Addiction can affect every aspect of your daily life. If you’re looking for help with drug and alcohol addiction, we’re here to help. With the choice of rehab in the UK or abroad, you can rest assured that we will help you find the best rehab for you and your needs.

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How Do You Know Whether You’re Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol?

Knowing if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol can be difficult, especially if this is your first time wondering about it. We want you to know that there is nothing to worry about. Understanding if you have an addiction will simply give you your next steps and is not the end of the world. No matter what, everything will be ok.

So, addiction is caused when someone abuses a stimulant, often drugs or alcohol. Still, you can be addicted to anything that produces dopamine.

This is because when you first start abusing substances, you cause your brain to experience a big rush of the feel-good chemical dopamine. Soon your brain will link their pleasure with drug or alcohol abuse and want you to do it again.

However, the human brain is very adaptive. So eventually, it will start to build a tolerance to drugs and alcohol, forcing you to use or drink more and more to feel that same rush of dopamine.

At this point, your brain will believe it needs drugs or alcohol to produce dopamine. So it will start making you crave your substance of choice so that it can produce the needed dopamine making you feel anxious and depressed if you don’t have it.

At this point, you have developed an addiction. If this process seems familiar to you, that may answer your question. However, there are other ways to see if you have a drug or alcohol addiction.

  • Do you use more prescription drugs than you are supposed to?
  • Do you use prescription drugs not meant for you?
  • Do you lie to doctors or chemists to get more prescription drugs?
  • Do you regularly binge drink?
  • Do you feel the need to hide your drug and alcohol use from people you can trust?
  • Do you find yourself planning your day around substance abuse?
  • Do you miss important events because you would prefer to be drinking or using drugs?
  • Do you ever put yourself in danger of getting drugs or alcohol?
  • Do you ever break the law because of drugs or alcohol?
  • Have you noticed a decline in your mental health?
  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms if you ignore your cravings for too long?

Some types of drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms prove you have an addiction. They are essentially your body panicking that it is going without something it believes it needs.

Withdrawal symptoms can be very dangerous, and they include:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Mood swings
  • Chills
  • Hot flashes
  • Goosebumps
  • Light sensitivity
  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Delirium
  • Dehydration
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures


What are the Signs of an Addiction?

You may not be here to get information for yourself. And instead, you want to identify if a loved one needs help with an addiction. Before you act, there are some signs you can be on the lookout for to confirm your suspicions.

  • Withdrawing away from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and leisure activities
  • Missing work regularly
  • Acting more standoffish or aggressive
  • Defensive about their drug or alcohol use
  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Selling or giving away their possessions
  • Stealing from friends and family members
  • Declining physical health
  • Has a family history of addiction

Suppose you think that your loved one is struggling with an addiction. In that case, the best thing you can do is speak to our team about a family referral and whether an intervention specialist can help get the addict to drug and alcohol rehab. The last thing you want to do is scare them away from getting help.


The Importance of Seeking Help

If you accept that you have an addiction, you need to start thinking about what you want to happen next. You could continue with your addiction, putting yourself at risk of long-term side effects such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart problems
  • Fertility issues
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Loss of teeth
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Homelessness
  • Criminal record

It is never too late to make a change; you can find help to avoid the worst side effects of addiction and start living a happier and healthier life.

It is important to seek help for your addiction because you simply cannot safely deal with it alone. If you try, you are putting yourself at risk of serious harm and potentially death. Help for your addiction is readily available. All you need to do is ask for it.


Residential Rehabs Abroad

Residential alcohol and drug rehab have repeatedly proven to be the best option for long-term recovery.

This is because, over a 28-day period, you will fully immerse yourself into your treatments. As a result, there will be no delay between treatments offering you a very linear experience that allows you to feel as though you are progressing.

Residential rehab also gives you a break away from the stress of everyday life. During your treatments, everything you need is handled for you, and you won’t need to resist temptations as you will be kept far away from all drugs and alcohol.

Private drug and alcohol rehab abroad takes all that is good about residential rehab and improves it. Being as far away as possible from your familiar surroundings gives you a chance to embrace your treatments and make real progress with your recovery.


Get Help Now

We at Addiction Advocates want to help you find yourself in the best possible rehab centre for your needs. We can find you a drug and alcohol rehab centre in Murcia that has been carefully vetted and cleared by us so that you can just relax and focus on your treatments.

We understand that this will be difficult for you, so we aim to make finding a rehab centre as easy as possible. All you need to do is call us at 0800 012 6088 and let us handle the rest.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a family intervention?
Sometimes the person with the addiction is in denial about their problem, but their substance use and associated behaviour can cause problems for loved ones and others around them. A family intervention is a process where family members and other loved ones can confront the addict – in a calm, controlled and structured way – with the impact their drinking or drug use is having on those around them.
How do I convince a loved one to access treatment?
Convincing a loved one to access treatment can be difficult, especially as many individuals who have become dependent on drugs or alcohol cannot recognise that they need help. Instead of convincing a loved one to access treatment, we recommend informing them of their options. Ensuring that they know you are there to support them at all times will also assist them. If you find that your support is rejected, we can help you make a family referral. We can additionally assist you in staging an intervention, should it be required.
Do I really need to go to rehab?
It’s very common for people suffering from an addiction to be in denial. You must recognise, or have someone else that can recognise, the signs and symptoms of addiction so that you can receive treatment urgently. There’s no addiction too mild or too severe to receive addiction treatment.