Think you can stop drinking or using drugs any time you like? A lot of people who are addicted say that sort of thing. In fact, a lot of addicts actually can stop any time. The trouble is, they start using again almost immediately. Quitting drugs, especially addictive opiate painkillers, is not a comfortable process. Doing it alone is pretty much bound for failure. If you really, really want to quit and stay quit this time, please talk to us about your drug and alcohol treatment options.
How did it happen?
Many people who find themselves addicted to drugs or alcohol wonder how in the world it ever happened to them. A lot of well meaning people mistakenly believe that addiction only happens to other people. They think it won’t happen to them, if they only ‘experiment’ or try ‘just a few’ of their friend’s prescription pain pills. Well, it’s a lot more complicated than that. Anyone who takes certain medications for any length of time is setting themselves up for addiction.
Overcoming addiction is more than a matter of will power or moral principals, explains the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Addictive drugs actually alter the way the brain behaves, and that’s what makes quitting so hard. Fortunately, recent research gives drug and alcohol treatment centers such as America’s Rehab Campuses new medicines and therapies that make quitting easier than it ever was before.
Are you addicted?
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence offers a checklist of questions that anyone can use to verify their own addiction.
- Do you use drugs other than those required for medical reasons?
- Do you use more prescription drugs than recommended?
- Do you need a new prescription before the due date?
- Can you make it through one week without drugs?
- Have you ever had a blackout?
- Does your spouse complain about your drug use? Do your friends?
- Have you been in trouble at work or school because of drugs?
- Have you gotten into fights while intoxicated?
- Do you engage in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?
- Have you ever been arrested for drug possession?
- Do you feel sick when you don’t have drugs in your system?
- Have you tried more than once to quit but failed?
This is by no means an all inclusive list, but those questions are important for anyone who thinks they may be facing addiction. If you answered ‘yes’ to more than two of the above questions, please contact America’s Rehab Campuses. It won’t cost a penny, and talking to a compassionate counselor won’t obligate you in any way. We’re here to help, not judge. If anyone can help you come to terms and deal with addiction in a resort-style atmosphere, it’s us. Our drug and alcohol treatment center in Tucson has helped many people make positive adjustments to their lifestyle and go on the lead productive lives.
When you’re ready to stop making excuses and start feeling a whole lot better, call America’s Rehab Campus at 833-272-7342.