How often have you or someone else said, “I know, I know, it’s a bad habit and I need to quit. I’m working on it” when shown concern regarding substance use? Many people use this phrase to avoid continued conversation about their substance use because it makes them uncomfortable. Some people don’t even see their use as a problem, while others are aware that their use is getting out of hand but have not yet taken the steps towards recovery. No matter your situation, it’s important to recognize the signs between a “bad habit” and a full-blown addiction – the difference between these dictates whether you need to simply cut back or whether you need to seek out a reputable treatment center.
First, it’s important to break down exactly what each term means. “Bad habits” are typically negative patterns of behavior. Examples of this could include overspending, procrastination, drinking too much on the weekends with coworkers, and more. “Addiction” involves a number of factors that create a much more serious issue. Consider the following 5 questions regarding substance use to determine whether you or a loved one have a bad habit or addiction:
- Do you experience constant cravings and thoughts surrounding substance use?
- Have you given up a lot of your old hobbies in order to use substances instead?
- Have you been told that your mood, attitude, and/or motivation levels have changed by a close friend or family member?
- Has your substance use gotten you into any trouble whether socially, health-wise, financially, or something else?
- Have you tried to cut down or quit but have been unsuccessful?
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, addiction is very likely present. The old adage, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” has played a part in the creation of a culture of substance abuse in America, as it suggests that it’s never a bad time to use. CBS News asserts that 23% of Americans subscribe to this rule, making it even more difficult to discern between a bad habit and when it’s time to seek help.
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