No one wants to admit that they need help with an addiction to alcohol or drugs but many people do. Alcohol is the third leading cause of illness and injury worldwide. Canadians have been found to drink more than 50% more than the average globally, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Substance abuse kills 47,000 people in Canada and costs the health system $8 billion every year. The good news is that both drug and alcohol addiction treatment is available.
The hard part may be deciding you need it. Here are some signs that the time may have come to enter one of the substance abuse treatment centers around the country.
It takes more alcohol or drugs to get you that high or drunk feeling. As people start to have a problem with any substance, their tolerance goes up. When people notice that they need more and more alcohol to get drunk, it is a clear sign that a person is drinking too much. For example, if one drink once did the job that it now takes three then four then five to achieve, it may be time to consider entering into alcohol addiction treatment.
Can you stop when you want to? One sign that you may have a problem with substance abuse is the inability to stop when you want to. In terms of alcohol, you may tell yourself that you will have only one beer or one glass of wine. If you find yourself telling yourself that and then finishing the six pack or case or bottle of wine when you did not want to and you do this often, this is a sign that you have a problem. This can be extremely dangerous, especially if you take any medications. This is also a problem that may grow gradually so it can be hard to spot alcohol abuse.andnbsp;
You have physical problems when you try to stop. If you find yourself experiencing withdrawal, this is a sure sign that you need drug or alcohol addition treatment. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms will usually begin about five to ten hours after you have your last drink. The acute symptoms can continue for days. The worst is usually over about 72 hours after they begin but this is one of the most dangerous withdrawals (withdrawal from benzodiazepines such as Valium or Xanax can be equally as dangerous) and can lead to seizures or even death. If you suspect you are going through that you should seek out an alcohol detox centre for alcohol abuse treatment. If you are unsure if you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms, you should reach out to your doctor.andnbsp;
You blackout after drinking.andnbsp;If you drink until you blackout, there is a very good chance that you need alcohol addiction treatment. This is a sign that you are binge drinking. When your blood alcohol level (BAC) spikes to the point that you blackout, you need help for your addition. When you get to this point, you may be “blacked out” but you are often still doing things and pose a real threat to yourself and to others. During a blackout, you may not remember what you are doing and this period of time can last for hours. This is similar to what happens when some people take Ambien.
While people often make a distinction between alcohol and “drug” abuse, this is really a distinction without a difference. Alcohol is a drug just as much as any of the illicit substances that are available on the street. Weed addition symptoms may differ from alcohol addition symptoms but addition is addiction. One of the hardest additions to recover from is actually gambling. Addition centres have sprung up around the world to help people deal with the addiction to gaming. This is problem that happens in the brain.
It is important to note that addiction is a disease. It is not a moral failing. While many people in society have yet to recognize this, the medical community has. It does not mean you are weak because you seek out treatment at a drug or alcohol addiction treatment center, it is a sign of strength. You can recover and things can get better.