Are You Addicted?

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From gambling to chocolate cake, from your smart phone to heroin, it’s safe to say that as Americans, we are all losing time to something, and no matter what that ‘thing’ is for you, it’s starts with repetitive subconscious decisions. It’s too easy to pawn things off as “no big deal.” We buy things on impulse, whether or not we have the money. We eat when we’re not hungry. We do things that are bad for us simple because, it’s ‘what we’ve always done.” In this land of gluttony, it’s up to us to press the brakes! The old saying, “all things in moderation” is something that people throw around to remind you to chill out, but is moderation really okay? Not when when what you’re doing is damaging your potential for a healthy life. Not when each choice that you’re making takes your farther away from your personal truths. Of the 78 people dying from overdoses every day in America, only about 10% of people with addictions ever receive any sort of help towards recovery. So, when does something surpass being a bad habit and become a full blown addiction? It’s time for everyone to know.

12 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. How often are you using?
  2. Has there been a change in your pattern/frequency of use in the last 6 months?
  3. In what environments do you use (work, home, bars)?
  4. How long has it been since you went without using anything?
  5. Do you use drugs and/or alcohol while taking prescription medication?
  6. Do you use in the morning to get your day started?
  7. Do you get aggravated when other people criticize your use?
  8. Have you ever experienced health problems as a result of your use?
  9. Have you ever experienced social problems as a result of your use?
  10. Has use ever caused you to be late to or miss work?
  11. Has use affected your home life and/or relationships?
  12. Have you ever been told by a professional  that you should consider cutting down or stopping?

When it comes to drugs and alcohol, moderation isn’t going to cut it. Ever. You see, while disordered eating and workaholism may be tempered through more thoughtful use of your time and more mindful application, substance abuse plays by it’s own set of rules. Sometimes, we notice are workaholism or smartphone addiction first, because it’s the easiest one for us to recognize and admit. Often though, these more benign fixations are symptoms of bigger issues at play. If you’re an addict, “one is too many and a thousand is never enough”.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s how your brain is attempting to cope with the world. It’s never going to get you where you want to go in the long run.

Warning Signs of Chemical Dependence

As with any disease, the earlier the signs or chemical dependency are detected and acknowledged,
the greater your chances are of being successful in recovering. That said, it’s never too late to make a choice to make a change.  If you’re willing to tackle your problems head on, you’re ready to try something new. The decision to enter into treatment is life-changing. If you, or a loved one is struggling, take a change to make that change.  Get excited about the prospects of addiction recovery.

Warning signs often include:

  • Rapid, unexplained changes in mood.
  • Changes in job or school performance.
  • Unexplained changes in eating or sleeping habits.
  • Dishonesty or stealing.
  • Loss of old friends; new friends known to drink or use drugs.
  • Neglect of personal appearance.
  • Suicidal ideations or threats.
  • Increased drinking or use of other drugs.
  • Blackout periods, or temporary memory loss.
  • Taking more medications than prescribed.
  • Hostility and lack of cooperativeness.
  • Withdrawal, isolation, depression, or fatigue.
  • Drinking or using drugs alone or in isolation.
  • Increased tolerance to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Inability to accept personal responsibility.

 

Make A Change

The first step toward recovery is simply admitting that you have a problem. The most amazing thing about addiction, is that YOU can turn it around. You have more power than you may realize. Unlike most other diseases, there are no pills or treatment regimes that “fix” you without your active participation. Instead, addiction puts the ability to heal back into your own hands. It can make you or break you but the choice is yours! Don’t get in your own way! Take a chance and make a choice to be the change that you need. The decision to enter treatment with an open mind and a willing heart is a pivotal moment that can change your life in so many wonderful ways. While your treatment program is tailored to meet your unique needs, the over arching structure of daily life during your stay is an important part of establishing a reliable routine that gives you stability as you heal. Residential treatment is designed to provide a serene environment where clients are removed from the everyday stressors of their lives and can begin the internal work of entering into recovery.

 

Experiencing life on our ranch is a wonderful opportunity to grow into a new life in sobriety. Renew your hope  and restore your health while taking a step away from the chaos of addiction. On Tiger Mountain, the tranquil surroundings give you a place to repair your spirit and learn to heal. Our client-centered programs are designed to take recovery beyond four walls and help you build a strong foundation that you can take back into life with you upon completing your stay.

 

#Heal #Empower #Recover

We believe that every woman has what it takes to recover from addiction. Our blog is collections of information and resources designed to be an inspiration to you on your journey. Here you will find personal stories, educationand fellowship to help you along the way. Successfully living in sobriety is a wonderful experience with many ups and downs. Our tips and tricks are meant to keep recovery at the forefront of your thoughts as you, and your families, learn to live in a wonderful new way. Grow and expand with us. You’re WORTH IT!
References:

Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/.

Szalavitz, Maia (2016). US addiction statistics are dire. Small changes won’t solve the problem. The Guardian, November 18, 2016. Available at https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/18/us-drug-alcohol-addiction-statistics-treatment-reform

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