Having an addiction to drugs means that you are controlled by your need for a particular substance to satisfy cravings and prevent withdrawal symptoms. Addiction is not dependent on the type of drug and can occur whether the drugs are “street” drugs, or prescribed by a doctor. When things have got to the point that you are unable to get through the day without a “fix”, then you have a problem.
If you have found yourself in distress about your drug use or have tried to stop and been unable to do so, then you have a problem. If your addiction is the focus of your life then you need to seek treatment.
Some signs that you might have a drug addiction:
Do you want to stop taking drugs but feel unable to stop on your own?
Do you need to take drugs in order to relieve withdrawal symptoms?
Do you need to use more of the drug in order to experience the same effects that you used to have with smaller amounts?
Are your thoughts primarily focused on drugs?
Do you feel you have lost control over your drug use?
Has your use of drugs caused you problems with friends, family or co-workers?
Have you had financial or legal problems as a result of your drug use?
This is by no means a definitive list, but if you identify yourself as having one or more of these symptoms please do contact me and we can discuss ways in which to help you with your drug addiction.