It can be hard to admit you’re addicted to something when you’re right in the middle of it. Nights of partying on the Jersey Shore and going to get-togethers at a friend’s house are a lot of fun, so it can be hard amidst all of the fun to recognize something might be off, that something’s rotten in the middle of it. Whether it’s alcohol, slowly creeping into a dependency, or anti-anxiety pills you pop before a party, or something harder, more dangerous, the risks are far greater than any temporary high. So what do you do then, if dependence is sneaking its way into your otherwise good life? It’s important to recognize and deal with this problem before it does real damage.


What’s the First Step?

Discovery InstituteIn order to really affect change in yourself, you have to recognize the truth. Admitting you have a problem is just as strenuous as any that comes after it, because the human mind is great at rationalizing things away. Words like “It was just a one-time thing” or “I’m not addicted, I only do this when I go out” or even “I don’t overdo it, and I don’t do it often enough for it to count” are all just excuses the mind has to avoid doubt and self-blame. Of course, for some this is easier than the step after: seeking help. Knowing there’s a problem is useless if the problem isn’t acted on.


What Kind of Help is There?

Most medical facilities have some kind of experience or contact info for a detox center. If you’re in NJ, detox centers are riddled all around, so chances are you won’t have to drive or commute far. The best way to detox is in a bed at the center itself, but between waitlists and the need to make money, this isn’t always doable. The next best option is to detox at home, but if you got addicted or have the substance at your living place, it might do more harm than good. A nice medium is to take a vacation to a detox center, maybe near family out of town, and go there. That way you’re detoxing from basically a fresh start. Once you get home though, make sure to keep clean and find a support structure.


If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs or alcohol and needs help, contact us 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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