If you can’t stop taking a drug/drinking alcohol even if you want to, or if the urge to use drugs/drinking alcohol is too strong to control, even if you know it’s causing harm, you might be addicted. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, you might have an addiction.
People from all backgrounds can get an addiction.
Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young.
Repeated drugs/alcohol use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that enable you to exert self-control. These and other changes can be seen clearly in brain imaging studies of people with drugs/alcohol addictions. These brain changes explain why quitting is so difficult, even if you feel ready.
Asking for help is the first important step.
Visiting your doctor for a possible referral to treatment is one way to do it.
You can ask if he or she is comfortable discussing drugs/alcohol abuse screening and treatment.
If not, ask for a referral to another doctor. You can also contact an addiction specialist.
There are around 3,500 board-certified physicians who specialize in addiction in the United States.
It takes a lot of courage to seek help for a drugs/alcohol problem because there is a lot of hard work ahead.
However, treatment can work, and people recover from addiction every day. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully.
Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful, disruptive effects on brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.
If you or your medical specialist decides you can benefit from substance abuse treatment, you have many options. You can call this helpline and get some advice on how to proceed: (855) 839-8234.
You can also search the following directories to find board-certified addiction specialists near you. We recommend that you search both directories.
Your health insurance may cover substance abuse treatment services.
You can call treatment centers in advance and ask about payment options and what insurance plans they take. You can call the treatment helpline at (855) 839-8234 to ask about treatment centers that offer low- or no-cost treatment. You can also contact your state substance abuse agency.
A note on health insurance for veterans: If the person needing treatment is a veteran or is covered by health benefits for veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help you find VA services near you.
Treatment approaches must be tailored to address each patient’s drugs/alcohol abuse pattern and also his or her drugs/alcohol-related medical, psychiatric, and social problems. Some treatment centers offer outpatient treatment programs, which allows you to continue to perform some of your daily responsibilities. However, some people do better in inpatient (residential) treatment. An addiction specialist can advise you about your best options. Talk to treatment centers to help you find the best treatment program for your needs.
The first step in treatment is “detox,” which helps patients to remove all of the drugs from their system. This is important, because drugs impair the mental abilities you need to stay in treatment. When patients first stop abusing drugs, they can experience a variety of physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders; restlessness; and sleeplessness. Treatment centers are very experienced in helping you get through this process and keeping you safe. Depending on what drug you are addicted to, there may also be medications that will make you feel a little better during drug withdrawal, which makes it easier to stop using.
It is very possible you need to find treatment for both depression and addiction. This is very common. It’s called “comorbidity,” “co-occurrence,” or “dual diagnosis” when you have more than one health problem at the same time. It is important that you discuss all of your symptoms and behaviors with your doctor. There are many nonaddictive drugs that can help with depression or other mental health issues. Sometimes health care providers do not communicate with each other as well as they should, so you can be your own best advocate and make sure all of your health providers know about all of the health issues that concern you. People who have co-occurring issues should be treated for all of them at the same time.
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