HAS DRUG OR ALCOHOL USE NEGATIVELY IMAPACTED YOUR WORK,RELATIONSHIPS,EDUCATION,FINANCES,HEALTH OR SENSE OF SELF?
DO YOU TEXT YOURSELF TO PROVE DRINKING/USING IS NOT A PROBLEM?
Do you say things like: “If I don’t drink/use for a week or if I cut down that means I don’t have a problem?” DO you doctor shop to get more prescription medication? Has anyone expressed concern about your use? When it comes to stopping do you find yourself powerless? Has your use led you to do things you never thought you could? Have you ever thought of getting treatment? If you answer yes to any of these questions you may have a serious addiction.
Few people ever start out to become addicted.In the beginning substance use may be a way to relax,have fun or forget about everything for awhile.Yet overtime,using can become compulsive and impact physical,mental,and spirtual health,destory family relationship, and demoralize all who touched by it.What used to offer temporary relief now exacerbates the problem and causes shame.
Prolonged substance use impacts brain chemistry and our physiology.it is not about will power or being weak.The body’s tissues begin to adapt to the substance requiring more to get the desired effect.The brain sends out intense signals to use the substance.These are cravings.Parts of the brain no longer work at optimal level so judgement,impulse control and behavior become effected.In short,peoples’lives fall apart.click here for brain imaging studies of substance abuse.