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Addictive Behavior

Addictive Behavior Addictive behavior can indicate the early stages of a serious addiction or dependency. When an object, activity, substance or behavior becomes the focal point of a person’s life in Boise, this focus creates addictive behavior. Addictive behavior can influence a person physically, mentally, emotionally or socially. Just because a person is exhibiting signs of addictive behavior does not necessarily indicate that he or she is abusing drugs or alcohol. While people with addictive behaviors are more susceptible to drug or alcohol abuse, it is necessary to uncover all the facts before making assumptions or accusations about addiction.

Signs of Addictive Behavior in Boise Residents

Learning the signs of addictive behavior can be the starting point to determining whether a Boise resident needs addiction help or not. These addictive behavior signs may include the following:

  • Obsession. The person is constantly fixated on an object, activity or substance.
  • Compulsion. The person will compulsively perform the activity or behavior and may be doing so unwillingly.
  • Lack of self-control. The person no longer has control over his or her actions or behaviors.
  • Denial. The person will deny the negative impact that the addictive behavior is causing. He or she may aware of the issues present but pretend otherwise.
  • Secrecy. The person hides addictive habits from loved ones who have expressed concern.
  • Blackouts or “block-outs.” The person will forget or make him or herself forget what happened during the addictive behavior.

When Does Addictive Behavior Turn into Drug or Alcohol Addiction?

If a person has been showing addictive behaviors, he or she may be struggling with a serious drug or alcohol problem. As drug addiction continues, its signs become more apparent and severe. Signs that a loved one may have a full-blown drug or alcohol addiction include the following:

  • Self-isolation
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Frequent unexplained mood swings
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Tolerance (the need to have more of the substance in order to feel its original effect)
  • Neglecting or failing to meet responsibilities of school, work, relationships or home
  • Failed attempts to end substance use
  • The absence of people, activities or interests that used to bring joy and happiness into life in Boise
  • Lost interest or lack of motivation for anything that does not involve drug/alcohol use

How to Get Help for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Boise residents must seek treatment help, if they are serious about quitting an addiction for good. There are always underlying causes of addiction, and these causes must be addressed and treated if a person wants any chance at recovery. Since addiction affects all aspects of person’s life in Boise, individuals should find treatment for their whole self. This type of treatment will provide physical, mental and spiritual healing. Without treatment help most individuals will relapse and fail in their plan to quit.

Getting Help for a Boise Resident with a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

If you think you or a loved one may have a drug or alcohol addiction, call our toll-free number today to learn more about addictive behavior and addiction recovery. Our highly-trained recovery counselors are here to talk with you 24 hours a day. Please don’t wait any longer. Pick up the phone and call us today.