Knowing when to seek inpatient treatment for substance or alcohol abuse is important. The reality is it’s probably earlier than you’ve assumed! Early intervention and treatment is KEY to successful recovery.
If you, or someone you know, is struggling with drugs or alcohol it’s time to be honest about the impacts. The time to seek help and treatment is well before loss of employment and relationships, financial ruin and homelessness.
Here is a list of 15 signs indicating time for a professional assessment. If any one of these are criteria are met it’s imperative that you get a professional assessment for addiction and use. If two or more of these criteria are met inpatient treatment is imperative now – not when it feels convenient!
- Problems at work or school. Missing too many days. Being put on probation in these places.
- Problems relationally at home with spouse, kids, friends, etc. due to substance use.
- Money issues and concerns due to spending on substances.
- Health beginning to be affected by substance use.
- Friend, family or a professional has advised you to get help!
- Any legal issues. DUI, arrests connected with substance use.
- Knowing use is wrong but refuses to or makes excuses not to stop.
- Making poor choices but still using.
- Withdrawal symptoms when not using.
- Have tried outpatient or individual therapy already and are still using.
- Daily life is being interrupted because of use.
- Lack of motivation or increase in depression or sadness.
- Driven drunk or high even if there was no arrest.
- Lying about use.
- Has stopped using before for a while but then began to use again.
Addiction should be seen as a national health crisis, according to the Surgeon General. You wouldn’t delay getting help or treatment for a friend, loved one, or yourself for cancer.
Don’t make the mistake of not seeking help early! Don’t wait until the “right time” or for a time they won’t be upset with you. That time will never come.
If you have any questions, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to help you navigate your options and find the help you need.
Regardless of where you’re located, I can help you arrange for an assessment or intervention if needed.
Addiction IS a life and death issue. Please don’t wait until it’s too late!
Clint Clark 720.683.2639 or firstname.lastname@example.org