6 Signs To Know When You Need Addiction Treatment

Addiction is not something that happens suddenly. The first time you use a substance may be a casual incident, when a friend coaxes you to try something exciting, or when a doctor prescribes medication for an illness. For many people, using addictive substances may not even lead to addiction. However, it is difficult to realize when you shift from being a casual user to an addict. It happens gradually. The changes are progressive but it is possible to recognize the signs for when you need to seek treatment.


Some of these signs can be recognized in your loved ones, and to help them seek treatment.

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 may only become evident much later in the addiction process, so it’s best not to wait until they appear. However, some of the signs you may commonly see in addicts are extreme weight loss, shaking and sweating, dental issues and bad breath, fatigue and tiredness, bruises and red/watery eyes, nausea and vomiting, and several others.

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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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.