Being honest with yourself doesn’t come natural to us all, and it can be even tougher when you look in the mirror and you don’t recognize the person you are talking to. Nobody likes to admit defeat, and for many people, admitting they need help is doing just that. It can be difficult to know when it’s time for treatment, and if you are not sure, you should always seek the help of a professional before it gets any harder to do so.
Addiction can come in many different shapes and sizes and doesn’t always have to mean drugs or alcohol. Regardless of the addiction, they do share some commonalities and identifying them early can help you get the treatment you need.
This is an early sign that can often be ignored. People can start to dissocialize through anything from drugs, alcohol, or even video games. Finding reasons to avoid social contact in favor of an activity or a behavior is a strong sign that there is an addiction developing or has already taken control of your decision making.
Lack of Control
Knowing when to stop or walk away is another good indication of an addiction. People with addictions begin to engage in the activity or behavior more and more frequently, and have a hard time stopping when engaged in the activity itself.
The first two points in this list generally lead to the third. Once the addiction has its hold, it can be tough to regain a sense of what matters. You can find yourself abandoning your priorities such as work, school, or other previous commitments that you would have otherwise no problem fulfilling. Skipping work or school to play a game, smoke, drink, or do any other kind of activity in repetition can be a good indication that it is time to get help.
If you find yourself beginning to exhibit any of these types of behaviors, you should start asking yourself the serious questions. It is important to get help early, as many of these behaviors can have serious consequences on your long-term health and wellbeing.