Many people with substance abuse issues experience tremendous difficulty admitting that they need help. Overcoming the denial is a huge step. People who have lost jobs, homes, relationships and even their freedom can continue to be in denial of their drug or alcohol problem. They blame their boss for firing them. They got evicted because their landlord was a jerk. They got arrested because they have bad luck. Drugs and alcohol may be the common denominator in all of these scenarios, but they won’t see that until they are ready. Often this denial is fueled by fear. What if people find out? Will I have to go to drug treatment? I can’t be away from home for 30 days.
How Can I Tell if I Need Drug Treatment?
People are quick to compare themselves to others who they perceive as being worse off than themselves. They think because they don’t drink or use as much as some of their friends, they don’t have a problem. They are quick to list a number of things that haven’t happened to them—they’ve never been arrested, they’ve never blacked out, they’ve never stolen anything for drugs…
First, this may only be a list of “yets.” Addiction is a progressive illness that only gets worse over time. You will often hear people in 12 Step meetings talk about finally deciding to get sober because they were starting to do all the things they swore they wouldn’t. Second, whether or not you need drug treatment is not necessarily dependent on how much or how often you use, but rather what happens when you use and how does it make you feel. You might only get high on weekends—but do you spend your week obsessing about drinking and using over the weekend. The day after you use, are you overcome with guilt or remorse? Once you pick up a drink or a drug, do you lose control over what will happen next?
There is a Solution can help. If you suspect that you may need drug treatment, call one of our caring professionals today for a free evaluation. They can help you determine whether or not you need treatment and, if so, what level of care would be best for you. If you are concerned about a loved one, There is a Solution can refer you to a professional interventionist who can help get your loved one to agree to get help.
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