Am I an addict? Am I an alcoholic?
Alcoholic treatment and addict treatment.
The question Am I an addict or Am I an alcoholic? is a difficult one to answer. If the answer is yes then we offer the best affordable alcoholic treatment and addict treatment so you will be well looked after. It’s never easy to accept and admit that you have a problem but it is not a weakness to accept it and do something about it. If you have got this far then there more than likely is a problem. Admitting it to yourself is a huge step and a difficult one but it’s the most important one if you are to move on and recover. People can go on for years in denial, finding rationalisations and explanations for their continued addiction to alcohol, drugs or other behavioural things. In simple terms, you just have to ask yourself two questions and these are:
- Can I just stop?
- When I stop, can I stay stopped?
If you answer No to either of these questions above, you are dependant on the substance or behaviour and clearly do have a problem.
Answer the questions below honestly and count up the number of yes’s as you go along. There is no shame in being an addict, in fact it is a courageous thing to do to face it and do something about it! If your addiction is alcohol simply replace ‘drugs’ with ‘alcohol’ in the questions. If it is a process addiction then replace ‘drugs’ with that addiction (i.e. Sex, Love, Gambling, Porn etc.).
1. Do you ever use alone?
2. Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that one particular drug was the problem?
3. Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs?
4. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to obtain drugs?
5. Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed?
6. Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?
7. Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs?
8. Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?
9. Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use?
10. Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?
11. Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?
12. Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?
13. Have you ever tried to stop or control your using?
14. Have you ever been in a jail, hospital, or drug rehabilitation centre because of your using?
15. Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?
16. Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?
17. Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs?
18. Do you ever question your own sanity?
19. Is your drug use making life at home unhappy?
20. Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs?
21. Have you ever felt defensive, guilty, or ashamed about your using?
22. Do you think a lot about drugs?
23. Have you had irrational or indefinable fears?
24. Has using affected your sexual relationships?
25. Have you ever taken drugs you didn’t prefer?
26. Have you ever used drugs because of emotional pain or stress?
27. Have you ever overdosed on any drugs?
28. Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?
29. Do you think you might have a drug problem?
(Questions based on Am I an Addict? This is NA Fellowship-approved literature. Copyright © 1983, 1988 by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All rights reserved.)
Am I an addict or Am I an Alcoholic is a question only you can answer because ultimately you are the only one who needs to be convinced and the hardest one to convince. If you answer ‘Yes’ to just three of these questions then the truth is you are an addict. Once you asked yourself again, Am I an addict, now the three simple things you must learn and take on board are these:
1. We have no control or power over addiction and this makes us unable to manage many aspects of our lives.
2. We are not responsible for our disease but have to take responsibility for the actions it has caused, we are responsible for our recovery.
3. We can no longer blame people, places, and things for our addiction. We must face our problems and our feelings. The ultimate weapon for recovery is the recovering addict.
Finally, now you’ve answered the question Am I an addict or indeed, Am I an Alcoholic, then the question is ‘What am I prepared to do about it?’. You can get help with our range of alcoholic treatment and addict treatment but again, this is entirely down to you, if you want recovery and work hard to achieve it, you will get it. The future beyond active addiction can be very bright and I personally now live a very happy and fulfilled life despite about 25 years of active addiction. Read more about that journey in my blog, it is certainly better now that the frightening, unpredictability of active drinking and using drugs. My experience with alcoholic treatment and addict treatment means that I have learnt from good and bad experiences and know the field inside out.
So, Am I an Alcoholic or Addict? What Addict Treatment and Alcoholic Treatment is available to help?
Now you’ve reached this stage, the best course of action is a period in residential rehabilitation. This gives you time away to think and asses your situation and also support in how to deal with your addiction and the issues beneath. Contact Us today and we will sort everything out for you.
Or oversea visitors visit CapeRecovery International and we will arrange a package suited to your individual needs.
So, if that has answered your question Am I an Addict or Am I an Alcoholic then get in touch and we will, as always, do everything we can to help you with our range of alcoholic treatment and addict treatment.