I Need Drug Rehab – Now What?

Written by Chloe Nicosia

I Need Drug Rehab – How to Be Sure and Where to Find Help

A national survey of adults in the United States revealed that while roughly 10 percent of people have had a drug use disorder in their life, 75 percent reported that they didn’t receive any form of treatment. For the addict, it often becomes clear that there is a need for treatment due to the problems that seem to multiply in their work, schooling, family, mental and physical health, and social life; however, the disease of addiction often causes people to actively avoid getting help in any form. Have you come to conclusion “I need drug rehab” or are you considering getting treatment? In this article, we will examine the signs that rehab may be the best solution for you and what to do once you reach that point.

How can you identify a drug addict? Click here to learn the common signs of addiction.

Is My Addiction Bad Enough?

As an addict, it may be easy to put aside any thoughts that would prevent you from continuing your substance abuse. You may still be maintaining your job and taking care of your responsibilities and may question if you really need rehab or whether you can carry on maintaining your substance abuse with seemingly minimal consequence.

In truth, addiction is a progressive disease that is categorized by the inability to control the quantity of drugs you abuse and many addicts are unable, due to dependence on the drug, to stop or even slow down. When dependence forms, a person’s brain becomes rewired and function can change as the body and brain adapts to the constant presence of the drug. Due to the learned behavior where the system that controls reward is affected, making the person feel rewarded for abusing drugs and prompting them to want to continue to be rewarded, it’s easy to sweep any negative effects aside.

Is my addiction bad enough? Do I need drug rehab? These are some of the question that you might be pondering when faced with the aftereffects of substance abuse, and the problems that it causes in your life. The fact of the matter is that addiction is a mental disorder and in any other chronic, relapsing disease like addiction, treatment wouldn’t be second guessed, such as if a person had diabetes or hypertension – chronic disease with similar relapse rates as addiction has. The fact that there is an addiction and drug-seeking behavior that seems to be uncontrollable means that it has already escalated to the point where physical and behavioral changes have taken place that may be clouding your judgement, and it can only get worse from here if there aren’t drastic changes made.

Signs It’s Time to Go to Rehab: The DSM-V Criteria

In order to reach the point where you can safely say “I need drug rehab”, we will now explore the signs it’s time to go to rehab. The DSM-V is the standard diagnostic manual used in the United States to diagnose mental disorders such as substance use disorder – the clinical term that describes addiction, substance abuse, and substance dependence.

Do I need drug rehab? The best way to determine this for yourself is to honestly answer the 11 questions in the DSM-V that relates to the varying levels of substance use disorder. Based on the number of questions you answer “yes” to for the last 12 months of your life, then you either have a mild, moderate, or severe addiction.

  • Mild addiction – By answering “yes” to at least 2 of the questions.
  • Moderate addiction – By answering “yes” to at least 4 of the questions.
  • Severe addiction – By answering “yes” to at least six 6 of the questions.

The DSM-V questions to determine the level of substance use disorder present are as follows:

    1. Do you have a desire to slow down or stop the abuse of alcohol or drugs, but attempts are unsuccessful?
    2. Do you often take more of the substance that you initially intended to, or does your substance abuse often carry on for longer than you planned?
    3. Do you get cravings or a strong desire to drink more alcohol or take more drugs?
    4. Is much of your time spent on the things necessary to get more of the substance, to use the substance, or to recover from taking the substance?
    5. Are there recurrent interpersonal or social problems that is worsened or caused by the abuse of the substance?
  1. Is your substance abuse interfering with your ability to take care of your major responsibilities related to your family, home, or work?
  2. Do you often drive under the influence of a substance, have unprotected sex, or get yourself in physically dangerous situations because of your substance abuse?
  3. Have you started to neglect or completely ignore things you once enjoyed in favor of substance abuse, such as hobbies or social events?
  4. Is using the regular amount of the substance no longer giving you the same effect, or have you started to increase your dose to get the same effect?
  5. Despite being aware of physical and mental health problems that may be caused or worsened by the abuse of alcohol or drugs, do you carry on abusing it anyways?
  6. Do you experience classic withdrawal symptoms related to the substance you abuse when you haven’t had any of it recently, or do you take another similar substance in order to avoid the symptoms? Symptoms may include anxiety, insomnia, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, depression and many more depending on the abused substance.

By carefully and honestly answering the above-mentioned questions, you will have the answer to whether you need professional help or not. It’s important to note that addiction tends to become worse over time, and getting help for a mild addiction will be easier than getting help for a severe addiction.

I Need Drug Rehab – Where Should I Look?

If you have reached the point where you realize that you need help for your abuse of alcohol or drugs to prevent further problems, then rest assured that it is a very treatable disease, and there’s more help out there than you realize.

The easiest way for you to get help for addiction is to get in touch with Better Addiction Care at 1-800-429-7690 where you will be put through to a rehab advisor. They will then help you to find the nearest rehab, or out-of-state options, that match your particular needs and means. Don’t let addiction steal another day from you, or your loved ones. Contact us today.

Sources:

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/10-percent-us-adults-have-drug-use-disorder-some-point-their-lives

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-use-addiction-basics