Imagine a New Life
Imagine your life, free from the shackles of addiction. Ask yourself: what are you doing to break the chains? If you continue the path you are on today, where will you be a month from now? Six months from now? A year?
Your life as you know it now revolves around substance abuse; the constant fixation of achieving the next high— the next escape. If drugs and alcohol have become the center of your world, then what room does that leave for everything else? Eventually, your support network will crumble and your passions will fade until all that’s left is the desire for that high. The chains holding you down will only get heavier as the addiction is fed. But the key to your shackles is within your reach.
Signs You May Need Help
Addiction is deceptive. It’s a slowly-creeping disease that takes over more than your mind. It spreads into your life, consuming your time, your resources, and your family. The most frightening thing about addiction, however, is that it can be hard to detect. More often than not, by the time addicts recognize the stranglehold that addiction has, it has long surpassed their strength to overcome it. This is why learning to recognize the signs of addiction in yourself or loved ones is critical to intervention.
- Isolating yourself from loved ones
- Sudden or inexplicable changes in your behavior
- Lack of commitment to things that you once enjoyed
- Avoiding or forgetting important personal responsibilities
- Drastic changes in your weight, eating patterns or sleeping habits
- Needing more and more of the substance to get the same initial “high”
- Experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or extreme cravings when abstaining
- Unexpected financial or legal difficulties
- Notable decline in school or work performance
- The constant use of substances as a coping mechanism
- Sudden secretive behavior (i.e. dishonesty, seclusion, etc.)
- Drastic changes or decline in grooming habits or appearance
- Uncharacteristic mood swings such as irritability or aggression
- Becoming defensive or angry when asked about their substance use
Recognizing The Need
Addressing addiction is not easy for either side. If you suspect that you might be suffering from addiction, then you probably aren’t the only one. Your loved ones might also recognize the signs, but may feel pressured into silence by self-doubt and denial. They might be wondering:
- Will they listen to me?
- Will they get mad at me?
- Is it my place to say something?
- How do I know for sure if I’m right?
- What if I’m wrong and it’s not addiction?
- Will expressing my concerns hurt our relationship?
These are all questions that people ask themselves when they think their loved one might be addicted to drugs or alcohol. One of the worst effects of addiction is that it can make your loved ones feel just as doubtful and as helpless as you feel. This can lead to a mutual dismissal of the problem or, in some cases, enabling. That’s why it’s so important to come forward and acknowledge that you might need help if you are ever confronted by loved ones. It can be hard to admit, but it’s important: it’s the first step to recovery.
Our Team, Services and Programs are Ready to Help
The Treatment Center offers a variety of programs and services to meet your addiction recovery needs. Our staff includes full-time, on-premises medical doctors with decades of experience in the field of addiction treatment. A support system of programs, including both outpatient services and residential accommodations, has helped thousands of patients in the past decade. We provide our patients only the best care with options like medical detox and withdrawal treatment, dual diagnosis counseling, individual and group therapy, faith-based recovery programs, court liaison services, and much more.
Do More Than Imagine, Live
It’s easy to imagine being sober, but you can do more with help from The Treatment Center. Addiction help is available, and it does work. Call us today or fill out our contact form here to start working toward the bright, addiction-free future that you deserve. Do more than imagine being sober— imagine STAYING sober.