Every addiction begins somewhere. There is a starting point that had led you on this path to where you are today. However, it didn’t just go from one point to today. Instead, there are a number of stages along the way. The further along in the addiction stages you are the more reliant you become on the particular drug, and often times the more you need to use the drug in order to experience the offered effects. However, no matter how far along you are it doesn’t mean there isn’t a path back. First Step Center’s residential treatment center in Scottsdale AZ provides expert recovery treatment.
It is possible to begin your journey to sobriety. Learn the different stages of addiction and the reactions to look out for yourself and your loved ones.
The Addiction Stages
There are five defined stages in most addicts. These five stages are:
- First use
- Regular use
- Risky use
- Addiction disorder
Addiction all begins with the first time. No matter how far along the path of addiction you might find yourself it all stems back to this first time. Everyone experiences this first time differently, but ultimately it is what has led you to your current point.
Regular use is the second stage. This is when you begin to form a pattern of drug use. Perhaps you’re using it just on Saturday night with friends or you’re using it whenever spending time with certain individuals. Whatever the frequency is, if there is a clear regular use or a plan to use it on a regular basis, it marks the second stage.
The third stage is the “risky use” stage. This means you’re starting to undertake what many would dub as risky, even dangerous behavior, in order to use or obtain the drugs. This might mean going into certain parts of town where there is a high risk of being mugged, just to get the drug. You might even attempt to rob someone or steal it. You might also drive while under the influence of the drug. During this stage, you’ll also see the deterioration of relationships, such as romantic relationships, friendships, or work relationships. All of these begin to take the backseat to the addiction.
The fourth stage is the dependence disorder. You’ve now become dependent on the drug. Your body now has a tolerance for the drug and you need to increase the amount you take (because it is taken so often). This means you’re spending more money on the addiction and spending less time on other activities you should be focused on. Your body will also go through withdrawal symptoms if you don’t have the drug, ranging anywhere from throwing up to psychological issues.
The final stage is the full substance addiction disorder. This is where you can’t function on a daily basis without the drug. And now, because you need the drug so often and so much you don’t have any time to work. You’re more likely to become homeless. The best recovery at this point begins at the women’s or men’s drug rehab center in Scottsdale, AZ.
Perhaps you are not the individual suffering from the addiction but you believe you know someone who is. There are signs that they are beginning to go down the path of addiction that turns into a drug or alcohol use disorder. Some of the signs to these stages of addiction you will want to watch out for include:
- The loss of control when in public
- Skipping out on activities and hobbies they normally enjoy
- Decline in their performance at work or school
- Sudden financial problems that seemingly have come out of nowhere
A Single Call Is All It Takes To Break The Stages of Addiction
These are not only the different stages of addiction but also what to look for if you believe a friend or loved one is suffering from an addiction. No matter how far along these stages you or your loved one might be there is always a path back to sober, healthy living. However, the sooner you make the decision to get clean the better off you are and the easier it will be. The first step toward living a sober life and moving past the addiction is to give First Step Center a call at 866.832.6398. Contact us today to stop the cycle of addiction.