When is it the right time to seek professional help for substance abuse? The answer is now. The National Institute on Alcoholism Abuse and Alcoholism (2016) stated that approximately 22.7 million people need substance abuse treatment in the United States. Among those people less than 1% actually get the help they need. Each day about 110 people die from untreated alcoholism and drug abuse according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2016).
Sign’s You May Be Suffering From Substance Abuse
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2016), substance abuse is reported to be one of the most serious and detrimental public health issues in the United States. A clear sign that one is suffering from substance abuse is the inability to control usage, or being physically dependent on the substance. Many times a person who is drug or alcohol dependent is both physically and mentally addicted to the substance. This may cause the fear of never being able to obtain complete abstinence, or the fear of what will happen once completely off the substance. These feelings of hopelessness and fear are common in people seeking help.
There are a few phases an individual will go through when admitting they have an issue with drugs and alcohol. The first phase is called the pre-contemplation stage. This is when the individual starts to acknowledge they have an issue with drugs and alcohol but may not be ready to get seek help just yet. The individual will start to see the consequences as a direct result to their addiction or alcoholism. The second phase of admitting the person has a problem is Contemplation. During this phase the individual becomes more aware of their drug and alcohol abuse. They may start to see their poor decision making, inappropriate behaviors, or the negative consequences that are caused due to their addiction. Some may realize how the negative impact their addiction and actions have effected their family, friends, and other loved ones. During this stage the individual may still be hesitant to get the help they need. The third phase is the Preparation phase. This is when the individual begins to take responsibility and realizes that they are capable of changing their negative behaviors and actions. Many times during this phase the individual will start look into getting professional help. The final and forth phase is the Action phase. In the Action phase the person goes to get professional help.
Here are ten questions you can ask yourself, or a loved one who may be struggling with substance abuse:
The Bright Futures Treatment Center admissions team would be more than happy to speak with you. Whether it be about a loved one or yourself who may be struggling with substance abuse.
Here are ten questions you may yourself or a loved one who may be struggling from substance abuse:
- Do you operate a vehicle while under the influence?
- Has your physician told you that you have significant health problems due to your substance abuse?
- Has your family, friends and loved ones repeatedly suggested or asked you to stop using drugs or alcohol?
- Have you ever experienced severe symptoms of withdrawal when you attempt to stop using mind altering substances?
- You have ever been incarcerated due to decisions you have made while under the influence of mind altering substances?
- Have you ever caused significant pain to your family, friends or loved ones as a result of your substance abuse?
- Do you struggle keeping your job or have you ever been expelled from school due to your extensive substance abuse and behavior?
- Have you ever attempted to stop using mind altering substances, but are unsuccessful?
- Do you repeatedly lie to your family, friends and loved ones to hide your substance abuse, or as a result of your extensive use of drugs or alcohol?
- Have you ever wanted to, or are willing to stop using mind altering substance, but feel as if you cannot, and or do not know how to?
The Bright Futures Treatment Center admissions team, and substance abuse specialists would be more than happy to speak with you concerning yourself and or a loved one who is seeking professional help for affiliations with substance abuse.