Men's Health (USA)
Wait, Do I Have a Problem?
Experts point toward these five common signs that indicate whether you should seek help.
Addiction hijacks your desires. Do you fixate on experiencing the effects of a substance or behavior? Does your behavior change if something keeps you from using?
Addiction is overpowering. Are you obsessively thinking about a substance or behavior, making it hard to do or think about anything else?
Loss of control
Addiction lowers the bar in terms of holding yourself accountable. Are you setting rules or limits for your behavior, only to consistently fall short?
Continued use despite consequences
Addiction often causes you to struggle at work and in your relationships. Are you making excuses or explaining away those struggles?
Chronic negative behavior
Addiction monopolizes your time. Are you leaving work early to meet up with a dealer or skipping your kid’s soccer game because you’re hungover?
Many of these issues go hand in hand. If you’re experiencing one or two regularly, it’s likely the other C’s will follow. Externalize the issue in order to better confront it, says Dr. Sanchez-Samper: “I have this. I can recruit other people to help me with this.” Shame and guilt won’t work—honesty and support will.