Some people struggle with the thought of whether they need to go to rehab or not. Some people find the thought of telling their family and friends that they have a problem with substance abuse to be a terrifying concept. But, how do you know if you need help or not? These questions may be able to help you make the decision.  Is it time for professional help

Do you constantly feel like you need to do more to reach the same high?

A clear sign that you are becoming dependent on a substance is your marked need for more to achieve a high. Society often looks at a tolerance as a good thing, making fun of “lightweights.” The brutal truth is that building up a severe tolerance to a substance is your body’s way of telling you that you have a problem. Further, by using more, you are causing more damage to yourself, a damage that may be irreparable.

Are you taking unnecessary risks?

Risk taking is a hallmark of dependency. Driving under the influence, visiting unsafe locales to obtain your substance, and promiscuous behavior are all signs that you may have a problem. Repeatedly putting yourself, and others, in danger is a sure sign that it is time to seek help.

Do you need an “Eye-Opener?”

The old adage, “A little bit of the hair of the dog that bit you” is a favorite of many substance users. Nevertheless, if you find yourself constantly needing “just one to start the day,” it is time to start considering professional help.

Is your employment or education affected by your use?

When you find yourself showing up to work or school late or hungover, wanting to take “a little nip” on your breaks, or unable to come in because you are drunk, there is definitely something wrong. Sometimes, the term “functional drunk” is thrown around as a scapegoat. Essentially, people think that, as long as they get their work done, everything is OK. The sad fact is that quality and effort suffer from substance abuse and your feelings that everything is OK may be not be correct. You may not think that other people notice, but more often than not, everyone knows and it is only a matter of time before reality crashes around you.

No one know you better than you. If you answered yes to any of these questions (and this is by no means an exhaustive list), it may be time to seek professional help. If you feel like this is true, Get Real Recovery is here for you. Please do not be afraid to get help.

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