How to Recognize That Someone is Suffering from Substance Abuse

It is important to discuss with family member their struggles with addiction.
Someone who struggles with substance abuse has heard comments about their problem. They know they’re an occasional consumer, but never thought that this might actually be a serious issue.

They get the feeling they’re losing control over their life, past ambitions, and their dreams are no longer of interest. This person might be suffering from substance abuse.

The first thing to do is try to stop taking that drug, even if it was only taken occasionally, and see how the body reacts to this. If a person feels no physical or mental need for the concerned substance, in most of the cases they are indeed an occasional consumer, which does not mean that they’re completely 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, the body gives in to the need for the concerned drug, then that person should acknowledge the fact that they might have a more serious problem than originally 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, family, or professional help.

If a person is still not convinced, asking these questions may help:

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 that I’m 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 a person has at least one yes answer, they should try to seek help and see how others understand their 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 someone asks themselves 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 ask that question in the first place.

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