How to Know if I’m Addicted

How to Know if I’m Addicted

Drugs, alcohol, and even video games are all common addictions in today’s society. While some vices may be harmless, others can turn into full-blown addictions that can cause serious devastation. Being aware of the signs of an addiction early on is vital so that you can address the issue head-on and get the help you need. But how do you know if you’re addicted? In this article, we’ll share some invaluable information that you can use to determine whether or not you have developed an addiction and provide guidance for getting the help you need.

How to Know if I’m Addicted

What is Addiction?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand what addiction is. You can’t identify or correct something if you don’t know what it is. That being said, addiction is a complex condition that entails the compulsive use of substances or the engagement in activities that promote rewarding stimuli, regardless of the negative consequences or side effects.

It can manifest in a variety of ways, ranging from substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, and even food), to behavioral addictions including (gambling, video gaming, and social media use). Being aware of the nature of addiction is the first and most critical step in recognizing whether or not you have a problem.

Behavioral Changes

A noticeable behavior change in our everyday life is one of the first signs of addiction. If you or someone you love is exhibiting serious changes in behavior – routines, social interactions, or personal habits and mood swings– it could be a sign of a problem.

For instance, if you or a family member was once outgoing may become reserved and withdrawn from friends. Someone who is usually responsible may be slacking off at work, school, or in other situations.

Increased Tolerance

Those who are dealing with addiction often experience increased tolerance levels for the problematic substance or behavior. To illustrate, someone who is addicted to alcohol may find that they need to drink greater amounts over time to experience the same effects.

If you find that you need more of something to feel the same way that you used to when you initially started using a substance, engaging in an activity, or dealing with the inability to stop, it’s time to take a closer look. You could be suffering from an addiction.

Loss of Control

Loss of control over a substance or behavior is one of the primary defining characteristics associated with addiction. A constant cycle of cravings and withdrawal symptoms is often associated with this. It can have significant impacts on you and cause health problems.

If you’ve tried to cut back on using a substance or stop engaging in an activity but find your attempts have failed, that’s a  cause for concern.

Changes in Relationships

It’s not uncommon for those who are suffering from addiction to experience changes in their relationships. Often, relationships with a spouse, family members, friends, and even colleagues can be impacted, and the impact can be quite profound.

If your use of a substance or engagement in an activity has caused disruptions in your personal or professional life, you should evaluate your situation and seek professional support.

Final Thoughts

Addiction can be challenging; however, recognizing the signs of a problem is the first step in getting the help that you need. With the right support and guidance, you can successfully overcome your addiction. You can regain control of your life and find your happiness and purpose again.

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