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5 Signs You Are Ready for Rehab

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

According to recent research, 10 percent of adults will experience substance use disorder at some point in their lives. Sadly, only one in 10 individuals make an effort to seek treatment, which is incredibly disturbing when you consider the damages that drug use causes not only to the user but also to their family and friends.

And while it is normal for a person with substance use disorder to rationalize the use of drugs and deny they need treatment, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms that indicate your use is getting the best of you and you need addiction treatment.

Here are 5 signs that tell you are ready for rehab.

1. Drugs have become your priority

If substance use has become your priority and you rely on drugs to function normally, you sure need addiction treatment. In most cases, you will find yourself spending significant amounts of time and resources to acquire the drugs. And when you don’t have access, you might find it difficult to focus or perform a task successfully. If you get to this point, it is time you considered seeking professional help.

Moreover, most people with substance use disorder tend to forego activities they used to be enthusiastic about. So, be keen on how your socialization and preferences have changed over time to determine if drugs have taken over your life.

2. Your health is suffering

Poor health is a direct result of substance abuse, and depending on the drug you are dependent on, the symptoms may vary. For instance, people who abuse alcohol are prone to liver and kidney issues and several types of cancers. Besides your physical health being impacted, your mental health may also suffer; signs can manifest through anxiety, depression, agitation, and symptoms of psychosis.

If you notice changes in your behavior in regard to how you think, feel, or act, you might want to consider rehab. A professional can advise you on what intervention is ideal depending on the severity of your physical and mental deterioration.

3. You are using drugs excessively

As your body becomes tolerant to drugs, you begin to take more of the substance you are addicted to to get that high feeling. As you continue to increase your dosage, you expose yourself to the extreme effects of drug use, such as overdose, which is one of the leading causes of death in people with substance use disorder.

Once you notice your drug use is spiraling out of control, make an effort to seek professional intervention. This will allow for the addiction to be dealt with before it affects other aspects of your life and overall wellbeing.

4. You are experiencing problems in school or work

People with substance use disorder are likely to miss work or school for reasons such as being too intoxicated to remember their schedules or having a hangover and are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. This affects their relationship with colleagues and family since drugs become a priority while relationships take a back seat.

When drugs start to affect your work and other important aspects of your life, you are ready for rehab. Through a rehabilitation program, you can learn to handle your addiction as you work on getting your life back.

5. You have tried to quit with no success   

Once you are addicted to drugs, getting back to a life of sobriety may require more than outpatient treatment and self-help groups. This is because addiction is a chronic condition that is marked by constant periods of relapse and recovery. If your addiction has reached a point where alternative approaches and lower levels of care are not effective, it is time you consider going to rehab. A rehab has the structure, medical attention, and safety to end your addiction and ensure you are able to live a normal and productive life.

Indeed, drugs can take a toll on your life, hence the need to seek help as early as possible. Being aware of the signs that you need to go to rehab is a requisite for seeking help and embarking on a road to recovery.

Are You Ready for Rehab?

If you or your family is struggling with addiction in Fresno, California, and surrounding areas, we at First Steps Recovery are committed to providing quality care for all our patients to help them get over their addiction and regain their life. Call us today at 844-489-0836 to speak to us.


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