Evaluating your need for recovery help from drugs or alcohol shouldn’t be a complicated task. It’s possible to look at evidence in your life right now that suggests you would benefit from detox. We’ve compiled a list of twelve signs you or someone you love needs detox today.
Signs You Need Detox
1. Abusing alcohol or drugs is your priority every day.
You think about your next drug dose or drink a great deal of the day. Your preoccupation with substance use drives your daily decision-making. From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, nothing seems more important than drinking or using drugs.
2. You’re experiencing health problems related to substance use.
Chronic issues or new health issues made worse by substance use don’t seem to slow you down. You continue drinking or using drugs even when you know it’s hurting you. The issues may be physical, such as heart or lung issues. Also, they may be related to mental health, including depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress.
3. You’re experiencing financial instability related to substance use.
Constantly needing to borrow money, stealing money, or taking out payday loans with high interest rates may be routine options to cover the cost of your substance use. It may leave you unable to pay rent and bills or even hold down a job. You may have become increasingly dependent on a family member for housing, food, and transportation needs.
4. You’re facing legal consequences due to drug or alcohol use.
An arrest for driving under the influence is a clear sign of a substance use problem. Continuing to drink or do drugs while facing jail time or fines for your behavior should be a red flag that you’re in need of immediate detox.
5. Your family and friends always seem concerned about your drinking or drug use.
Your substance use has become a frequent topic of conversation whenever you’re with people who know and care about you. They may have offered support in your recovery needs already. You may have started avoiding these people to dodge the questions about your choices.
6. Your tolerance for a substance has increased.
You have noticed a need to take a drug in higher amounts or shortened the time in between doses to avoid withdrawal symptoms. You may realize your tolerance has increased and feel unable to quit using.
7. You suffered an injury while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or injured someone else.
Risky or careless behavior during substance use may have led to medical treatment or hospitalization. If you’ve injured someone else, the inability to take responsibility is a sign of your need for medical detox. If you’ve injured yourself while drinking, the doctor treating you would advise you to seek help for substance abuse immediately.
8. You experience withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to quit using.
Any time you have attempted to quit, withdrawal symptoms make it hard to avoid using again. You notice changes start to increase in severity the longer your body is eliminating drugs or alcohol. It feels unbearable on you, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
9. Your appearance has changed drastically.
You may have stopped bathing, brushing teeth, and doing other routine hygiene activities. Your clothes may be unclean. You may look unkempt to others. Your skin condition may worsen.
10. Your sleep is never consistent or adequate.
You have trouble with sleep on a regular basis. It may be sleeping too little, too much, or not being able to stay asleep. Drowsiness may be part of your normal waking hours. The lack of adequate and quality sleep may be worsening your mental health.
11. You openly lie about your substance use.
When asked about your drinking or drug use, you avoid answering honestly. You might change the subject or minimize how much you’re using. Even when there’s no direct consequences from the question, you might lie out of habit to keep people from having a true sense of the depth of your addiction.
12. You keep a hidden stash of substances to abuse.
If you live with others, you have found secret places to store bottles of alcohol, pills, or illegal substances. You feel anyone coming into your space might discover your stash and remove it. You might constantly check it when you get home to see if anyone has found it yet.
Restored Path’s Solution
Restored Path Detox is DFW’s premier location for sophisticated medical detox. Conveniently located in Frisco, we provide a safe sanctuary for healing that is also a state-of-the-art detoxification facility for a wide range of substances. Our compassionate physicians and therapists want you to get well and are committed to removing any existing barriers to your care. Restored Path’s team of board-certified physicians and highly qualified RNs have extensive critical care experience and are available to monitor your detox program 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol use, call us today and take your first step towards recovery: 561-841-1268.