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How to Recognize Addiction

During the month of September, we are shining a light on journeys to recovery. Until the problem of addiction is recognized, recovery can’t happen. 

Whether you fear your substance use is out of control or believe a loved one is exhibiting concerning behavior, there are ways to know when use has turned into abuse. 

Signs of addiction

While signs and symptoms differ between individuals and each addictive disorder, there is one to always be aware of: problematic patterns of substance use. A person with substance use disorder finds it difficult to control impulses, begins accommodating their life for their substance of choice, and engages in risky behaviors. 

Addiction impacts the psychological, physical, and social parts of a person’s life. 

Some psychological symptoms include:

  • An inability to stop using the substance
  • Use and abuse of substances despite health problems
  • Coping with problems and stressors through use
  • Obsession with the substance
  • Risky behavior

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Appetite changes
  • Damage or disease from using the substance
  • Sleeplessness
  • Change in appearance
  • Increased tolerance

Social effects usually include: 

  • Dropping hobbies and activities 
  • Maintaining a good supply of the substance, regardless of finances
  • Secrecy and solitude
  • Denial
  • Legal issues

Finding treatment for yourself

If you recognize signs of addiction in your life, judgment-free help is out there. The first steps are always the hardest, but at Valley Oaks Health, we will be with you until recovery is reality.

When you walk into Valley Oaks, our staff will welcome you with open arms and set you on the right path forward. A therapist will take the time to listen to your story and hear your concerns.

Our Comprehensive Assessment Phase will take into consideration your entire story and circumstances, finding the right diagnosis and assembling a team to approach your care plan.

Finally, we’ll put your unique care plan into action. Treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all, and we want to make sure your plan works for you. It’s the only way to find true recovery.

Encouraging treatment for others

Watching addiction take over someone you love is painful. Approaching them with love and compassion can be challenging, especially if their disorder adversely impacts your own quality of life. But treatment is available for them and healing is possible for you. 

If you’re ready to have that conversation about addiction, you can find resources here.

You are not alone in this journey. Support is available. 

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