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Everyday, hundreds of people across the United States take the first step toward life-lasting recovery. Millions of people are affected by a drug problem or an alcohol problem. It's difficult, but you don't have to recover alone. Learn more and speak with a 12 Keys counselor, available 24 hours a day. We also offer resources for family and friends looking to help a loved one struggling with addiction.
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One of the biggest challenges in providing effective, judgment-free support for someone struggling with an addiction is that most people who have never had a drug or alcohol problem have no idea what the addict is going through. It can be especially difficult to watch someone make repeated poor decisions, but that is exactly what happens when an addiction takes hold.
If someone you care about is abusing drugs or alcohol, remember that addiction is a disease. As with any disease, doing some background research can help you come to terms with the diagnosis and understand what’s involved in beating it. Our addiction help center is an excellent place to start — follow the links above for more information about some of the most commonly abused drugs. You may also wish to phone our toll-free hotline directly to speak with addictions specialist who can explain more about the recovery process.
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Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
At what point does casual drug use turn into an addiction? This is a question countless people face every day. One of the reasons it is so difficult to answer is that denial is a hallmark of addiction. Addicts will go to great lengths to deny the extent of their problem, both to others and to themselves. Often times there are extenuating circumstances which make a diagnosis of addiction even more difficult — for example, when someone has been prescribed prescription painkillers for a legitimate medical reason.
As difficult as it can be to face the facts, there are some key signs that indicate an addiction is present. If you or someone you care about is beginning to exhibit the following, it may be a good idea to seek treatment at an addiction help center:
- Inability to stop: Repeatedly trying and failing to quit on one’s own is a true sign of addiction. Most drug addicts will also be unable to have just one dose at a time, leading to a cycle of prolonged binges followed by a crash.
- Tolerance: Almost all addictive drugs are tolerance-forming. Needing to take larger and larger doses to feel the same effects is one of the key signs of addiction.
- Personality changes: Sudden secretive behavior, mood swings and a loss of interest in previous hobbies or activities may all indicate that a drug or alcohol problem is present. Addicts will also frequently isolate themselves from others who don’t use or won’t enable their behavior.
- Social problems: Relationship troubles, legal problems, constant lack of money and poor performance at work or school are all typical results of addiction and abuse.
Taking the Steps to Get Help
Browsing our help center for addiction will give you important background information that can be useful in diagnosing an addiction, but what should you do when you know one is present? Inpatient rehab treatment has proven to be the most effective way of getting sober. If you’re ready to make a change, or need assistance convincing someone in your life to, contact 12 Keys Rehab today. We can arrange for immediate treatment in our facility or send an interventionist out to your location.