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How Do I Know if I Need Help with Recovery? Signs, Symptoms, and Hope


How Do I Know if I Need Help with Recovery? Signs, Symptoms, and Hope

For the vast majority of addicts and alcoholics, the red flags apparent to friends and family go unnoticed to the user. Are you unsure if you’re suffering with substance abuse? If you already know, you also need to know there is help and compassionate recovery options available to you, and support for your loved ones no matter how grim your situation may feel right now.

Here are some signs you may need substance abuse recovery assistance. Below are some common thoughts people with addiction privately think. Under each of these statements are responses with helpful information.

“I used to drink a lot without any issues, but now it’s having effects on my personal and professional life.”

Alcoholism is not about how much or how often you drink, per se, but about the impacts drinking has on your health, relationships, and job. It has nothing to do with your age, whether you’re a man or a woman, or your socioeconomic status. If you feel like you’ve been “missing in action” in your own life because of heavy drinking or potential alcoholism, recovery is something to seriously consider — and it’s completely within reach at Luminance, where we accept nearly all insurance types. There is a way to get your life back and begin to thrive again.

Key symptoms of alcohol abuse include:

  • Hiding or lying about how much you’re drinking
  • Attempting to quit drinking on your own without success
  • Calling in sick to work due to hangover
  • Skipping family events to drink or due to hangover
  • Drinking first thing in the morning to avoid shaking, headache, sweating, or vertigo
  • Not being able to fall asleep without the use of alcohol

“I was prescribed medication, but now I'm using it so quickly that I’m running out many days before my refill… could I have a problem?”

Prescription drug abuse is among the most common forms of addiction we see today. So frequently, a medication that once helped you through pain becomes an addiction. As you take more medicine your tolerance goes up, and your need for the prescription increases. You may become irritable, forgetful, lethargic, or generally “tuned out” to the people and events that were once the center of your world. But with the right kind of recovery, therapy, and one-on- one care, recovery is absolutely possible for you. What’s more, Luminance offers holistic and other approaches to pain management: giving up your prescription addiction does not mean you have to live in pain.

Key symptoms of prescription drug abuse are:

  • Doctor shopping (seeing more than one doctor in an effort to get multiple prescriptions)
  • Going to the hospital in hopes of receiving a prescription
  • Buying prescription drugs from acquaintances or dealers
  • Stealing medications from the homes of friends and family

“It’s no big deal to use pot or cocaine. I still use these occasionally, but now I’m using harder drugs. When I can’t find these, mixing alcohol with pills or over-the- counter drugs help me deal with stress.”

If you’re experiencing this way of thinking and living, assisted recovery will completely restore your life. Going it alone, especially with detox, is dangerous without in-patient care for those addicted to heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. A compassionate team of professionals will help you get your life back, and reenter the world feeling encouraged with a local support network.

Key symptoms of illicit drug use are:

  • Dry mouth, itchiness, nausea/vomiting, flushed skin, constipation
  • Needing the drug to feel like “you” again
  • Constant preoccupation with your drug of choice
  • Inability to not use for a single day
  • Inability to maintain steady work
  • Stealing to afford more drugs
  • Respiratory suppression (this is the symptom that leads to overdose)
  • A desire to quit but the inability to do so

Because addiction is a legitimate medical diagnosis and condition, there should be no stigma surrounding chemical dependence; nonetheless, knowing you’re going to a discrete facility like Luminance may be very important to you. If you need recovery help, there is hope for you. Recovery must, however, begin with a choice you make. If you’re experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, call Luminance Recovery today: 888-354-2114.

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