5 Signs You Might Need to Examine Your Relationship with Alcohol and/or Drugs

Written by Nancy

The line between substance use and substance abuse is a thin almost invisible one;  you think you have it all under control, so the substance use continues until that line is crossed and quickly you realized that you are dependent and can’t seem to find your way back across that line.

In the beginning, it is easy to mask strange behavior with excuses like “I’m a bit under the weather,” or “I’m too tired lately.” But as your addiction strengthens its control over you, it becomes increasingly difficult to explain away the questions about the addictive behavior you continue to exhibit to concerned friends and family.

Admitting that you have a problem to other people is hard enough, but the hardest part is admitting to your innermost self that you have a problem with alcohol and or drugs.  If these warning signs start to appear in your daily life; it is probably time to seek some type of professional help.

1. Your Finances Are Falling

A telltale sign that your drinking and/or using are becoming a problem is that you start struggling financially. You increasingly start spending more and more money to facilitate your increasing dependence on drinking or substance use. This is one of the first signs that you are neglecting your other financial responsibilities, such as supporting your family or paying the bills. You may have come to a point where you’ve even started taking out loans for more money. If you’re having trouble making ends meet, then it’s a warning sign.

2. Relationship Problems

No matter how much you try to hide it, at one point, those close to you will start noticing your behavior changes, isolation, in some cases, extreme physical changes and start having doubts of their own about what is going on with you. In most cases, an addict’s families and friends can see the problem even before they do.  The mental fog and disconnect from reality that alcohol and drugs have on you can make it hard to see how serious the issue is becoming but those concerned about you can spot the issue. When confronted, you can get defensive or irritated, aggressive even. In the grips of dependency or addiction, your loved ones can start to seem like your enemies.

3. Risky Behavior

Alcohol and drugs have an immediate effect on your cognitive thinking and lowers your inhabitations. It can prompt you to indulge in risky, unsafe behavior that you wouldn’t be doing if you were sober. Activities that your rational mind resists will start to seem more tempting while under the influence. It can include anything from sharing needles and stealing to possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, having unprotected sex, or getting high while on the job.

4. Withdrawal Symptoms

Before your mind realizes it, your body’s tolerance for alcohol and/or drugs begins to build.  This means that you need more and more of that substance to feel the effects produced.  This tolerance leads to physical dependence, where your body craves the substance to the extent that you will begin to show withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms, depending on the substance, may include restlessness, hyperactivity, defensiveness, resentfulness, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, shakes, chills, sweats, seizures, and even psychotic behavior.

5. You Suspect Something’s Wrong

If you had it under control, you wouldn’t be thinking about whether you have a problem or not. That nagging doubt in the back of your mind along with the physical withdrawal you begin to experience is a good indicator that you may have crossed that invisible line into substance use dependence.  Realizing that you cannot stop by yourself, will hopefully be enough to give you the open mindedness and willingness you must have to seek the help you need. Whether it’s a passing feeling or a strengthening suspicion, follow up on it and get the help you need.

Suffering from Substance Use Disorder doesn’t make you a bad person or a weak person.  You are not a bad person trying to get good; you are a sick person trying to get well. Admitting to yourself that you have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs is very difficult, but it is the first step towards your journey to recovery.  Choosing to move into a transitional sober living, such as Life Launch, , after residential treatment, will give you the best chance at learning to live a life alcohol and drug free in long-term recovery.

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About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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