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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

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Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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If you are asking yourself “Am I an addict” or completing an “Are you an addict” questionnaire, there is every chance your substance use could already be at a very problematic stage of addiction. 

Maybe you’re also asking yourself whether you’ll need to head to a California rehab to recover from addiction. 

The good news is, many addictions can be effectively treated with outpatient programs, much more affordable and flexible than inpatient rehab, but proven effective for treating mild and moderate addictions. If you think you or your loved one has an addiction, learning more about substance abuse treatment can help you make the right decision regarding finding a treatment center.

How can you determine if you might have an addiction, then?

Am I An Addict: Quiz

If you are interrogating yourself about your substance use, take some paper or grab an electronic device and write “Am I addicted to drugs?” at the top. The word “drugs” can be substituted for alcohol or prescription medication if these are the nature of your potential problem. 

Instead of bombarding you with hundreds of questions, we’ll be asking you just six pertinent posers about addiction. Instead of quickly skimming the below, try writing down some answers. Be completely honest with yourself here and don’t get hung up on forming neatly structured sentences. Bullet-pointed notes make a great starting point.

  1. Is your life becoming increasingly unmanageable as a result of substance abuse?
  2. Are you prioritizing substance use over your responsibilities?
  3. Have you been hiding your substance use?
  4. Are your sleep patterns, appetite, and general health being affected by alcohol or drug use?
  5. Do you use substances as a coping mechanism?
  6. Are you experiencing financial difficulties?

1) Is Your Life Becoming Chaotic and Unmanageable?

Most people with an active addiction will tell you that life becomes chaotic. 

The very first step of the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous program asserts: 

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol, that our lives had become unmanageable.” 

The first step of the Narcotics Anonymous program is the same, except “alcohol” is substituted for “addiction.” 

For anyone with a busy lifestyle, an addiction can lead to meltdown. After all, you can only juggle so many balls before some start tumbling to the floor. Make sure you focus on the ones that count.

2) Are You Prioritizing Dubstance Use Over Your Responsibilities?

If you find yourself letting responsibilities slide at home, work, or school in favor of drug use, this is a common red flag indicating dependence is building. 

The substance in question is unimportant. Whether you’re abusing street drugs, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, or misusing prescriptions for opioid painkillers, consider how much time you are spending on this. 

Ask yourself searchingly how much of your time is being sucked away on obtaining, using, and recovering from substances. If your daily routine is being affected, you might consider reassessing your priorities.

3) Have You Been Hiding Your Substance Use?

Denial often goes hand-in-glove with addiction. Some suggest denial is even a symptom of addiction. 

Anyone concerned about their substance use has likely fielded questions already from concerned loved ones about consumption. When someone asks how much you drink, do you answer honestly, and do you try to play down your alcohol intake? 

Maybe you’re using drugs and find yourself buying larger quantities than before. Would you be happy to share this information with others or would you prefer to keep it to yourself? 

If you start lying about your consumption, or if you start concealing the evidence of your alcohol or drug use, there is some form of problem bubbling under the surface. After all, if it wasn’t then why would you be hiding it?

4) Are Your Sleep Patterns, Appetite, and General Health Being Affected By Alcohol or Drug Use?

Alcohol and drugs both have the potential to disrupt your sleeping patterns when abused. 

Short-term lack of sleep makes you irritable and fatigued, but long-term sleep deprivation can trigger serious health consequences

If you start experiencing weight loss or weight gain, this could be related to drinking too much and piling on the pounds, or using stimulants like meth or cocaine that can lead to weight loss when abused. 

When either of these issues are inflamed by health issues caused by substance abuse, it’s time to take note of these warning signs and to take action.

5) Do You Use Substances as a Coping Mechanism?

Maybe you have a stressful job with long, demanding hours. If so, and if you appear to be functioning fully, maybe a bottle of wine with dinner or a bedtime joint seems acceptable, justified even. 

To determine whether or not you could be using substances as a coping mechanism, ask yourself this: could you just as easily go without the substance in question? If that idea seems unpalatable or, worse, unmanageable, it might be worth seeking an assessment from your healthcare provider.

6) Are You Experiencing Financial Difficulties?

Ask yourself how much of your income you use for alcohol or drugs. 

Maybe you are going without to buy substances, or perhaps you are solvent but eating into your cash reserves. Either way, if you find your financial situation being impaired, this could be an early warning sign of addiction.

Why Am I An Addict?

Addiction is no widely considered to be a chronic and relapsing disease with many possible causes, including: 

  • Biology: Some studies suggest that up to half of your risk profile for addiction is genetic
  • Environment: If you are exposed to patterns of unhealthy substance use, this can increase your chances of abusing substances
  • Lack of coping skills: Those without the basic coping skills to deal with life’s everyday stressors run a greater risk of using substances to cope with unpleasant emotions
  • Mental health disorders: Substance abuse and mental health disorders are closely interrelated. In some cases, people self-medicate the symptoms of undiagnosed mental health conditions, potentially triggering addiction

Overcoming Addiction at Renaissance Recovery

Here at Renaissance Recovery Center, we have a range of evidence-based intensive outpatient treatment programs for addiction. 

Using a combination of medication-assisted treatment, psychotherapy, and holistic therapies, we can help you achieve a sustained recovery from all types of addictions at our Orange County rehab.

If you have a co-occurring mental health disorder, our dual diagnosis treatment program will help you address this issue at the same time as any co-occurring addictions. 

Reclaim the life addiction is stealing from you by reaching out to the friendly Renaissance admissions team at 866.330.9449.

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country