You can’t hide it any longer.
Maybe it started out with a drink after work to take the edge off. And it worked—for an hour or so.
But as time goes by, one drink has turned into five and that little voice in your head saying “I need this” has grown louder and louder.
Getting to work has been more and more of a struggle lately and you just recently found yourself going by the liquor store on your lunch break to “take the edge off.” That was a new low. Your family, friends, and colleagues are noticing and your excuses are wearing thin.
There’s nowhere left to run and you’re so tired of running, anyway.
Here are a few warning signs that you may be struggling with a drug or alcohol problem:
- Loss of Control: Drinking or using drugs more than you wants to for longer than you intended, or despite telling yourself “I won’t do it this time”
- Neglecting Other Activities: Spending less time on activities that used to be important to you, such as spending time with friends and family, pursuing hobbies, or performing at work or school
- Relationship Issues: Your relationships are suffering and you find yourself hiding from loved ones or getting angry and irritated with them for making comments about your using
- Tolerance: You notice you’ve been needing more and more of the drink or drug to get the same effects
- Withdrawal: As the effect of the alcohol or drugs wear off you notice some of the follow symptoms: anxiety, shakiness, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty sleeping, depression, irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite and headaches
There is a way forward.
At Petrichor Counseling, we can work with you to explore what triggers your drug and alcohol use and help you develop long term plans to remove these triggers when possible and manage them effectively when it’s not.
We provide family therapy services, in order to provide education as well as tools for your loved ones to best support your recovery while also caring for their own needs.
In your individual work, we dig into those issues that fed the substance abuse problems, such as low self esteem, toxic relationships, and traumatic experiences and develop your own internal resources to aid healing.
Addiction isn’t your fault, and it isn’t a sign of weakness.
It’s a powerful illness that requires a team to challenge it head-on. We would be proud to be a part of that team.
If you’re struggling with substance abuse, call us today (470) 736-9595, and begin your road to recovery.