The symptoms of substance misuse and addiction

Addiction is a cunning enemy of life; it harms relationships, careers, finances, and one’s 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 hereWe have compiled a list of features below that define an individual’s behavior who may need help.

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How many of these have been attemped?

  • The substance is used in larger amounts or for a more extended period than initially intended
  • A desire to cut down on use or unsuccessful attempts to do so
  • The pursuit of the substance or recovery from its use consumes a significant amount of time
  • There is a craving or strong desire to use the substance
  • The 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 when it is physically risky like at work, in public areas such as bars, parks, restaurants, and clubs.
  • Spending money on the substance that was initially 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 perilous 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 be defined by a sudden and temporary loss of memory and 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 while 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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