Determining if a person needs help with addiction is pretty clear cut; anyone that finds themselves addicted to a dangerous substance needs to seek help immediately. Failure to deal with one’s substance dependency will only serve to make their addiction worse.  If a person is asking themselves, “Do I need help with my addiction?” The answer is yes. Here is how to tell if someone needs help:

  • They are having serious problems at work or school. When someone’s daily routine is affected by the use of any substance, it is time to seek help.
  • They are getting themselves into legal trouble as a result of their addiction.
  • Their personal relationships are suffering from issues such as domestic violence.

Physical Symptoms

Physical symptoms are the biggest indicator in determining how bad a person’s dependency on a substance has become. These are the biggest physical symptoms of addiction:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Drastic changes in sleep or appetite patterns
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty speaking clearly

If you witness these symptoms in a loved one, that person needs to seek help with their addiction.

Personality Changes

Changes in personality can be quite drastic in someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. They may start out as small changes that others may just chalk up to stress. However, they can ultimately end up ruining a person’s career and relationships. Drastic personality changes should never be taken lightly because they can sometimes be the first sign of addiction.

Emotional Turmoil

Being addicted to a harmful substance can also cause a great deal of emotional turmoil in a person’s life. This can lead to people making reckless decisions that will not only hurt themselves but those around them as well. When someone is experiencing emotional turmoil, they may begin to think “I need help with my addiction,” or they may just go into denial. If a person reaches the stage where they are denying what is happening to them, they are in dangerous territory and need to seek immediate help with addiction. Loved ones should step in and assist the addict in understanding and accepting that they need professional help to beat their addiction, no matter what that substance dependency happens to be.

How do I know if I Need Help with Addiction?

Ideally, a person should get help with addiction before it becomes so severe that it threatens their life. However, most addicts do not seek help as soon as they should.

Helping an addict through this tough time in their life is something their loved ones should do. After all, by the time a person asks themselves “Do I need help with my addiction?” they should have gotten that help already.

If you or a loved one is beginning to ask this question, it’s time to give us a call at the Discovery Institute: (800) 714-2175.  With over forty years experience, we can help you to overcome your addiction.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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