The first step in treating substance use disorder is recognizing that a problem exists. This can often be the most difficult part for people with substance issues, as an addict’s brain makes it easy to rationalize destructive behaviors. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a substance abuse problem.
Signs of a Substance Abuse Problem
Here are a few common signs of substance use disorder, based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:
Inability to control the amount, length, or frequency of substance use, or to stop use altogether
Substance use interfering in personal responsibilities, relationships, and other activities
Continued substance use despite physical or mental health problems, or other consequences
Cravings for the substance or withdrawal symptoms if the substance use is stopped
If you recognize these signs in yourself or a loved one, it’s time to take action.
What to Do Next?
Once you’ve recognized an existing substance abuse problem in yourself or a loved one, the next question is – “what next?” It is important to be strategic with your approach as every person is different and some may not react well to a traditional intervention. The best thing you can do is contact a professional who can examine the situation and provide recommendations for moving forward – whether that be in-patient treatment, AA meetings, clinical intervention, or something else.
Contact the Team at Clarity Family Consulting
Are you struggling with addiction or substance use disorder? Or do you have a loved one dealing with these issues that you’re worried about? We are here to help! The team at Clarity Family Consulting specializes in assisting individuals and their loved ones achieve long-term success in sobriety. We offer clinical intervention, case management, sober companions, therapeutic transport, and other services geared at helping you attain and maintain sobriety. Contact us today to learn more about our full range of services and how we can help you through this difficult time.