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Exploring Addiction: Are You an Addict?

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

April 16, 2024

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While addiction is something that can take hold quickly, there are tell-tale signs that you or a loved one may be falling victim to this vicious cycle. If you find yourself asking “Am I an addict?” or “Is my loved one an addict?” this is likely one of those signs.

Whether it is drugs or alcohol, addiction requires the help of a professional treatment program, like Renaissance Recovery, to ensure you or a loved one can safely overcome withdrawal and be set up for long-term success.

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But, before jumping into treatment options, let’s get a better understanding of determining if you or a loved are are grappling with addiction.

Am I An Addict Quiz: Questions to Ask Yourself

To better understand your substance use, consider the following questions. Be honest and straightforward in your responses:


  • Are you neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school because of substance use?
  • Have you missed meetings or social gatherings because of your substance use?
  • Has your financial stability been affected by your substance use?


  • Are you hiding the extent of your substance abuse with close loved ones?
  • Are you drinking or using in secret to avoid confrontation?
  • Has your substance abuse caused you to feel shameful?

Physical Impact

  • Have you experienced big increases or decreases in your weight or appetite that you can attribute to your substance use?
  • Is your sleep schedule affected by your substance use?
  • Have you experienced intense cravings to use drug or drink alcohol?

These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself to discover if you are an addict or have a propensity for addiction.

“I Have An Addiction” What Next?

For some people, coming to terms with your substance abuse can be the most difficult step in the process. However, what comes next will still be a hard task. The idea of getting help and treatment should fill you or your loved one with hope but it will be something that you’ll have to work at each and every day.

While some people think that they can overcome addiction and get sober on their own, trying to white knuckle sobriety is not only difficult, it can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Depending on the severity of your addiction, the withdrawal symptoms alone can lead to death in some cases.

This is why it is vital to seek the help of a professional treatment program. Not only can they help with stabilization during the early stages of sobriety, they can provide the tools and knowledge that you or your loved one will need to set you up for long-term success.

Addiction Recovery at Renaissance Recovery

At Renaissance Recovery, our treatment program was founded by people in recovery themselves. Our knowledge and expertise allows us to understand that each client is different and we tailor our treatment to this idea.

We offer comprehensive outpatient rehab programming and work with verified treatment partners to help with the detox and inpatient steps of recovery. Moreover, we offer both medication-assisted treatment and dual diagnosis programming to ensure our clients get complete and comprehensive care during their time with us.

If you have started asking yourself “Am I an addict?” it is a sign that you are on a dangerous path of addiction, call our team at Renaissance Recovery today and we can help begin the healing process.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

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