Some people are more prone to get addicted to drugs and alcohol a lot easier than others and it can cause problems at home, school, work and in personal relationships. Often people think they use alcohol, recreational or prescription drugs without negative consequences, but the reality is quite different. Understanding addiction will give you better insight into the problem, will help family members understand it but most importantly, inform you about how best to deal with it. It is almost inevitable that you ask yourself at some point, am I addicted?

Although different drugs have different physical side effects the symptoms are similar. Consider these signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction, because identifying your problem can get you the help you need from a rehabilitation centre in Johannesburg or anywhere in South Africa:

  • You Take a Substance and Cannot Stop – You may have made at least one serious attempt to quit a substance but you were unsuccessful.
  • Withdrawal Symptoms – When your levels of a substance go below a certain level you experience physical and mood-related symptoms. These can include cravings, sudden mood swings, poor focus in tasks, depression, frustration, anger, bitterness or resentment.
  • You Continue Using Despite Poor Health – you might be aware of an illness but fail to get better because of your continued substance use.
  • Social and/or Recreational Sacrifices – you might turn down social or recreational invitations to attend others when you know certain substances will be available.
  • Dealing with Problems – You feel like you need a substance to help deal with problems in your life.
  • Denial – A significant number of people who are addicted to a substance are in denial. You may not be aware (or refuse to acknowledge) that you have a problem.
  • Neglect of Responsibilities – You are frequently late or miss work or school and your job performance deteriorates. You may also neglect your social or family obligations choosing your addiction over more important aspects of your life.
  • Financial Difficulties – Addicts will sacrifice a lot to ensure they have a supply of the substance they are addicted to. You could find yourself spending the majority of your income on a substance and neglecting bills, borrowing money from friends and family to fuel your habit.
  • Relationship Problems – Addiction can create relationship problems, which cause you to feel isolated, by convincing yourself that nobody loves or understands you.

These are some of the signs and symptoms of being addicted to drugs and alcohol and it will always escalate the longer you keep using. Addiction affects addicts in different ways, which will depend on your personality and surroundings. However, if you identify addiction signs and symptoms in your life, then you need to seek professional help. Speak to someone and get help by registering for a residential inpatient rehab programme. Addiction is difficult to beat or it wouldn’t be a problem, so once you have completed your rehabilitation programme you should consider a self-esteem workshop to help prevent a relapse.