According to the CDC, in 2021, Statistics indicate that there were an estimated
100,306 drug overdose deaths in the United States. Millions of people struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Whether your substance abuse hasn’t really affected your job or relationships, or your addiction has had severe consequences on every aspect of your life, therapy can help you gain back control.
Do you turn to drugs or alcohol when you feel anxious or depressed? Do you want a better life, but don’t know what to do? Do you use drugs or alcohol to cope with everyday life? Do you feel like you’re at the end of your rope? These are all common feelings people experience when they struggle with addiction.
Signs of Substance Use/Addiction
Changes in personality and behavior like a lack of motivation, irritability, and agitation.
Bloodshot eyes, Shakes, tremors, or slurred speech.
Change in their daily routines.
Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits.
Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
Frequently getting into legal trouble, including fights, accidents, illegal activities, and driving under the influence.
Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or home, including neglecting one's children.
Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
Unexplained need for money or financial problems. May borrow or steal money.
Using drugs under dangerous conditions (driving while using drugs, using dirty needles, having unprotected sex).
Increased drug tolerance (the need to use more of the drug to experience the same effects one used to achieve with smaller amounts).
Misusing drugs to avoid or relieve withdrawal symptoms (nausea, restlessness, insomnia, depression, sweating, shaking, anxiety).
Loss of control over drug misuse (using more than intended, unable to stop).
Life revolves around drug use (always thinking of using, figuring how to get more, or recovering from use).
Abandoning enjoyable activities (hobbies, sports, and socializing) to use drugs.
Continuing to use regardless of negative consequences (blackouts, infections, mood swings, depression, paranoia).