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-Paul F. Singh, MA, LP
Holistic Life Change Coach
How Do You Know If You Are Addicted?
Addiction often begins with casual or occasional behaviour that increases in frequency and intensity over time. If you are concerned that you may have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, eating or other substance or process, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you use substances as a coping tool or reward?
Do you have trouble controlling how much you use?
Are you preoccupied with your next drink, high or addictive activity?
Do you lead a compartmentalised life to hide your addiction and appear functional?
Do you continue using despite the negative consequences?
Are you have been neglecting your career, education, family or partner in favour of your addiction?
Do you require increasing amounts of alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. to achieve the desired effects?
Do you experience cravings or withdrawals such as anxiety, irritability or nausea?
Do you want to cut back or quit, but cannot?
If you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, you are showing signs of addiction.
Generally addiction is accompanied by a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder of mental illness and addiction. Note the terms “Dual Diagnosis” and “Co-occurring Disorders” are often used interchangeably.
What are Common Types of Dual Diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorders?
There are many mental health disorders that can contribute to a dual diagnosis condition when combined with drug or alcohol abuse. The list below shows some of the more common disorders:
The following steps will help you fight your addiction:
Commit to quitting. Take control of your behavior and commit to fighting your addictions.
Get help from your doctor and psychologist. He or she can be your biggest ally, even if you’re trying to quit a drug he or she prescribed. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medicine that will help ease your cravings for the addictive drug. Talking with your doctor or a counselor about your problems and your drug use can be helpful, too.
Get support. Certain organizations are dedicated to helping people who have addictions. They want you to succeed and will give you the tools and support you need to quit and move on with your life. Ask your family and friends for support, too.
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