It can be difficult to determine whether or not your casual drinking has become something more serious, especially given the disease of addiction operates on your mind to warp your perspective in order to shield itself from scrutiny. The insidious nature of addiction also lends itself to masking your having developed a substance abuse disorder, as the gradual buildup of effects on your mind, body, and life pass by unnoticed. Let us help you see clearly through the uncertainty - take this brief seven question true or false quiz so you can better determine whether or not you have developed a substance abuse disorder:
True or False
You drink at home alone a few times a month.
You have had a DUI arrest in the past.
You find yourself drinking as a means to relieve the stresses of the day.
You have gotten into an argument with a loved one as a result of your drinking.
You have tried illegal narcotics while intoxicated.
You have called in sick to work due to being too hungover/drunk to function.
You have stopped enjoying a favorite hobby or pastime and instead find yourself drinking.
If you answered true to two or more of these questions, there is a good chance you have developed a substance abuse disorder. This may sound scary, and it is certainly a serious issue, but there are things you can do to recover from this mental disorder! The first and most important step is to acknowledge that alcohol and/or drugs have become an issue for you, and to seek outside help with your substance abuse disorder. In communities across the United States and, indeed, the globe, there are 12-step recovery clubhouses where AA and NA groups meet throughout the day. These are excellent resources to help you answer any questions you may have about your drinking/drug use, and how you can course correct away from active addiction and into sobriety. Depending on the severity and progression of your addiction, you may need to seek admission to a medical treatment facility in order to successfully detox from your substance of choice.
You should speak to a professional in order to determine whether or not medical detox is advisable for your specific situation - at Evolutions, our Admissions Counselors are available around the clock to help you with these important decisions with which you are grappling. It is especially crucial for you to determine the safest course of action for your detox, as withdrawal from alcohol and certain other drugs can be life-threatening. Call the Evolutions Admissions Counselors any time at 833-818-3031 so we may help you navigate the world of recovery so you can put your best foot forward as you begin your transition to sobriety!