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Find Out If You Suffer From Addiction

Addiction: A Controlling Factor of One’s Life

Tunnel | Addiction | Way Out Take a good, hard look at your life. Look at how your addiction has affected your life and possibly others. It will help you to see the damage addiction is causing. Addiction is not something one should take lightly, it is a progressive disorder that only gets worse.

Two false statements that an addict is famous for saying to them self and sometimes to others are; “I can stop anytime I want to.” or “I’m not doing any harm to anyone.” An addict loves doing the very thing that they are addicted to so much, that they become blinded to the negative impact that their addiction is causing.

Addiction has a negative impact on the addict mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. An addict’s life becomes controlled by the addiction itself. They will work, cheat, lie and steal to keep their addiction going. The addict becomes so self-centered that nothing else seems to matter to them and if it does, it will be for their own benefit.

Do You Suffer From Addiction?

A shot of whiskey, a crack rock, a needle full of heroin, a hit of meth, shopping, food, a slot machine, a race track, and so on. These are just some of the things that an addict has placed first and last in their life with nothing in between. It takes so much control over their life that if they go for a certain amount of time without, they start to suffer.

They may suffer physically from withdrawals because their body has become dependent upon the need for the drug they are addicted to. They may also suffer mentally and/or emotionally from depression, anxiety and fatigue.

A person can become withdrawn, irritable, moody, angry, or do things that are totally insane. Things like, committing crimes, becoming violent or even being driven to commit suicide.

Some Causes of Addiction

Addiction can start out slowly or one can become an addict instantly depending upon the power that the substance being used has over the individual. It may even be from the rush one gets from using drugs, winning by gambling, purchasing items or maybe from the taste of certain foods.

Some may become an addict by using alcohol and/or drugs for self-medication purposes. For instance, relieving anxiety, fighting depression, loss of hope, making it through hardships, feeling sorry for oneself and so on.

The fact is, is that anyone that has become an addict didn’t wake up one day and say, “Today, I’m going to become an addict.” Usually, it happens before one even realizes it and it’s not easy to admit to oneself or to others that they are an addict.

How to Find Out if You are an Addict

Denial is a big obstacle that prevents an addict from seeking help or accepting it. If you think that you may have a problem or even if you don’t, but others think you do, then prove it to yourself and/or others that you do or you don’t have a problem by getting an assessment.

There are places around your area that you can walk into and ask for an assessment. They will be able to tell you what is going on through an evaluation and whether you should continue with a treatment program or not. You owe it to yourself to at least find out whether you have a problem or not.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late – Get an Evaluation

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and make an appointment for an assessment TODAY! If you know someone that you believe has a problem, talk to them about getting an assessment.

At AIM Target Programs, we offer programs that deal with Substance Abuse, Anger, Domestic Violence and Petit Theft. If you feel that you can benefit from an assessment or one of our programs, please Contact Us by email or call us at 239-939-3363 or you can come to our office at: 3049 Cleveland Ave. Suite 100, Ft. Myers, Fl. 33901

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Alcohol Abuse

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

alcohol abuse An alcoholic, whether they are dependent on or suffer from alcohol abuse should inquire about getting treatment. Alcoholism is an illness that should not be taken lightly.

When it comes to alcoholism, there are specific signs to look for that would determine if a person needs treatment and what kind of treatment would best suit their needs.

When an alcoholic feels shame from their behavior, they will try to justify it by deceiving themselves and also by lying to others. This is a strong indication that the alcoholic is aware of their illness but in many cases, they are not willing to seek treatment.

To the alcoholic, as long as they are not having serious problems in their life caused by alcohol abuse, many do not see any need to quit their behavior and therefore, will continue to drink.

Stress is a common part of our daily lives, but for some people, they use alcohol as a way of coping with stress. If this is the case, then chances are that they are drinking on a daily basis. Those that are using alcohol to deal with stress may want to consider being evaluated for alcohol abuse.

With alcoholism being a progressive disease, it can play many different roles in how it affects the alcoholic’s life and those around them. For instance, a person may not be able to control the quantity of alcohol that they consume, while others become physically dependent on the substance and many continue abusing alcohol knowing that it can cause health problems.

Emotional Drinking

Self-pity, depression and anger are just a few of the reasons why an alcoholic will drink. For many, they will experience feelings of guilt during their drinking episodes or when they sober up. This is what is known as emotional drinking and it is a good sign that a person is abusing alcohol.

A person that is abusing alcohol will often be confronted by concerned family members or friends or they themselves will be thinking about the need to cut back on their drinking or even attempt to quit on their own.

Always seek advice from a medical physician or a professional that deals with alcoholism and substance abuse. Depending on the stage of alcoholism, an alcoholic attempting to stop drinking may suffer from serious physical withdrawls which will require immediate medical attention.

For more information on Alcohol Abuse, please contact us or call us at: (239) 939-3363.

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