Sometimes the hardest thing for addicts to do is to admit that they have a problem. It seems that everyone around the addict sees the destruction that they are causing to themselves, yet the addict doesn’t. Oftentimes, the addict is in denial about his or her drug use. Time and time again, addicts get into trouble at work, at school or with the law, yet they won’t admit that there is a problem. Sometimes, the addict will not recognize the warning signs of addiction.
Admitting that you are an addict is not an easy thing to do. Many of us have convinced ourselves that we can handle our drug use and that it’s just something we do to “take the edge off” or to have fun. However, we may not be seeing that our lives have been overrun by drugs. The following questions have been compiled with the help of recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous to help anyone that still doubts if they may be an addict. Answer these questions as honestly as possible, and you may just learn something about yourself.
- Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms when you stopped taking drugs?
- Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?
- Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?
- Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen anything to obtain drugs?
- Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
- Have you neglected your family because of your drug use?
- Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?
- Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?
- Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
- Do you put purchasing drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?
- Have you ever tried to stop or decrease your using?
- Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?
- Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?
- Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs?
- Is your drug use making your life at home unhappy?
- Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs?
- Have you ever felt defensive, guilty or ashamed about your using?
- Do you think about drugs often?
- Have you ever used drugs because of emotional pain or stress?
- Have you ever overdosed on drugs?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is likely that your drug use has turned into an addiction. It is frightening to think that you may be an addict. Perhaps these questions caused you to make excuses for your drug use. After all, our drug use keeps us in a fog that keeps us from seeing the truth. It is difficult to see our behaviors when we are in the middle of a chaotic life. However, when we are ready, we can take the blinders off and make the decision that will change our lives.
Drug addiction is a trap that holds us down and blinds us to the truth. Although our friends and family are desperately trying to get our attention and shake some sense into us, we may still refuse to accept that our drug use is a problem and seek treatment. There is hope. Stepping Stone Center can help you break free from the grips of addiction. Our addiction counselors are available 24/7 to talk and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding drug and alcohol rehab. When you’re ready to make a change, Stepping Stone Center will be there to help you through the process. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
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If you or a loved one is struggling with spice addiction and would like help finding a quality drug rehab, please call a Stepping Stone Center coordinator now at 866-957-4960. Our coordinators can answer any questions that you may have regarding addiction treatment as many of them are in recovery themselves.