The first question you have to ask yourself to figure out if you need rehab is; do I have an addiction? Am I an alcoholic? This question if you look deep in yourself should not be hard to answer. There are fairly clear guidelines between an addiction/alcoholism and casual use. Some of the first signs that you may need rehab because you have an addiction are fairly simple to spot. The first and one of the biggest signs that you need rehab is the building of a tolerance.
Tolerance happens when you take a habit-forming substance on a regular basis. Eventually after taking a substance for a certain period of time your body accommodates to the substance. You don’t get the same feeling from the drugs or alcohol that you originally got, or you’re not getting the same strength of feeling. In other words you are not getting “as high” as you did originally. This does not mean that you are getting stronger and can handle the drug better. Tolerance means you need drug rehab because your body is becoming dependent on the drugs and alcohol in order to function normally. Becoming addicted and building a tolerance to some drugs can be extremely dangerous because if you ever choose to stop it may have severe physical and mental health effects on your body, the most extreme being death. This is why you may need rehab if you have built a significant tolerance over time. The second sign that you may need rehab is withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms are the danger of becoming dependent on a drug or alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms depending on the type of drug or alcohol can be fatal. Different addictions have different withdrawal symptoms and are one of the biggest factors in the need for rehab. The list of withdrawal symptoms is a long one, stretching from hot and cold sweats, to delirium and even death. If you are experiencing any withdrawal symptoms you most definitely need rehab.
There are also three simple questions you can ask yourself if you think you may need rehab and identify with building a tolerance or experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Ask yourself:
- When I stop taking the drugs or alcohol on a regular basis, do I feel worse, emotionally and/or physically?
- Do I get the same experience from the drugs and alcohol I got when I first started drinking or using?
- Is there anything in my life that is causing me pain that I might be trying to self-medicate?
Chances are if you answered yes to any of these three questions you most likely need rehab. A high tolerance and withdrawal symptoms are not only signs that you need rehab but they are both very dangerous and should be looked at honestly as soon as possible. Some other small signs that you may need rehab due to an addiction are:
- Continuing use regardless of consequences such as legal problems, problems at work or school, loss of money etc.
- Your family members or loved ones become concerned and mention your drinking or drug use to you
- You find most of your days consumed with the thought of your drugs and alcohol. Thoughts that keep you from being able to focus on present tasks or present moments. Thoughts such as when can I drink, how can I get the drugs, I can’t wait to use or drink, or you are drinking and using constantly.
If you identify with any of the above mentioned you probably need rehab. If you need rehab the next step is finding a rehab that is right for you.