For many people who have been in addiction treatment in New Jersey or administer addiction treatment in NJ, there is a term used to define the moment that acts as a jolting event that turns into a positive action to seek sober living in New Jersey for their addiction or addictive behavior. For people who suffer from addiction, there’s the idea that it’s manageable, that it will somehow never come to that ‘moment’ where something terrible happens, that they’ll never hit ‘rock bottom’ and so therefore there’s no reason to seek treatment.

The issue with ‘rock bottom’ however, is that this level is different for everyone and the addiction itself kind of is rock bottom. The rock bottom people normally refer to is an externalized event related to a substance use disorder. While people’s personal experiences are unique to the individual, often times these rock-bottom events have very common traits; hospital visits, near death experiences, estranged loved ones and family, losing custody of children, losing a job, losing a place to live, etc. The events are all centered around loss of either health, lifestyle or social circles and no matter what an addict tries to do to maintain these things, they’re all inevitable. Rock bottom as defined by treatment facilities in this regard, is inescapable and is a reality of substance use disorder.

For this reason alone, recognizing a problem early on and dealing with it before one of these events occurs is far more important when treating substance use disorder and early identification is paramount. As they say, it’s easier easier to keep a car running than to deal with fixing it when it breaks down on the freeway.  

Some early warning signs of addiction should be taken seriously and if you suspect that one or more of these symptoms have begun developing within your habits, it’s definitely recommended to talk to a specialist for diagnosis and possible treatment:

1.) Being secretive about your substance use. Either you are worried what someone will think or have already been put on notice and continue to use the substance despite the concern of someone you know having over your usage.

2.) Budgeting rearrangement to support substance use. Whether you’re rolling in the money or not, substance use disorder can cost a lot of money. If you notice a constant increase in how much spending on a substance is taking from your normal income, consider that trajectory as a possible sign of addiction.

3.) Risky behavior. Many substances inhibit decision making, putting people’s frame of reference for action out of proportion. For instance, people suffering from alcoholism will consistently put their life or other people’s life in danger behind the wheel without considering the consequences of their inhibited ability to drive. Frequently making this choice should be a warning sign.

4.) Rearranging Priorities. If you notice that your priorities either obligational or entertainment are being rearranged to include a substance or eliminated altogether to indulge, this signifies an addictive behavior and should be considered a red flag.

Discovery InstituteIf you think you may be exhibiting warning signs of addiction or know someone who may be developing an addiction, don’t hesitate to call Discovery Institute at 844-478-6563.


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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