The symptoms of substance misuse and addiction

Addiction is a cunning enemy of life it harms relationships, careers, finances and ones own mental and emotional well-being. One of the major hindrances to building a new way of living is denial here denial has innumerable faces it prevents one from actually getting down to the causes and conditions that can bring about lasting recovery. If you have not read the page on H.O.W. you can read it here. We have compiled a list of features below which define the behaviour of an individual who may need help.

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We encourage you to go through the points below and ask if any of them have been tried or if any of these have been attempted at any point in the past or currently. How many resonate or how many can you relate with?

  • The substance is used in larger amounts or for a longer period of time than originally intended
  • A desire to cut down on use or unsuccessful attempts to do so
  • Pursuit of the substance or recovery from its use consumes a significant amount of time
  • There is craving or strong desire to use the substance
  • Use of the substance continues despite the social or interpersonal problems caused
  • Use of the substance disrupts other role obligations at work, home or school
  • Participation in social, work, or recreational activities decreases or stops
  • Use occurs in situations where it is physically risky like at work, public areas such as bars, parks, restaurants and clubs.
  • Spending money on the substance that was originally set aside for other purposes
  • Continued financial problems and occurring debt as a direct or indirect result of substance abuse
  • Use continues even if the individual recognises it is causing physical or psychological problems
  • Tolerance occurs – this can be indicated by the need for increased amounts of the substance to achieve the same effect
  • Withdrawal occurs
  • Getting into brawls and having encounters with law enforcement
  • Repeated highly risky sexual encounters with strangers or prostitutes
  • Made a decision not to use a substance for a week, month or more, but the resolution only lasted a couple of days?
  • Have “blackouts” as a direct result of using a substance. A “blackout” can defined by a sudden and temporary loss of memory and/or consciousness due to substance abuse
  • Lying or misleading people and loved ones on where an individual has been
  • Lying or misleading others about money and time spent on sprees and benders
  • Continuing to use a substance whilst on probation from a court or at work
  • Substituting substances and engaging in other interests in an attempt to stay away from the substance of choice

Please schedule a consultation with us if more than 3 have happened in your life.

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