There are about 23.5 million people aged 12 and older in the U.S. who suffer from a drug or alcohol abuse problem. Out of that number, only about 11.2 percent receive treatment at a facility, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Do you need help? Here are signs it might be time to seek help from a substance abuse counselor:
You’re becoming dependent
Substance abuse refers to repeated use of a substance that is causing you physical, psychological and even occupational problems. It doesn’t take long for substance abuse to develop into substance dependence or addiction. Once that happens, the harmful effects of the substance will worsen.
You suffer from symptoms
There is a long list of symptoms that indicate substance abuse. Difficulty sleeping, lack of appetite or too much, dilated pupils, shaking hands and cold, sweaty palms, tremors and red or watery eyes. If you’re starting to lose your balance, find yourself staggering or walking slowly and experiencing coordination problems, then it’s likely that already suffering from substance abuse.
You’ve developed tolerance
Tolerance for the substance happens when the body becomes used to the drug or alcohol. You now need to get more of the drug or alcohol to achieve the same effect, resulting into an escalating problem.
You want to quit
If you want to stop but feel unable to quit, seek out help from friends and family. Look for a substance abuse counselor in your area. The sooner you find one you feel you can trust, the sooner you can get started on the road to getting sober or drug-free.
Where to go for help?
Get help before your substance abuse problems turn into an addiction. Before you choose a counselor, do a bit of research to make sure you’re engaging the services of an experienced and trained professional.
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