Am I an Addict? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

Answer These Questions Honestly to Determine Your Level of Drug Dependence

If you’re concerned about your drug use and worried you might be an addict, consider these questions and try to answer them as honestly as possible.

  1. Do you think about using drugs frequently–even several times a day?
  2. Do you spend money on drugs even though you cannot afford to?
  3. Has your drug use negatively impacted your work?
  4. Have family or friends expressed concern to you about your drug use?
  5. Do you try to keep a supply of drugs on hand?
  6. Have you ever committed an illegal act when procuring or using drugs?
  7. Have you tried to stop using drugs but failed?
  8. Have you mixed drugs or used drugs with alcohol?
  9. Have you used prescription drugs recreationally?
  10. Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use drugs for a certain period of time?

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab today at 877.969.1993 to learn how we can help.

What Do These Results Mean?

If you answered yes to any of these questions it might be time to seek professional addiction treatment. Answering yes to any of these questions could indicate that you have a drug addiction or drug abuse problem. Addiction is a chronic condition. It will not get better on its own, in fact, in most cases, addiction only gets worse and leads to a deterioration of your mental and physical health if left untreated.

If I Am an Addict, What Do I Do?

If you are concerned that you may have developed an addiction, we want you to know that you are not alone.  We also want you to know that effective treatment for addiction is available. With treatment anyone can learn to manage addiction, no one is too far gone. Just like any other chronic medical condition, a person cannot typically control addiction on their own. Drug addiction involves powerful physical, mental, and behavioral dependencies. Statistics show that without high-quality addiction treatment, managing an addiction successfully is unlikely.

The Risk of Leaving Addiction Untreated

Drug addiction can take a serious toll on a person’s mental and physical health. Ill health effects may occur gradually, owing to habitual drug use, or they may occur after a single use that causes adverse reactions. There is no question that drug use will lead to the overall deterioration of a person’s health; the only questions are when and to what extent. Leaving addiction untreated not only leaves the drug user vulnerable to poor health, but continued drug use can adversely affect their family, relationships, career, and finances. Their legal standing may also be at risk.

What Is Addiction Treatment Like?

Addiction treatment differs from rehab to rehab. If you imagine rehab as an institutional experience, then WhiteSands will probably surprise you.  WhiteSands was founded with the goal of raising the standard of care and improving recovery rates in the field of addiction treatment.  Hundreds of 5-star Google reviews from former clients plus the fact that WhiteSands was ranked the #1 Addiction Treatment Center in Florida by Newsweek magazine two years in a row help us to know that we are reaching our goals.

We believe that a comfortable guest makes a successful patient.  We’ve seen time and time again how emphasizing patient comfort actually improves treatment outcomes.  Rehabilitation should be a positive and empowering experience, when clients are comfortable they’re able to open up and be more receptive to treatment.

So what is addiction treatment like at WhiteSands?  At WhiteSands you will not only find the full continuum of addiction care customized to meet the needs of each client, you will also discover a rehab experience where patients are treated as guests during their stay.  Our inpatient rehab centers feature private rooms with private bathrooms and televisions in each room. We know that rehab can be emotionally intense and we understand that there will be times when you want to retreat to the privacy of your own room.  Guests are also allowed to use their cellphones and laptops once treatment is over for the day because it’s understandable that you will want to keep in touch with loved ones outside of rehab.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab today at 877.969.1993 to learn how we can help.

WhiteSands also provides an incredible array of amenities and activities because we want you to start feeling good about yourself again.  During your time with us, you will learn healthy new habits and coping skills like exercising and socializing with sober friends. Our brand new athletics center features yoga and fitness classes, the opportunity to work out with personal trainers, and even a boxing program where you can be trained by professional boxing trainers.  While completely optional, the WhiteSands boxing program is a favorite among guests who say it’s an ideal outlet for the intense emotions that come up during treatment.

During the treatment process, clients can expect to go through medical detox, which targets the physical aspects of addiction and helps to ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms, keeping the patient safe and as comfortable as possible. After detox is complete, they will participate in individual and group counseling sessions that help them manage the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction. During therapy, clients learn what to identify what has triggered them to abuse drugs. Then, they work with their therapist to develop strategies to cope with those triggers in healthy ways that support recovery. At WhiteSands, relapse prevention also plays a central role in the treatment process.

Ideally, addiction treatment should include evidence-based treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy. Many rehabs, including WhiteSands, also feature holistic treatments that enhance recovery and address the whole person, not just their addiction. Programs typically last 30, 60, or 90 days and may be followed up with aftercare, which is designed to support clients as they transition back to their everyday lives and rebuild them in the context of sobriety.

What Options Are There for Drug Rehab?

There are various treatment programs available today. Clients can choose between inpatient treatment programs and outpatient programs. Inpatient programs are ideal for clients who are just beginning their recovery journey. Clients are able to focus entirely on their recovery in a safe setting, untroubled by distractions–or temptations. Outpatient programs are ideal for clients who feel stable enough to reside at home while attending therapy sessions during the day. An addiction specialist can help you choose a program that’s the right fit for you.

How Can I Learn More about Addiction Treatment?

If you know or suspect that you have a drug addiction, you can contact WhiteSands for a consultation. We can assess your condition and recommend the ideal treatment course for you. With treatment, you can safeguard your health and future. We offer a wide range of treatment options. Contact us so we can discuss how to get started rebuilding your life and helping you put your addiction behind you.

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.