addiction hotlinesAddiction help hotlines are toll-free hotlines that can be found on almost any addiction or rehabilitation-oriented addiction website.  These phone numbers are invaluable.  When one calls such a number, he or she will be put in touch instantly with an individual who can basically assist him or her in finding help for his or her addiction problem.  To the degree that he or she needs help, the counselor on the other end of the line will work fact and with great speed to ensure that the caller gets that help exactly.  Addiction help hotlines act as invaluable tools for assisting addicted individuals in finding inpatient rehab programs to go to.

So what sort of person most needs an addiction helpline, really?  Who can be helped by these free hotlines?  Really anyone can be helped by them.  Anybody who has struggled with an addiction issue and needs help with quitting can make use of such a helpline to assist them in taking the right steps needed to end their addiction once and for all.  Furthermore, anyone who is seeking help for someone else who is suffering with addiction can also get great support from lines like these.

How to Tell if Your Loved One is Abusing Drugs and Alcohol or Not and if a Hotline is Needed

Unfortunately, many people who find themselves in the throes and the grips of an addiction problem are in fact firmly in denial about the depth and breadth of the problem as it is affecting them.  To assist you in getting to the bottom of their situation, here are some of the signs to look out for that may indicate whether the person in question has become addicted to a substance of abuse and that the time has come to reach out for help:

• Defensiveness and an unwillingness to communicate: One sign that a person has become dependent on a substance is a prickly defensiveness regarding use and abuse of the substance.  They’ll be antagonistic about it. Hostility, anger and attempts to redirect the conversation are all too typical signs that a drug or alcohol user is hiding something and may have mistakenly come to believe that there’s something shameful about an addiction too, and that they most definitely are addicted after all.

• Dishonesty and telling straight lies: People who are addicted to drugs or alcohol lie frequently, (almost on a daily basis in fact), in an effort to continue with the abusive pattern that they already have established. Lying about drug or alcohol use implies very strongly that someone hides something fishy that they don’t want you to find out about.

• Cravings for substances: This is a very strong sign that dependence has set in for the user of drugs or alcohol.  Dependence is that actual need itself to have the drug chemical or substance in the user’s body, regardless of the health risks that that might incur.  While different drugs have vastly different potentials for abuse and dependence, eventually that dependence shows itself in some way that’s going to be hard to conceal from those who are close to the individual. Craving the substance first thing in the morning, needing it to overcome emotional or other stresses and the ability to consume more of the drug than before all speak to the formation of a powerful dependence too.

• Persistence towards getting drugs and staying addicted: Strictly, chemical addiction is defined as persistent use of a substance despite rising penalties for use and despite rising risks to the person’s life. A drug or alcohol addict will often try to quit but fails in the effort and become discouraged and depressed about it instead.

These are easily the most common and obvious signs of drug and alcohol abuse.  If you notice these in your loved one, then it’s time to do something about it by calling an addiction help hotline.  These hotlines have as their primary goal helping to get addicts into rehab centers, and they can help you find the perfect center that your addicted loved one will be willing to go to.

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