You may be familiar with the cycle – too familiar. You feel controlled by your behavior, or you’ve noticed a loved one is stuck in this cycle. It may seem impossible to break the recurrence because past attempts have been futile or met with aggression. If you feel like you, or someone you live, is stuck in the cycle of substance abuse, you are among millions who experience the pain of addiction and those that it affects.
Determining the causes of addiction is not an exact science. There are many factors that can affect your predisposition to such behavior. Genetic, psychological, and social factors all contribute to your chances of developing this detrimental condition. Even though you can’t control all these factors all the time, you can claim the power to overcome addiction.
No matter what you are addicted to – alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, illegal drugs – the symptoms of addiction are universal.
- Continued usage despite knowing the impending harm to yourself
- An intense and seemingly uncontrollable substance craving
- Pursuing the substance despite its detriment to your job, relationships, health and financial stability
- Use of substance daily or several times a day because of a built-up tolerance
- Inability to stop ‘cold-turkey,’ despite continuous attempts
Though substance abuse for teenagers has declined, it still remains a problem. If you are a parent and believe that your teenage may have a problem with substance abuse, there are several telling signs to look for:
- Sudden problems in school: getting in trouble or a decrease in grades
- Physical health issues: exhaustion, confusion, paranoia
- Demanding extreme privacy beyond reason: refusing to discuss their daily activities, introduce you to their friends, or informing you of what they do when out of the house.
- Asking for money constantly with no clear evidence of what they bought, or unwilling to disclose what for.
Medical Treatment and Therapy
Contrary to how you may feel, your addiction does not define who you are. It is merely a symptom of a more serious underlying need, perhaps a complex health condition. Like other health issues, it’s very common to ask for help on the road to recovery. You shouldn’t be embarrassed about getting help.
If you think you may be an addict, or you have a friend or family member who is, get an evaluation with a trained professional, as soon as possible, in order to determine appropriate care. To reduce your risk of life-altering consequences, the sooner you seek restoration, the better.
You are Not Alone
You’re not alone. Anyone can develop addictive behavior. In fact, chronic addiction affects 3% of people in their lifetime, and substance abuse – using a chemical beyond its intended purpose – affects more than 7%.
Your addiction does not have to be debilitating – just as it developed, it can go away. To learn more about proactively guarding against habit-forming addictive behaviors, and removing any current addiction in your life, seek the help of our team of psychiatrists and psychologists at The Holiner Psychiatric Group. We’re here for you, and ready to see you restored to your optimal health. For more info contact us for more advice on addiction treatment in Dallas.