Addiction is not something that happens overnight. Substance use disorders typically develop over time. It can be difficult to tell when drinking crosses the line from casual to problematic. This can also make it more challenging for individuals or their loved ones to recognize when treatment is necessary. A person does not have to hit “rock bottom” before seeking treatment; the choice can be made at any time. There are several signs that addiction treatment may be right for you:

1. Drugs and/or alcohol have become your primary focus.

Is your time spent thinking about the next time you can have a drink or sneak away to use drugs? Are you uncomfortable in situations where you’re unable to engage in substance use? When drugs or alcohol are top on your mind and you have trouble focusing on other responsibilities or having a good time with friends and family, this can be a red flag.

2. Substance use is affecting your relationships.

Addiction can put a strain on relationships due to changes in attitude and behavior, financial troubles, lack of accountability, secrecy, and more.

3. You are tired of the way you feel.

Substance use can leave you feeling tired, sick, or hungover. You may experience the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms when you go too long without use. This can quickly put a damper on your enjoyment of everyday life.

4. You have tried unsuccessfully to quit on your own.

Have you tried to stop on your own but returned to active substance use a few days or weeks later? Professional treatment can help you achieve long-term recovery.

5. You make excuses for you use or to cover up the effects.

Trying to downplay the amount or frequency of substance use, or making excuses in light of consequences can be another sign of addiction.

Seacliff provides comprehensive treatment for substance use disorders and can guide you in turning your life around. Get back to doing what you truly enjoy and feeling good about it without the influence of drugs or alcohol. Addiction treatment can change your life for the better and empower you over your future.

If you notice any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, contact Seacliff today to learn more about our comprehensive addiction treatment programs.
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