There are various treatments available for drug addiction including residential drug rehabs, 12 step support groups, outpatient and online counselling.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ADDICTED TO DRUGS?
This is a question many of our clients ask themselves?
There are many quizzes online that give an insight into this however these are very general and our advice is to always seek professional help around this with an experienced addictions counsellor in your area or online.
We have included a basic one below which may give more indication as to whether there is a potential problem however further investigation should be sought. In the end, if you or one of your family members feel there is a problem, or even if you just want to talk with a professional, and don’t think there is anything wrong with your drinking and drug use, we are happy to work with you.
Our many years’ experience with drug addiction and substance abuse tells us that if you answer yes to more than one of our self-test questions it is almost certain that your drug or substance use is no longer social and just a bit of fun with no consequences:
In many cultures “heavy drinking” or even being a “functioning” alcoholic is often more socially acceptable than someone who is addicted to drugs.
The label drug addict often has huge negative connotations. If you were to ask most people to give their opinion on what a drug addict is they will probably come up with their own interpretation which may include drug gangs, criminals or intravenous heroin users.
THERE ARE MANY COMPONENTS TO DENIAL RELATING TO DRUG ADDICTION BUT IN SIMPLE TERMS DENIAL CAN BE ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING
Addiction does not discriminate and drug addiction can affect people from all walks of life; people with good upbringings, working class, celebrities, pensioners, business owners, students.
Anyone can fall victim to addiction and it is a lonely desperate place to be seeking help from the depths of despair that addiction can take people.
The disease of addiction is progressive, chronic and fatal and depending where you or your loved one are in the addiction cycle there are, and will be many ‘not yets’ to come assuming you, or they ,don’t die as a result of their addiction.
Now it may take some reframing of yours or your friend, family member or loved one’s belief system to accept that they are a drug addict and not only need help but are willing to accept it.
They are obviously more than just a drug addict and are likely to have so much potential in life and within the family system – but drug addiction not only destroys the person – it can also destroy those around them.
Denial is a very common term when talking about those suffering with addiction.
WHAT DOES DENIAL MEAN IN RELATION TO ADDICTION?
There are many components when it comes to being in denial around addiction or substance abuse but in simple terms denial can be one or more of the following:
- Refusal to seek help
- Denying the severity of the problem that everything is under control
- Denying the problem even exists
Denial is one of (if not the) largest barrier and obstacle that stops drug addicts or alcoholics seeking help. Experience has shown if a client breaks through their denial in rehab then they have a chance of living a clean and sober life.
There are many denial dialogues which the individual will tell themselves or others. The worst part of denial is that the individual has often become so deluded during their active addiction that they truly believe the lies they tell themselves or their friends, family and loved ones to be true.
HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES YOU MAY HAVE TOLD YOURSELF OR HAVE HEARD FROM YOUR FRIEND, FAMILY OR LOVED ONE:
“I’m not a drug addict, I’ve never taken heroin”
“I only smoke pot and it helps me relax”
“Everyone does coke it’s everywhere”
“Our country has a drinking culture”
“I only drink beer not hard liquor”
“I can stop anytime”
“I’m not as bad as such and such”
“I only drink/use drugs to help me get to sleep.”
“I only smoke Heroin I would never inject” (The same person probably once said I would never ever take heroin)
“I’m medically prescribed marijuana.”
Addiction has many underlying issues that can only be addressed when the individual
- Admits there is a problem
- Accepts help
- Stops using all drugs and remains abstinent
The specific drug is not the issue but the negative consequences are catastrophic no matter what the drug is.
All addictions share the same three traits:
Or another way to look at it for those who don’t believe they are “that bad” their drug use is:
Fun with problems
Problems & Negative consequences
The solution like any addiction is to recognise that the addictive substance behaviour is just a symptom of something deeper and to work with the person as a whole.
At How to Treat Addiction we are able to help with all types of drug addiction treatment whether that be alcohol dependency (a drug in liquid form), cocaine abuse, heroin or crystal meth addiction to name just a few of the most common drugs.
With many drug treatment services available both online and in your local area we recommend you visit our site choosing the right treatment page