There are many signs of addiction, whether you or a loved one experiences addiction to alcohol, heroin, prescription opioids, or some other substance. The attentive, professional staff at The Right Step Centers know the signs of addiction, and how to provide treatment programs that help an individual through recovery from addiction, and from dependence. When you experience one or more symptoms or signs indicating that you have an addiction, getting the help that you need is crucial to your health, and possibly, to your life. Addiction signs are more harmful and more complex than some signs of tolerance, or signs of dependence on any drug. Learn about the signs of addiction, how they potentially affect you, and your loved ones. Understanding Addiction When you have an addiction to one or more substances, you cannot live up to that age-old comment that, "I can stop using anytime that I want to stop using. I just do not want to stop." The reason that you cannot stop using anytime that you want is because, with addiction, an individual does not have control. Addiction is a disease. Some specific factors about addiction include: \tAddiction often starts with experimental use of recreational drugs with friends or peers \tSome people become addicted to drugs legally prescribed to them \tSome substances lead to addiction faster than other substances \tIndividuals with addiction typically continue using the drug in spite of harmful consequences \tAddiction is a complicated disease that affects the brain and major organs \tCo-occurring mental health disorders often occur with\u00a0addiction It is important to understand that your addiction is caused by a brain disorder. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that addiction involves the functional changes to circuits within your brain that are involved in self-control, reward, and stress. Your ability to exhibit self-control diminishes as the addiction progresses, likely leading to increasing the amount and frequency of your drug use. Although most people likely think of drugs like heroin, fentanyl, or prescription opioids when considering addiction, it is possible to become addicted to virtually any drug, including marijuana, street drugs such as meth, club drugs, and benzodiazepines. An important part of understanding addiction and the need for you to get addiction treatment involves knowing the signs of addiction. Signs of Addiction There are many signs and symptoms of addiction. Some symptoms vary by the particular drug that led to the addiction. Some common signs of addiction include: \tHaving intense urges for the drug \tHaving to use more of the drug to get the same effect \tSpending money on drugs when you cannot afford it \tCommitting crimes to get money for drugs \tCommitting violent acts while under the influence or committing other acts that you normally would not do \tContinuing to use the substance in spite of knowing that it is causing you harm \tExperiencing withdrawal if you try to stop using There are other signs and symptoms of addiction that the empathetic staff at the Right Step can help you understand as you start your recovery. How Do I Get Help for my Signs of Addiction? Admitting that you need help is a big step towards regaining control over your life. Some people need to undergo detox before starting their treatment. Once you complete detox, you start the comprehensive treatment program that gets you back to living a healthy lifestyle without having to turn to drugs just to get through another day. Contact us today at and discover the benefits of starting on your path to recovery.