Many people struggle with identifying addiction within themselves. Addiction is often defined as when drug has more control over a person than the person has over the drug. Admitting something has control over life takes courage and many times an unlikely revelation when first starting to acknowledge change may be needed. Here are some other questions which are easier to relate to which may assist in determining if drugs is a concern:
- Do you ever use alone?
- Have you substituted one drug for another?
- Have you taken one drug to overcome the effects of another drug?
- Do you avoid people or places that you use to enjoy because of the disapproval of drug use?
- Have you ever been unsuccessful at cutting back or stopping the use of a drug?
- Do you use more of a drug than you planned?
- Have you ever gotten into trouble as a result of using a drug?
- Have you ever lied about using a drug or how much you have used?
- Have you loss any relationships due to the use of drugs?
- Have you ever used drugs to make you feel better about a situation or to help you calm down?
- Do you continue to use a drug despite negative consequences?
- Do you have family or friends who have said you need to cut back or stop using?
- Do you have to use more of the drug to get the same effect as before?
- Have you ever forgotten things you did or said while using?
- Has your job or school performance deteriorated since you have started the drug?
Declaring a drug is a problem in life is the beginning of recognizing the power of the drug. By being honest and seeking help, one can start regaining control of their life.
Tia Parsley, LPC, LCDC