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Signs You Should Seek Substance Abuse Counseling

Controlling your desire to drink or use substances is the key to recovery and improving your overall health and well-being. Realizing you have a substance abuse problem takes great strength and courage. But it is not always easy. You can be a well-adjusted and successful person and still struggle with addiction problems. Recognizing that you have a problem is not always easy. Even if you do, you will probably struggle to address the issues on your own. Receiving professional help from addiction counseling can help you understand the root of your addiction and learn coping strategies to help control your cravings. But the first step is always recognizing that a problem exists. Here are some helpful signs that could indicate you should seek help for substance abuse issues.

Family Conflicts 

Addiction issues usually begin with problems at home. For example, you might become easily irritated and angry at family members who attempt to confront you about your substance abuse. Drug and alcohol users are more likely to get into disagreements with family members while under the influence. Addiction can cause you to miss important family events or act withdrawn around family members. If substance abuse is affecting your family, seeking family recovery services can help you recover as a family unit, with the support of your loved ones increasing the likelihood of sustained sobriety. 

Work Problems 

Issues with substance abuse in one’s personal life often spill over into their professional life as well. This could present itself as struggling to complete daily assignments or missing key deadlines. It could mean missing work days completely due to recovering from substance abuse. General apathy towards your job can also indicate substances have taken control of your life.

Legal Issues 

If using drugs or alcohol lead to legal issues, that is a big sign that a serious problem is present. Legal issues can be expensive and stressful for you, your family, and your friends. Substance abuse leading to legal problems should be a big wake-up call it is time to seek addiction counseling.

Health Problems 

When you abuse drugs and alcohol, it can have detrimental effects on your health. Besides the damage being done to your liver, you can develop high blood pressure or heart disease. Injuries or accidents can also happen when you are under the influence. 

Inability to Quit

If you have a substance abuse problem, it can be very difficult to quit. If you find yourself constantly craving drugs or alcohol and struggling to stay sober on your own, it is time to seek help. Addiction counseling can help you develop effective coping mechanisms and techniques for remaining sober. 

Face Your Substance Abuse Head-On With Harmony Harbors

When you recognize the signs of additional issues and are ready to seek help, contact Harmony Harbors. As a virtual substance abuse counseling practice, Harmony Harbors is available whenever you need to help families dealing with substance abuse and behavioral disorders towards family recovery. Contact us today to get started on your path toward sobriety and recovery.