Admitting that you are struggling with your consumption of drugs and/or alcohol isn’t easy. However without this admission it is impossible to recover. You need not tell the world, but you do need to admit to yourself that you have a problem and seek support.
So, let’s ask the question: Do you have an addiction to drugs or alcohol?
The answer could be yes, or it could be I don’t know. Often people are initially unaware of their abuse of substances, because they think they are still in control. It can be easy to ignore a problem, telling yourself you will never become addicted. In these cases it may take an incident that shows you that you’ve lost control, or a family member confronting you with their concerns.
Once you can answer this question honestly, you can move forward.
Sometimes people have a substance abuse problem and are unaware of the signs that their ‘fix’ has taken control. It’s easy to think that your use of drugs or alcohol is something you can control, until you suddenly realise you can’t. It might take someone else pointing out to you that you’ve started acting differently, or you may realise yourself after a certain incident or event. It is once you become aware and admit there is a problem, that you can start to seek recovery.
So how can you know if your substance use has become substance abuse? What are the signs and symptoms of drug addiction? They vary, but the below are very common with all substance addictions:
- Issues performing basic tasks
- Relationship breakdowns or troubles
- Limiting substance causes emotional or physical pain or symptoms
- Needing more for the same hit
- Feeling angry or defensive when confronted by others about the issue
WHY SHOULD YOU STOP?
Addiction is draining – on finances, on emotional and physical health, and on others. Not only are you affected by your addiction, but the people who love you are often hurt, betrayed or suffering. Realising this pain is one way to encourage yourself to seek professional help. The addicted person is never the only victim of their addiction.
Your professional Sydney counsellor will work with you to change your life, supporting you through all the difficulties that this can hold. Our drug and alcohol counsellors are not only trained in this area, they have experience helping others like you, so they can help you successfully change your habits.
How can you change?
Imagine your life without the shame and heartbreak of drug addiction. Your relationships will all improve because you will no longer need to rely on your ‘fix’. Your personal health will improve – both physically and emotionally.
You don’t have to only imagine. You can have this life.
Your first step should be asking for help. The professional support of a Sydney counsellor or psychologist will be essential in your journey.
They can offer support to you regularly, without the interfering dynamics that can sometimes exist with the support from family. Your family and loved one’s support is also hugely helpful, but the professional and unbiased support of a counsellor is also key. They also have knowledge of strategies to help you overcome addiction:
- Tackling addiction related behaviours
- Understanding and working on the main trigger for substance abuse
- Learning new strategies for coping and for dealing with withdrawal
- Changing the way you think about yourself and substances
We want to help YOU
At Life Supports we have a vast range of Sydney based accredited drug and alcohol counsellor or psychologist , so we know we can find a counsellor or psychologist suitable for each client’s specific needs. Everyone is different and feels comfortable with different people.
We want you to feel comfortable with your counsellor, because you will need to be able to be honest with them. Your confidence in their abilities and desire to help you is essential for you to be successful in treatment.
Substance abuse is difficult, but it is possible to overcome. Call us now on 1300 735 030 and let us match you with a caring Sydney drug and alcohol counsellor.
Our Sydney Life Supports network of Counsellors and Psychologists has all the important information about our counsellors and psychologists. If there is a counsellor who you feel will suit you best, tell our receptionist and we’ll do our best to match you with them.