How Do You Know if You’re Addicted to Alcohol or Drugs?

By The Valor Team
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:59 pm in
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While there isn’t a blood test or other lab work to diagnose addiction, there are distinctive behavioral indicators that the disease has taken hold.

If you obsess about getting the substance and using the substance, and then spend considerable time recovering from the effects of substance abuse, you’re probably looking at addiction. 

Other telltale signs include compromising your values, behaving in ways that put yourself or others at risk, and experiencing negative consequences in your relationships and other aspects of your life because of your drug or alcohol use.

If you’re asking yourself this question, you probably already realize you could be headed for trouble. 

Some people become addicted quickly. For others, alcoholism or other drug addiction can be a very slow process, developing into increasingly heavy drinking or drug use over many years. In fact, people around you might not be aware of how serious your situation has become if you’ve been hiding your drinking or other drug use—which is typical behavior for someone with addiction.

Am I an Alcoholic? 

  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?
  • Have friends and/or family members criticized your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever had a drink in the morning to relieve a hangover or steady your nerves?

Answering "yes" to two or more questions may indicate alcohol use disorder. The next step is to talk with an addiction professional who can provide a thorough assessment to determine a clinical diagnosis and help you sort through the best treatment options to meet your needs. 

Call us at 330-330-8777 today to get started.

Am I Addicted to Prescription Pain Pills or Opioids?

Many people are prescribed opioids for legitimate medical purposes. Most people can use prescription pain pills without incident, but a certain percentage are at risk of developing an addiction. Addiction can take hold before you realize you’re in trouble.

  • Have you ever reported your pain as more severe than it really was in order to obtain more or stronger pain medicines?
  • Have you ever obtained prescriptions for painkillers in any of the following circumstances?   From more than one doctor at the same time? Have you ever gone to more than one pharmacy to be sure the prescription would be filled? In any of the these situations, to what length did you go to keep this a secret?
  • How often have you run out of medication too early?
  • Have you ever taken painkillers that were prescribed to someone else?
  • Have you ever injured yourself in order to get painkillers?
  • Have you ever taken pain medication to feel emotional relief from pain?
  • Have you taken your medication, not as prescribed, to get high?
  • Has a loved one or friend expressed concern about you and pain medication?
  • In what other ways have prescription painkillers complicated your life?
  • Have you started using heroin because you couldn’t get pain pills?

Taking an inventory of your behaviors allows you to see more clearly how drug seeking can wear away at your core values. Maybe you really don’t have control over your drug use the way you thought you did. That’s how addiction works.

Time to get your life back? Reach out and call us today at 330-330-8777.

The symptoms of addiction can be mild, moderate or severe depending on the level of disruption to your health and ability to work, go to school or function at home. Continuing your drug or alcohol abuse, despite harmful consequences, is a good indication that addiction could be an issue. 

Reach out today. We will help you get the answers you need and find the right treatment to meet your individual needs.

Call 330-330-8777