How Can I Tell If I’m Addicted?

Many ideas explain when drug abuse becomes addiction, so people who use addictive substances find it difficult to determine if they are actually addicts.

For example, alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances, partially because most societies accept its use, so alcoholism is difficult to identify precisely. Sometimes, people who abuse alcohol in high quantities believe that addiction only applies to the use of illegal drugs or some other kind of narcotics

, but alcoholism is a serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as it is detected. Learn the signs of alcoholism to determine if your substance abuse has crossed the line.

Alcoholism Signs and the Importance of Detecting Them

To identify alcoholism, you must first find a definition of addiction that is accurate and easy to understand. Simply put, addiction is a compulsion to use drugs so the user can feel normal, but an addict will continue using in spite of the negative consequences to her and her loved ones’ lives. In other words, an addict usually ignores the consequences of her addiction as long as the practice goes uninterrupted.

Here are some common signs of alcoholism:

  • Binge drinking (consuming high amounts of alcohol in a short period of time)
  • Becoming intoxicated several times a week
  • Needing alcohol to enjoy free time
  • Financial problems due to constantly buying alcohol
  • Having the reputation of being a heavy drinker
  • Family problems for constantly being drunk
  • Legal repercussions or arrests due to drinking
  • Constantly needing an available supply of alcohol

One or more of these signs can indicate alcoholism. If someone continues drinking despite negative consequences—such as losing his job or even being accused of family violence—then the addiction has reached dangerous levels.

People who might relate to these and other signs of alcoholism should seek help as soon as possible. Addiction is a disease that only gets worse with time, so, the longer you wait to treat it, the harder it will be to recover. Addiction help is available in various settings and modalities, and all of them can address your needs while providing a program of recovery from addiction. Seek help as soon as possible to begin recovery.

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