or alcohol problem is admit that you have one. Sounds pretty simple, but it's actually the most difficult part of recovery for many people. If you're quite sure that you have a problem, there are several signs you can look for.
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If you have a loved one in recovery it may be overwhelming and difficult to not only watch them struggle, but to handle your own emotions as well. It's perfectly normal to go through a wide range of emotions when someone you care about is battling an addiction.
People who attend AA meetings may feel that they must identify as both an alcoholic and an addict if they have a problem with drugs as well as alcohol. They could also feel that they have to choose one term or the other since the problems are separated in different meetings through twelve step programs.
One of the foundations and most important aspects of addiction recovery is for addicts to remain honest and open throughout their time in rehab. A program will not be effective for a patient if they are reluctant to engage in open communication with their peers and the therapists and counselors that are there to support them.
Addiction is a disease that can lead people to experience a powerful sense of denial for many years before they recognize their own problem. People who are alcoholics may think they have their drinking under control or that they can simply cut down or quit at any time.