Center for Healing Discusses How to Recognize the Symptoms of Substance Abuse

You heard some remarks from your friends or colleagues. You know you’re an occasional consumer, but never thought that this might actually be a problem. You get the feeling you’re losing control over your life. Past ambitions and dreams are no longer of interest. Then you might be suffering from substance abuse.

The first thing to do now is try to stop taking that drug, even if you only took it occasionally, and see how your body reacts to this. If you feel no physical or mental need for the concerned substance, in most of the cases you are- indeed- an occasional consumer, which does not mean though that you’re out of the equation. An occasional substance abuser can (and in most cases will) become an addict, and his health will be deteriorating.

If, however, your body gives in to the need for the concerned drug, then you should acknowledge the fact that you might have more serious problems than you thought, and that this might be, or might turn into addiction. At this point, the first thing to do is to seek help, be it from friends or family, or professional help.

If you’re still not convinced, try asking yourself these questions:

• Did I ever have to lie to a friend or family in the interest of purchasing the drug?

• Do I feel embarrassed consuming this substance?

• Would I ever admit to friends or family taking this drug and how often this happens?

• Did I ever have to call in sick or skip classes because of taking that drug?

• Do I still want to go out or keep in touch with old friends?

• Did I ever have a friend or family member lying for me and trying to hide the fact that I occasionally take this drug?

• And probably the most important: Do I honestly think I have a problem? If your answer is indeed honest, you can count this question in.

If you have as little as one Yes answer, you should also try to seek help and see how others understand your issue.

Many specialists will argue that acknowledging the problem is the first step to overcome it and that this is when the healing phase starts. The very moment when you ask yourself the question: “Am I an addict?” is a turning point and one of the most important moments in the healing process. Remember, it takes a whole lot of courage and responsibility to even ask yourself this.

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