When to Seek Treatment for Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

Approximately 1 in every 10 people in the United States are addicted to alcohol or drugs, but less than 11% receive the treatment they need. How do you know when it’s time to seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction? Here are 5 signs that the time is now:

Your addiction is causing harm to yourself and or others.

If you find yourself, friends, or family in any physical or emotional danger, it is imperative you seek treatment immediately. As each person’s struggle with addiction is different and many symptoms vary, treatment is available for a wide variety of cases. Remember, it is never too early or too late to seek treatment.

Your life revolves around your addiction.

Whether due to physical limitations caused by addiction symptoms or behavioral changes brought on by cravings, if you are experiencing a compromised lifestyle, such as abandoning social events, work, or personal responsibilities, it is time to seek treatment.

You are engaging in risky, unsafe behavior.

Along with the medical risks associated with drug or alcohol addiction, risky, unsafe behavior— including financial irresponsibility and public intoxication—could further harm yourself and those around you. Health, professional, and legal problems can all arise from dangerous, substance-induced behavior.

You cannot properly function without drugs or alcohol.

If you are experiencing trouble concentrating, feelings of withdrawal, or mood swings, you should look into treatment. Even in cases of mild addiction without great changes in outward physical or emotional behavior, treatment is available to regain cognitive abilities and confidence.

You have tried to quit but have been unsuccessful.

Maybe you have cut down slightly or pushed yourself through periods without using drugs or alcohol, but if your addiction persists, seeking treatment could help you prolong these successes and allow you to finally abandon substance abuse.  


It is never too early or too late to seek treatment. At Lighthouse Recovery, we’re happy to work to find the Treatment Solution that is best for you, whether or not that may be at one of our Sober Living Homes. Every call is handled on a case-by-case basis and we do not charge for consultations. Please contact us today to find out more how Lighthouse can help you on your road to recovery.


National Institute on Drug Abuse

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline

Learn the signs that it’s the right time to get treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.
John Bowden