Some people are able to use alcohol, recreational or prescription drugs without experiencing negative consequences or addiction. For many others, substance use can negatively affect their functioning at work, home, school, and in relationships, leaving you feeling socially isolated, helpless, or ashamed.
People who experiment with drugs continue to use them because the substance makes them feel good, or stops them from feeling bad. In many cases, there is a fine line between regular use and drug abuse and addiction. Very few individuals are able to identify when they have crossed that line. Frequency or the amount of drugs consumed does not establish drug abuse or addiction, but they can often be indicators of drug-related problems.
Being aware that you have a problem is the first step on the road to recovery, one that takes incredible courage and strength. Facing your addiction without making excuses or minimizing the problem can be overwhelming. If you’re ready to make a change and eager to seek help, you can overcome your addiction and build a satisfying life for yourself.