When you consider it’s possible you may have a problem with drinking or drugs, the next consideration is ‘what are you going to do about it’?
Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself.
Do you need help to get clean from alcohol or drugs?
Decide for Yourself
When you stop using do you experience severe withdrawal symptoms? Generally speaking if you’re taking uppers (amphetamines, meth, cocaine, crack or other stimulants) you will feel down or depressed, you may experience feeling like your skin is crawling.
Downers on the other hand,A(lcohol, barbiturates or many sedative hypnotics like xanex or valium) will get things to increase on withdrawal. Heart rate, temperature and breathing may all be affected.
While many symptoms of withdrawal are not life threatening, some may be. If your health is otherwise compromised your situation could become complicated.
If you have any of these concerns check out our treatment referral resources.
to discover where you can find help near you.
Many simply need to connect with a group of people who are committed to sobriety.
The value of a group can be immeasurable. When you’re at your lowest others may be able to pick you up. When you’re up you actually benefit by helping others succeed.
Regardless, the fact you’ve made a decision to do something about your situation is a positive step in the right direction.
To be brutally honest with you, most people who succeed in recovery connect to a group to get their recovery on track.
One of the keys you need to think about when you decide which path is best for you has to do with how much denial you may still be in regarding your addiction.
Denial is your sobriety’s enemy. The more denial you hold on to the harder it will be to achieve addiction recovery.
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Written by Wendell Montney