Here is a brief list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) I receive about addiction:
1. How do I know if it really is an addiction?
When a person requires increasing amounts of a habit forming substance, or compulsive behavior, they likely have an addiction. If there are negative consequences because of the substance use or behavior, this is usually a clear indicator that there is an addiction requiring treatment.
2. What should I do if think I am addicted?
According to the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) addiction is a bio-psycho-social-spiritual affliction that is very difficult to treat without help. If you think you are struggling with an addiction, seek help immediately! A great first step is to attend a support group such as AA or NA. Depending on the addiction, a medically supervised detox may be necessary, so consulting with a physician or checking into an addiction treatment center is advised.
3. What should I do if I suspect a loved on of having an addiction?
- Confront them in love and let them know how their behavior makes you feel. Do not pretend as if nothing is wrong.
- Do not enable your loved one! Do not give them money and do not cover for them. Let them experience the consequences of their choices.
- Go to an Al-Anon meeting or similar support group for friends and families of addicts.
- Do your best to get your loved one into treatment. Different parts of the treatment program include: detox, rehab, sober living, working a 12 step program with a sponsor, counseling, and having a recovery coach to aid in relapse prevention.
- Consider an intervention if you have difficulty getting your loved on into treatment.
Addiction is a life and death problem. If you or someone you love struggles with addiction, get help now. For a list of resources to get you started click here.