Recognizing you have a drug problem is never an easy thing to come to grips with, particularly with prescription medication. Taking certain steps will allow you to successful start walking the path to recovery.
How to Accept that You Have a Problem—and Need Help
Because of the shame and misunderstanding surrounding addiction and mental health concerns, many addicts are unwilling to admit that they have a problem and need help. The following tips can help you take the important first steps of admitting you have a problem and reaching out for help:
- Accept that drug addicts come in all socioeconomic, racial, or demographic categories. Often the first barrier to accepting a drug problem is an underlying assumption about what type of person has drug problems. Some feel drug abuse only happens to the undereducated or to the poor, and therefore reject the possibility of having a drug problem based on their social status. The truth is simple—drug abuse impacts every race, every sex, every social class and every neighborhood.
- Understand prescription drugs can be abused. Another common misunderstanding is that addiction only applies to illegal drugs, but this is just not true. An individual can just as easily become addicted to Ambien as to cocaine or methamphetamines.
- Track your use of the drug for a two-week period. Use a small notepad, or a counting app on your smartphone, or just a ticker on your refrigerator. Each time you take the medication, write down when you took and how many you took. At the end of two weeks, tally up your use. Then compare your use to the amount that is prescribed or considered healthy. The results of this two-week tally period will clearly indicate if you have a drug use problem.
- Remember the patterns of your life before you started taking the medication. Time changes all things, but not always for the better. To the extent that you can, recall what your life was like before you started using the medication. Think about specific patterns, like the time you usually went to bed and woke up or how social you were after work. Remember why you started to use the medication in the first place.
Once you have honestly investigated your drug use patterns, your substance abuse may become more apparent to you. But remember, anyone can overcome addiction, and a better life is possible. One of the traps of addiction is the lie that nothing will ever get better. With help, support, and a change in mindset, a better future is always available.
Find Addiction Help Today
If you are struggling with coming to grips with an addiction to a prescription drug like Ambien, the weight of feeling like a failure can be overwhelming. Some days, you can feel as though your story will never be one that is free from addiction. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. We can help you. We can answer your questions. The admission counselors at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline can help you learn more about addiction. They can help you find your way.