A Cry for Help: Recognizing the Signs of Drug AddictionFew addicts have the clarity or judgment needed to recognize when they’ve crossed the line from drug abuse to addiction. The following signs of drug addiction are a call to action – a way for the addict to cry out for help even when they can’t recognize or understand the depth of the problem:
- Needing more of the drug to experience the original feelings of euphoria
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, nausea, shaking, sweating or depression when trying to quit drugs
- Feeling unable to control the amount or frequency of drug use
- Spending a great deal of time thinking about, obtaining and using drugs
- Trying to cut back or stop drug use without success
- Neglecting responsibilities at work, school or home
- Engaging in high-risk behavior such as driving under the influence or having unprotected sex
- Abandoning previously enjoyed hobbies and activities
- Having problems with relationships or the law as a result of drug use
- Continuing to use drugs in spite of negative consequences to health, family, career, finances and other areas of life
Recovery Is Not a Solitary Process
Some people who recognize the signs of addiction believe they can kick their drug habit on their own. In most cases, this only delays the recovery process and adds to the shame, frustration and pain the addict and their family already feel.
Once addiction takes hold, using drugs is no longer a choice, and quitting is not as simple as making a choice to stop. No matter how badly the addict wants to stop using drugs, their body, mind and spirit are being propelled down a destructive course. Recognizing one’s powerlessness over addiction and reaching out for help are the first steps toward healing.
Christian Drug Rehab Is Where True Recovery Begins
Withdrawal symptoms during detox frequently prevent the addict from staying clean and sober. The discomfort combined with intense drug cravings can overpower even the strongest will. In drug rehab, patients detox under the close supervision of a medical team using cutting-edge medications to minimize discomfort and prepare the addict to fully engage in their program of recovery.
But drug rehab is about much more than detox. Those who seek professional help for detox often return to drug abuse shortly after getting clean and sober. That’s because detox rids the body of chemicals but does not equip the addict with the skills for lasting recovery. The deeper work takes place during drug rehab, typically over a span of several weeks or months, with guidance from a team of experienced therapists and a close relationship with Christ.