Can You Recognize Signs of Drug Addiction?
By: Lakeview Health Staff
Published: September 30, 2016

The number of people who think of themselves as “recreational users” is astonishing. You could develop a serious problem if you don’t recognize the signs of drug addiction.

The Stats Don’t Lie

Many individuals suffer from drug addiction, but refuse to seek help. In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration conducted a study on substance abuse nationwide. Based on the results, almost 23 million Americans were suffering from an addiction to some type of a harmful substance. Only 2.5 million —or 9%— of those people sought treatment. These numbers alone should show that you’re not alone in your denial. However, you can live a better life if you get help.

The Signs of Drug Addiction

In order to avoid any confusion on your part, ask yourself these questions to help you recognize whether or not have an addiction.

  • Are you spending an inordinate amount of time and money looking for and using drugs?
  • Do you have constant work and social life conflicts?
  • Do lack of motivation to do things you used to enjoy?
  • Are financial problems causing you to borrow or steal to get drugs?
  • Are you experiencing a sudden onslaught of health issues related to your circulatory or nervous systems?

If you’re using drugs and experiencing any of these issues, you owe it to yourself to pause, and consider that you may have an addiction.

Where to Go When Signs of Drug Addiction Appear

If you need a place to go for help, consider Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida. With an emphasis on therapeutic and behavioral treatment methods for men and women, we help patients isolate problems and build coping skills to deal with them. As part of our full continuum of care, Lakeview Health also offers a medically monitored detox process, dual diagnosis treatment and a great four-day family therapy program designed to help patients build support within the family. Finally, a site-sponsored alumni program allows parting patients to stay connected and maintain their newly-acquired healthy habits. If you’re struggling with drug addiction, take action. Call Lakeview Health today at 866-704-7692. You might be taking the first step towards saving your own life.