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10 Signs You May be Chemically Dependent to a drug.

by Ned Wicker
(Wisconsin)

Steve Arterburn has the top ten signs of chemical dependence. If you are looking for treatment for a chemical dependence please visit this website: http://www.newlife.com for more information about chemical addiction.

You or your loved one may not have all of these symptoms but if they are a good characterization of the situation then you/your loved on may have a problem. As you review this list you must be completely honest with yourself, often people minimize their drug or alcohol use:

1. You’ve had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves.

2. You have tried to stop or felt the need to stop. While you are successful for a short period of time, you always return to the same levels of consumption.

3. You’ve lied to family members and friends about the frequency or extent of your drinking or "using."

4. You keep a personal supply or "stash" of alcohol or drugs so it is a available when you need it.

5. You’ve withdrawn from your normal circle of friends and family.

6. It takes more alcohol or drugs than it used to, to relax or stimulate you.

7. You have memory "blackouts" or periods of time you can’t account for.

8. Your work or school performance has begun to decline and you have missed some days because of drinking or using.

9. You’re having difficulty participating in any of your old hobbies, sports or other activities that you used enjoy time.

10. You feel uncomfortable talking about your drinking or drug use. The reality is, though, you will NEED to open up if you want to get well.


If five or more of these are present then it is likely that you are chemically dependent on the drug. Detox treatment will probably be required to allow you to move into addiction recovery and most of the other symptoms of addiction are likely to be present.

If most of these addiction signs are generally present then there is likely that there is chemical addiction.

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