Orange County Director Explains How to Know if You Need Help with Substance Abuse

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Paula Rice-Sherman, Director PHOC Adult ServicesIf you feel yourself losing control and continuing to use drugs despite negative consequences, it may be time to evaluate whether you need treatment.

Paula Rice-Sherman, our Director of Adult Services in Orange County, works with the Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (a treatment program for women with children) and a Medication-Assisted Treatment Services program. She took some time to outline how to know when rehab is necessary.

If you are suffering with substance abuse problems, Paula tells us, matters can become much worse if you don’t seek treatment. The sooner you seek help, the easier it will be to work through the causes of your drug use.

Signs that you should reach out for help, in no particular order:

  1. You feel you take pills or drugs to cope with problems.
  2. You think you need to take the drug regularly, e.g. daily or every few hours.
  3. You failed in attempts to stop using the drug.
  4. You spend money on drugs even though you can’t afford it.
  5. You go to extremes, such as stealing and lying to obtain drugs.
  6. You’ve suffered trauma and it’s hard to stop thinking about it.
  7. You feel disconnected from the activities you love.
  8. Your relationships are deteriorating.
  9. You’ve been told to get help for your drinking or drug use.
  10. You hide alcohol or sneak drinks.
  11. Your family and/or close friends have blamed your problems on your substance use.
  12. You neglect your hygiene or self-care.
  13. You develop(ed) feelings of regret or remorse after consuming substances.
  14. You experience blackouts or have had memory lapses.

If you can identify with three or more of these signs, then it is time to seek treatment. Know that seeking treatment isn’t a sign of weakness. It means you have remarkable courage and the desire to live a healthy, sober life.

We want you to know that you are not alone in feeling hopeless or lost. There is something you can do and we are here to help you overcome your addiction.

Find a treatment center near you or find out more about our programs and services by calling 888 671 9392.

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