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6 Clear Signs It’s Time for Rehab | Addiction Treatment

Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT

6 Signs To Know When You Need Addiction Treatment

Addiction is often a gradual progression that may begin with seemingly harmless experimentation or legitimate medical use of substances. Whether it’s a friend’s invitation to try something new or a prescription from a doctor, the transition from casual use to addiction can be subtle and challenging to recognize. At California Prime Recovery, an esteemed addiction treatment center located in Orange County, California, we understand the complexities of addiction and the importance of early intervention. As individuals, it’s crucial to be aware of the signs indicating a need for treatment, both in ourselves and our loved ones. Join us as we explore the subtle shifts and progressive changes that signify the need for support and the transformative journey toward recovery.

1. Erratic Moods

When you start noticing that your reactions to everyday incidents have become irritability, anger, or other sudden mood changes. Substance abuse and mood disorders are invariably connected, so it would be a good idea to seek treatment.

2. Performance at School or Work

When you start to notice your straight-A child’s grades suddenly dropping, or your manager pointing out that you’re frequently missing due dates, it may be a sign that your work or school responsibilities are not important for you. This may be a good time to check if you or your loved one needs addiction treatment.

3. Missing Family Obligations

When you as a parent are not taking enough responsibility for your child, or as a partner, you are not meeting your obligations, it may be a sign that your focus and attention is elsewhere. If this is due to addiction, it is time to seek treatment.

4. Secretive Behavior

Whether it’s you or your loved one, noticing behaviors such as lying, stealing, or hiding information and things is usually a sign that you need to get addiction treatment.

5. Financial Difficulties

Drugs can be expensive and many addicts have difficulty funding their addiction once their disposable income runs out. In addition, many drugs are illegal to possess. This may lead to legal and financial difficulties.

6. Physical Signs

Physical signs of addiction can vary depending on the substance being abused, but common indicators may include:

  1. Changes in appearance, such as bloodshot eyes, dilated or constricted pupils, sudden weight loss or gain, and poor hygiene.
  2. Changes in sleep patterns, including insomnia or excessive sleeping.
  3. Sudden or unexplained changes in appetite or eating habits.
  4. Physical tremors, shakes, or tremors.
  5. Frequent nosebleeds (for cocaine or methamphetamine users).
  6. Track marks or injection sites (for intravenous drug users).
  7. Frequent illness or unexplained injuries.
  8. Slurred speech or impaired coordination.
  9. Withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance, such as nausea, sweating, and muscle aches.

It’s important to note that these physical signs can vary widely depending on the individual and the substance being abused.

If you are beginning to notice any or all of these signs in yourself or your loved one, don’t wait to seek treatment. If you are uncertain, you may start with mental health treatment and then change to addiction treatment if necessary. The important thing is to not wait. Denial during the early stages of addiction is strong and powerful, so the sooner you seek treatment the stronger your chances of recovery.

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If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health challenges or substance abuse, reach out to California Prime Recovery today. Our team of compassionate professionals is here to support your journey towards lasting well-being. Give us a call at 866-208-2390

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