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April 24, 2019

3 Moments When You Know You Need Help With an Addiction

When it comes to addiction, misconceptions abound. In many cases, individuals that are genuinely struggling with an addiction may brush it off as being something else, while individuals who are just going through a rough patch may be concerned they have an addiction. Diagnosing addiction is difficult, in part because there are many shades and variations. For instance, few people are aware that there is a difference between alcoholics and problem drinkers or even dry drunks. If you are concerned you may be struggling with an addiction, here are 3 moments when you know you need help.

1. When you lie, cheat or steal to pursue your addiction 

One of the primary differences between being passionate about something and having an addiction is the impact that it has on your life and other relationships. If you find yourself lying to someone about being sick because you want to stay home and drink or stealing from someone in order to cover your gambling debt, it’s a pretty clear sign you have an addiction and you need help.

2. When it becomes the most important thing in your life 

There is a reason everyone struggles with the concept of work life balance. This is because we all have priorities in life that are constantly competing for attention. At times, you are going to feel bad for putting your job ahead of family commitments and other times when you will need to bow out of important work events to be there for your family. This is normal. When there begins to be one all-consuming thing in your life, however, that takes precedence over everything else to the point where nothing else matters, it might be time to get help for an addiction.

3. When something coming between you and your addiction throws you into a rage 

Addiction is directly related to our brain’s reward system, which is a function of our innate survival mode. When people become addicted to something, they often feel as if their very life depends on them having or engaging in the thing that brings relief. When someone or something coming between you and the substance of your addiction throws you into a blind and inexplicably furious rage, you should most likely seek treatment for addiction.

There is a fine line between going through a bad patch or being passionate about something and experiencing a genuine addiction. The problem is largely that almost any good and healthy thing can quickly and easily turn into an addiction. Food, sex, work and exercise are just a few examples of things that can either be part of a healthy lifestyle or an addiction. The more all-consuming something is in your life, however, the more likely it is to have transitioned from something healthy to an addiction.

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