Drug addiction is a disease. It should be treated as one. This means that in order to deal with your addiction, you’ll need to go into treatment, allow the drugs to leave your system, and then learn to live a sober life. However, before you do any of this, you need to know when it’s time to get professional help with your drug addiction. Here are some of the signs to look for.

1) You’ve hit rock bottom and have nowhere else to turn.

Many addicts hit an extremely low point in their lives. Their friends no longer speak to them, their loved ones no longer trust them, and they have no job or co-workers. They have no money, and if they do, it’s spent on drugs, not anything else. They’ve truly reached a point where they can’t move forward. Some might become depressed and consider suicide because their only reliable “friend” in life is also the one ruining it – their drug of choice. When you’re at this point in your life, it’s time to seek professional help. Your loved ones will accept you again once you’re sober and are able to begin building those bonds of trust back up.

2) You’ve driven a car while on drugs.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your car or one that belongs to a friend. All that matters here is that you’ve driven while high. This is a major warning sign, as you could’ve killed yourself or someone else. Driving while on drugs is a very bad thing to do, since a car can easily become a deadly weapon. Plus, the fact that you go behind the wheel while on drugs is a sign that you no longer know right from wrong. Your addiction has taken over.

3) Your friends and family members stage an intervention.

Even if you’ve managed to isolate yourself from your loved ones, they no doubt still care about you. At some point, they may try to stage an intervention in order to get you to seek professional help for your addiction. If this happens, it’s a sign that they haven’t given up on you. They still care. And they think that your addiction is bad enough that you need professional help in order to recover from it. If this happens, then you definitely should consider getting the help that you deserve.

4) You’ve tried to quit on your own, but have been unsuccessful.

If you’ve tried to quit using drugs on your own terms – as in literally just stopped taking them for a day to see if you could do it – but went back to them, then you definitely need professional help. Being unable to quit on your own for many reasons is a sign that you need help. Usually, this is due to a lack of willpower or having to deal with extreme detoxification symptoms.

5) You no longer have a job, or you’ve been kicked out of college.

If you’ve lost your job because of your addiction, then you clearly cannot quit taking drugs on your own. The same is true if you were kicked out of college. In both of these situations, you probably chose to skip work or class either because you needed to continue using or you were too high to function. You chose drugs over your responsibilities. Clearly, your addiction is winning. In order to get back on track, you’ll need to go to inpatient rehab or see a professional addiction counselor. Some combination of the two should work.

6) You’re in trouble with the law.

Drug addictions can lead to legal problems. These can be anything from getting caught driving while intoxicated to accidentally buying drugs from (or selling them to) an undercover cop. No matter what the offense is, if you’re facing jail time, then you need to get sober. In some cases, the court will allow you to go through a professional rehabilitation program (followed by a stop at a halfway house) instead of spending time behind bars. This isn’t always the case, but if you’re determined to overcome your addiction, then most courts will find a way to help you. You need to be committed to the change, however, because they’ve heard every excuse in the past.

7) You have severe drug-related health issues.

Let’s put it this way – drug addictions have health consequences. Some of them can damage your liver and pancreas. If you keep repeatedly overdosing, your heart and the circulatory system could be harmed. The lack of oxygen in an overdose situation can damage your brain. You eventually stop all of your healthy habits and pick up bad ones, such as not eating right, not exercising, and so on. If you end up with serious health problems because of your addiction, then you need to get professional help in order to quit. There’s no way around it.

Author Bio – This article is a contribution of Paul Lee promoting Lanna Rahab specializing in offering the most comprehensive addiction treatment in the world.