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A common myth about addiction is that you need to “hit rock bottom” to get better, but there are many reasons why you should check into a treatment center before getting to that point. Regardless of how long or much you’ve been drinking or using drugs, if it’s affecting your life in any negative way, you should consider checking into a treatment center. According to DrugAbuse.gov, “In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility.” That’s a large gap between those who need treatment and those who are actually getting it.
This treatment gap can be partly attributed to the fact that some people are in denial about their addiction or don’t realize that they even have a problem because addiction doesn’t look the same for everyone. You don’t need to lose a job or have your family kick you out of the house to prove that you have a problem. See how to identify a substance abuse problem and the benefits of checking into a treatment center.
Signs of A Substance Abuse Problem
While physical signs are the most visible indicators of addiction, there are other red flags to look out for too. Recognizing the signs of a drinking or drug problem is the first step to recovery.
- Tolerance: Over time, you’ll continually need larger quantities of the substance to achieve the same effect. Developing a tolerance can be dangerous because you may require such large amounts of the substance over time that you could end up overdosing.
- Withdrawal: Psychological or physical symptoms of withdrawal like sweating, nausea, anxiety, or trembling happen when you stop drinking or using. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms is often related to the level of tolerance, but even those with lower tolerances can still experience some withdrawal symptoms.
- Loss of Control: You promise yourself and others that you’ll cut back or quit, but can’t seem to control your urges despite your best intentions. For a time, you may have been able to hide your drinking or drug use, but as the addiction intensifies, it gets harder to keep it a secret.
- Relationship Issues: Your drinking or drug use has caused issues in your marriage, family, or friendships because you isolate yourself, neglect commitments/responsibilities, display erratic behavior, borrow money, or steal from them.
- Affects Work/School: Substance abuse can interfere with work or school which may lead to getting fired or expelled.
- Legal Problems: You’ve gotten in trouble with the law because of stealing, driving under the influence, or aggressive behavior (e.g. getting into fights).
- Loss of Interests: Getting, taking, and hiding alcohol or drugs takes up your time, focus, and energy which keeps you disengaged in your interests or relationships.
- Health Problems: Your drinking or drug use has caused physical or mental damage. For example, alcoholism severely damages the heart, brain, and liver, and some stimulants can cause heart attacks and psychosis. Furthermore, injecting drugs increases your risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis C.
Whether you’ve experienced one or most of these symptoms, there are inpatient and outpatient treatment programs that can help.
Benefits of Checking into A Treatment Center
We’ve talked a lot about the harmfulness of addiction, but you can turn your life around. When you check into a treatment center, you’ll learn how to:
- Achieve abstinence
- Decrease drug use (aka “harm reduction”)
- Address and treat other psychological issues (e.g. co-occurring disorders, trauma)
- Decrease antisocial or criminal behavior
- Build and maintain recovery support networks
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Increase positive productive behaviors (e.g. showing up to work or class)
- Resolve substance abuse-related legal problems
When seeking addiction treatment, it’s crucial that the treatment center determines the right level of care for your needs. Learn more about what to expect from outpatient treatment to see if it’s right for you or whether a higher level of care is better suited.
West Palm Beach Treatment Center
Rally Point is a male-only treatment center in West Palm Beach, FL that is home to white sandy beaches, sunny weather, and a variety of sober support communities and resources to help you along in your recovery journey. Depending on your needs, we offer different types of substance abuse programs such as outpatient, day or night treatment with community housing, and partial hospitalization. Contact us today about our West Palm Beach treatment center and start taking back control of your life.