This is not an easy question to answer – and those of us who have struggled with drug or alcohol use, have often told ourselves, “I can handle it.” In the begging of our using or drinking this statement might have been true, but it may not be the case now. In fact, drugs or alcohol might be handling us – and when that happens, an honest assessment can help you decide if you need help.
We know that the description “addict” or “alcoholic” carry negative images to many individuals, and the stigma itself can keep people from getting the help they need. There is no shame in identifying as either and addict or alcohol and certainly no shame in getting treatment. Most of us who have been successful in a life of Recovery did not think ourselves to addicts or alcoholics, but as we educated ourselves and came to understand the disease of addiction, those labels became a sense of pride about the struggle we had overcome. Positive actions towards getting the help you deserve, can save your job, your family and your life.
If you’re unsure about where you stand, take a moment to complete the self-assessment provided on this page. We have found that answers will vary by individual, and the number of “Yes” responses aren’t as important as the questions asked – in fact, only you can provide the final diagnosis as to your current alcohol and/or drug usage. If any part of your life is negatively impacted by using alcohol or drugs, and you find yourself unable to stop altogether, serious consideration should be given to getting help.
As you complete the assessment, keep in mind many of us who have struggled did not immediatley accept the answers to the questions asked, as fact. We did not immediately admit or even recognize we had an issue and found ourselves making excuses when we answered “Yes” to any question. Excuses such as:
“Oh, those questions don’t make sense.”
Or “I’m different. I know I take drugs, but I’m not an addict. I have real emotional/family/job problems.”
Or “I’m just having a tough time getting it together right now.”
Or, “I’ll be able to stop when I find the right person/get the right job, etc.”
If you are truly addicted to a substance, or are unable to stop abusing drugs or alcohol, its time to take the first steps towards recovery – that starts by admitting there is a problem. Answered honestly, these questions can be a vital tool in helping you to make a commitment towards recovery and towards a new, healthier lifestyle full of positive change. Addiction is a disease, and while there exists no cure there is more definitely a treatment that works. If you have struggled with drugs or alcohol, and watched your pride, self-esteem, family, work and other areas of your life suffer – reach out today, call Legacy Village for help.