If you’ve ever abused drugs or alcohol, chances are you’ve wondered if you needed treatment for an addiction. You may have even wondered if you have a legitimate addiction. For some people, it may be hard to tell if outpatient rehab is needed, even if family and friends are telling the user to get help.
Whether you need clarification for yourself or for someone close to you, these are five signs that it’s time for outpatient rehab.
Damaged relationships due to your substance use
Have you fallen out with family members? Do your friends seem more distant? If the answer is yes, then outpatient rehab is a good next step. Many users’ behavior is affected by drug and alcohol abuse, and this leads to strained relationships with loved ones.
It’s not OK to let substance abuse ruin your family and social relationships. When you’ve reached this point in your addiction, it’s definitely time to get help.
Difficulty doing daily tasks
Substance abuse can take a toll on your body and lead to other symptoms that make it hard to complete day-to-day tasks. Some users find that showering, getting dressed, getting ready for work, and other routine activities are difficult to complete.
This is a sure sign that it’s time for substance abuse treatment.
Drinking or using drugs more than usual
Have you noticed an increase in how often you drink or use drugs? It’s a good sign to notice this, and the next healthy step is to alert a trained addiction professional. Increasingly drinking or using substances ups your risk for health problems and accidents, so it’s important to get help right away.
New diagnoses of health problems
Long-term drug use is bound to cause health problems, such as depression, heart problems, liver disease, stroke, cancer, among many other conditions. The side effects depend on the drug of choice and the intensity of use. Short-term drug use can also cause health issues as well.
Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms
One sign of addiction is unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the drug, withdrawal can bring on the following symptoms:
- Muscle aches
- Anxiety and irritability
- Slowed activity levels
- Increased appetite
- Thoughts of suicide
These symptoms make it hard to go through with withdrawal and continue a cycle of drug and alcohol use. This is why it’s important to attend rehab.
Inpatient versus outpatient drug rehab
For some, the road to sobriety starts with inpatient treatment. This is a more intense form of treatment where users stay under the care of addiction specialists 24/7 for several weeks or months.
With outpatient treatment, which is less intense than inpatient, you follow the directions of your treatment plan at home.
Attend outpatient drug rehab near you
Skyward Treatment Center offers outpatient rehab, including intensive outpatient treatment, in Houston to help people overcome alcohol and drug addiction.
Our treatment center is open 24/7 and our addiction specialists are ready to talk with you. Call (713) 835-4471 or complete our online form to get started.