Struggling with a drug addiction can be difficult, especially if you are unsure if you actually have a problem. By asking yourself these five questions, you can better judge whether you have a problem.
Even if you do not think you are actually addicted to a substance, you might still benefit from talking to an expert about your potential risk of developing an addiction in the future.
How often to do you use a particular substance or substances?
The number one sign of a drug addiction is the compulsion to continually use a particular substance, or substances. For any illicit drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or marijuana, any use of the drug could put you at risk of developing an addiction, especially drugs with a high risk of addiction such as heroin and cocaine.
The more you use these drugs, the more at risk you are of having an addiction. Prescription drugs can also be addicting and should be used with caution and only as prescribed.
Have you tried to stop taking a substance but cannot?
Drug addiction often overtakes a person's will power, making it difficult to stop taking a drug, even if a person starts. When you becoming chemically dependent upon the drug, your body needs the drug and you will exhibit withdrawal signs when you try to stop taking the drug.
If you find that you cannot stop taking a drug, no matter how hard you try, then you most likely have an addiction and should seek professional treatment.
Has your drug problem caused problems in your life?
When a person has become addicted to drugs, attaining the next high typically become the number one priority in life. A person often finds he or she has trouble at work, and might even lose his or her job.
Relationships likewise begin to deteriorate and suffer due to the drug abuse. Drug addicts also find themselves missing important life events, such as a wedding, due to a blackout or other drug induced behavior.
People struggling with drug addiction also often encounter problems with money or the law. If you find your drug use interfering with work, relationships, and other aspects of your life, then you should seek help.
Do you hide your behavior from other people?
Many drug addicts know that they have a problem, even if they consciously live in denial. They hide how much they drink or use drugs, especially from those closest to them.
If you notice yourself doing drugs or drinking in private and lying about your behavior, then you are at risk of developing an addiction, if you have not already. Other people might also be commenting on your behavior or showing signs of concern.
Have you engaged in atypical behavior just to get drugs?
When a person has an addiction to drugs, he or she will often do anything to get that next fix. This might be stealing, breaking the law, engaging in promiscuous or risky sexual activity, or otherwise engaging in risky behavior.
If you find yourself doing things that you know are wrong, and that you never thought you would do, then you should seek help for your drug addiction.
The first step in overcoming drug addiction is recognizing you have a problem. Consider your drug habits and think about your answers to these questions.
If you have answered yes to even one of these questions, you should talk to someone about the possibility of a drug problem. It is a myth that you have to reach rock bottom before you can overcome an addiction. Studies have shown the sooner you get help for a problem, the better chance you have at recovery.