When is the best time to enter a drug rehab program?

When is the best time to enter a drug rehab program?

Once you discover that your alcohol or drug use is out of control then that is a good time to reach out and ask for help from a drug rehab program. If you are already thinking, there is an alcohol or drug problem then chances are your suspicion is correct and there is most likely a problem.

A lot of people do struggle with identifying when is the best time to enter drug rehab. So, asking yourself if it is time to seek professional help is a common question asked all the time. If you have a concern about your alcohol and drug use, go ahead and contact a drug rehab to discuss the problem.

Screening for Alcohol or Drug Problems

The good news is a drug rehab program can help you determine the level of professional help required to help you with your alcohol or drug problem. Most drug rehab programs utilize a process called Screening to help determine if someone is appropriate and eligible for admission into treatment.

There are screening instruments utilized by the alcohol & drug rehab program and there are screening instruments that can be self-administered to help determine if a problem is present. Below is a self-administered screening tool that you can download and take to see if there is a potential problem

Download the Summer Sky Treatment Center® CAGE Substance Use Screening Tool Below:


While the CAGE is a self-administered screening tool it is always best to contact a drug rehab program to discuss your results and then discuss what type of treatment program is best for your situation. The screening process is not to be used for making a diagnosis. The CAGE can help someone narrow down if potential alcohol or drug problem exists and if they should move forward with a formal assessment.

It is always recommended that an individual contact a drug treatment program to discuss their situation and review the different addiction treatment options available. Summer Sky Treatment Center® is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to discuss alcohol or drug problems.

Substance Use Disorder Indicators

Some indicators exist for people who have developed a problem with alcohol or drugs. These indicators are by no means the rule, but they are helpful for people who are struggling to understand if a potential drug problem is active in a person’s life.

  • If you notice that your drinking of alcohol or using an addictive substance has recently increased and you have found it difficult to moderate or stop seeking the substance this is a red flag that a potential problem has developed.
  • Do you drink alcohol or use an addictive substance daily? If so, you are at a higher risk of developing a substance-related disorder.
  • Has your alcohol prescription drug use or use of other addictive substances become continuous? This is often a sign that either a mild, moderate, or severe substance use disorder has developed or is in the process of developing.
  • If you find yourself drinking alcohol or drugs and then run out of the substance and then go to great lengths to obtain and secure more drugs or alcohol, then consider contacting a drug rehab as soon as possible.
  • Do you take a more serious risk than you normally would while intoxicated? Some people will notice their judgment seems more impaired than normal and they are making bad decisions while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Have you noticed that you recently began to engage in criminal behaviors? Some of these behaviors could be stealing, shoplifting, and driving while under the influence. You may even be engaging in drug activities and financing your drug habit from criminal behaviors.

Signs of Progression from Dependency to Addiction

As an individual increases their alcohol or drug usage, they may also notice their body is becoming dependent more on the addictive substance. The consumption of addictive substances may become more frequent, and you may also use a larger-than-normal amount of the substance.

If this is occurring, you could be developing a tolerance to alcohol or drugs. Your physical body can begin to rely upon the addictive substance and will create a tolerance to the substances. The tolerance to the addictive substance is an indicator of someone developing a dependency.

At a certain point, increased negative consequences are experienced and tolerance and negative consequences along with the frequency of use are increased. We call this developing an addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit substances.

Addiction Negative Consequences & Experiences      

When you are experiencing negative consequences as a result of your alcohol or drug consumption then it may be a good idea to consider looking into help from a drug rehab program. If you or a loved one is experiencing physical or psychological distress after discontinuing your use of alcohol or drugs, then is most likely in your best interest to reach out to a drug rehab center.

The best time to enter a drug rehab program is as soon as you recognize that you are losing control over the amount of addictive substance you are ingesting into your body, or if you have lost the inability to control how much of the drug you put into your body.

Don’t risk more addiction-related negative consequences or experiences by continuing your consumption of alcohol or addictive substances. Once an addiction has developed the substance use disorder just progresses to more problems.

Problems or Concerns Indicating a Need for Drug Rehab Program:

  • If you notice that your normal state is pain and discomfort when using alcohol or drugs this is a possible sign that you are entering into a dependency or addiction. Don’t hessite to seek expert help if this is already something you are experiencing.
  • When people are faced with dealing with an alcohol or drug problem, they will often try to stop using the substance hoping that will fix the problem. It makes logical sense that if something is causing you a problem then you must stop the problem by stopping the behavior causing the problem.
  • For some people, the logical action of stopping their alcohol consumption or drug use may not be as simple as just putting on the brakes and stopping the use of the addictive substance. Many times, an individual will abruptly stop using the addictive substance, and depending on the level of severity of the development of the alcohol or drug problem will determine how easy it is to stop.
  • Many people don’t realize their alcohol or drug problem has developed into a medical condition called a substance use disorder. This can be frustrating to realize, and the physical body and mind are often altered to the point where rational decision-making has become impaired.

If you are aware enough of the problem, then seeking help from a substance use disorder treatment program is a good idea at this point. The problem is that many people do not seek help at this realization that a problem exists, they attempt to try and control their alcohol or drug usage instead.

The Control Dilemma with Alcohol or Drugs

Once a person experiences a craving they are often shocked by the experience. The craving can destabilize the individual and disrupt the individual’s ability to stop using the addictive substance. It is a good indicator that addiction is in full force once cravings develop.

To make matters more difficult the individual who is attempting to stop drinking alcohol or drugs is thrown into a dilemma at this point. This new experience called a craving feels like the most intense physical and powerful desire to seek out more of the addictive substance. It can also become overwhelming. The individual is placed in a dilemma of seeking more of the addictive substance to deal with the intense cravings and both are not easy decisions at this point.

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