The Addict

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What is addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. If you or a loved one feels like your use of drugs and alcohol has become a problem, you are not alone. According to a study published in Jama Psychiatry, 1 in 10 Americans suffers from drug and alcohol abuse disorder within their lifetime. Most importantly, you should not be ashamed for seeking help.

Addiction affects all walks of life. Many of us may have started recreationally with the intent of letting off steam after work or having a night out with the friends. What we didn't consider is that after time, our recreational use developed from recreation to dependency and finally into an addiction. We never anticipated the damaged relationships, unemployment, bodily and psychological harm and in some scenarios legal trouble that came with our use of drugs and alcohol. The harsh reality is that addiction is a deadly disease and it prematurely takes our loved ones away from us, but there is hope.

Questions About Addiction

Many come to a point where they cannot fathom life without their substance of choice. Most have tried to quit many times on their own, only to find themselves back at it again. If you are unsure of your addiction, please consider these questions:

  • Have you ever drank or used alone?
  • Are drugs or alcohol the first thing you do upon awakening?
  • Do you need drugs to fall asleep?
  • Have you ever tried to stop or control your intake?
  • Have you ever stolen from loved ones to fund your habit?
  • Ever left school or work early to get drunk or high?
  • Have you ever been arrested as a direct result of using drugs or alcohol?
  • Have substances ever landed you in the hospital?
  • Does the idea of running out of drugs scare you?

Chances are if you have answered yes to one or more of these questions substance abuse may be a serious issue in your life. Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation centers will not only help you get clean and sober but promote a healthy lifestyle and offer you a personalized treatment that will help you build the foundation need for a healthy and sober lifestyle.

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