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Addiction and substance abuse create a battle that takes a physical, mental, and emotional toll on millions of women. It can feel impossible to get out of the destructive cycle and start your life over. Sanford House believes in empowering women to take charge of their lives and transform what may seem dark and unrelenting into something beautiful.
Identifying the signs and symptoms of alcoholism and drug addiction in yourself can help start your journey to recovery.
Women may ask themselves, “Am I an alcoholic?” or “Am I an addict?” If you use alcohol and/or drugs to cope with difficulties and avoid feeling bad, addiction can creep up on you. Not all drinkers or drug users become addicts, but as your tolerance increases, your risk is greater. It is important to examine the following symptoms of alcoholism, drug abuse and the signs of addiction.
You often drink more alcohol or use more drugs than you wanted to, for longer than you intended, or despite telling yourself you wouldn’t.
You have a persistent desire to cut down or stop, but your efforts to quit have been unsuccessful.
You’re spending less time on activities that used to be important to you (hanging out with family and friends, going to the gym, pursuing your hobbies) because of your using.
You spend a lot of time drinking or using, thinking about it, or recovering from its effects. You have few if any interests or social involvements that don’t revolve around drinking or using drugs.
For example, you recognize that your alcohol and/or drug use is damaging your marriage and/or other relationships, making your depression worse, or causing health problems, but you continue to use anyway.
Perhaps you can or you cannot, but more than likely, this is just an excuse to continue to use. Telling yourself so may give you the illusion that you are in control when other areas of your life are not.
If you ask, you would find that your using affects many people around you, and that your problem is also their problem.
Alcoholism and/or drug addiction is NOT defined by what you drink or use, or even how much you use. It is the effects of your using that define the problem.
Just because you are employed and/or high-functioning doesn’t mean you are not addicted. Over time, the effects of abuse will catch up with you.
If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms of alcohol abuse or drug addiction or feel you may have an addiction problem, contact us today to learn more about the treatment options we offer.
“As the parent of a daughter with Substance Use Disorder, I am so thankful for the expertise, compassion and wisdom of everyone at Sanford House. Every person we have interacted with has been extremely caring and respectful of my daughter and our family. I have never seen an entire staff so fully committed and passionate about their work. Not only are the people amazing at Sanford House, but the home is also a beautiful and peaceful place in which to recover.”
- PattiMore Success Stories