3 signs of addiction

As people who are professionally trained, we are qualified to diagnose and treat addiction. Addiction is often complex and involves psychological aspects that are best treated by people specialised and experienced in this field.

People who suffer from addiction frequently believe that they are in control. They would, for example, not know the truth about themselves, even though it is patently obvious to those around them.

Our team at PARc are experts in treating addiction and want to give you the very best chance of permanent recovery.

The 3 signs of Addiction:
There are certain characteristics that can be assumed for someone that is addicted or severely dependent. They come in three different aspectsย of all addictive behaviour with substances:

i) Being unable to control the consumption anymore, therefore hiding how much they are tolerating and going off on ‘benders’ or binge drinking.

ii) A more subtle side of addiction is the inability to stop oneself from reigniting the addiction. The user loses the power of choice and is unable to stop themselves from doing it all over again, despite making solemn oaths.

iii) They display personality shifts, which could be easily compared to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, up and down, loud and quiet, happy and depressed. Their attitude becomes selfish and self- centred.
Addictions to anything can be spotted by new personality traits such as greed, selfishness, short tempered and being self-centred.

The Self-Test

If you are unsure if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, and whether or not you need help, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Have you ever made the decision to quit drinking or using for a week, but only lasted for a couple of days? Or tried to cut down only to find you couldn’t?
  2. Have any of your friends and family suggested that you might have a problem? Do you often wish people would mind their own business about your drinking or using and stop telling you what to do? Is this causing conflict within your family, friends and own conscience?
  3. Have you ever drank or used more than you intended to? Have you ever regretted that first drink, line or pill?
  4. Have you begun drinking or using alone? Have you begun to realise that you need a drink or drug to get started, or just to stop shaking / ill feelings in the morning?
  5. Do you envy people who can drink or use without getting into trouble? Are you therefore drinking or using in your bathroom, car, office or other private places?
  6. Have you had any health problems connected with your drinking or using and still carried on doing it? Are you happy with your current sex life?
  7. Have you ever stolen money to finance your next binge?
  8. Do you ever try to ensure you get an extra drink / hit than those around you because you know one won’t be enough and you believe you need more than the others?
  9. Do you tell yourself you can stop drinking / using any time you want to, even though you keep getting drunk / high when you didn’t intend to?
  10. Have you missed days off work because of your drinking or using? Or are you afraid that if you stop drinking and using that your quality of work will suffer – you will lose energy, motivation, confidence etc?

Did you answer YES to any of these questions?

If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions it is likely that you have a drink or drug problem. You may well be an alcoholic and / or addict.

Why do we say this?

Because our own experience has shown us our patterns of behaviour to be alike and these are huge tell tale signs. Man y people wait until they can agree with many or even most of the 10 points before asking for help. When do you think is the best time to turn your life around? There’s a good metaphor for this – Q) “When do you think is the best time to plant a tree?” A) “About 50 years ago”. Q) “When is the second best time to plant a tree?” A) “Now!!”

The PARC is a 12 Step (non-Religious) residential treatment centre for people struggling with addictions.


We use the 12 Step Program of Recovery because it has already been proven to work.

Our minimum stay is 28 days, though most of our Residents extend for 2 months. Some people commit to our full 12 week program, which we believe is the optimal amount of time to spend in rehab, if you have the luxury of spending that much time and money on yourself. 



We’ve kept the costs down to a minimum, without compromising on our great standards of care and comfort, in our efforts to serve as many families as possible. We hope that we’re able to work with you and your budget. Please speak to us to discuss your situation and we’ll do our best to accommodate your specific requirements.

 
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Addiction is potentially life-threatening, it has also been recently classified as a disease of the brain. Many individuals die from addiction as a result of not seeking help and treatment. Addiction has habitual and ritualistic elements. People dealing with addiction generally agree that it can not be cured; an addict’s choices and habits, however, can be changed, enabling that person to live a full and normal life

Breaking an addiction frequently requires a ‘detox’ treatment, following which residential treatment is advised. Residential treatment generally includes evidence-based therapy and forms of evidence-based and group therapy. Addiction cannot be cured but it can be arrested and successfully treated; from there recovery can be maintained.

Characteristics of Addiction – Am I An Addict?
Addiction can affect anyone (of any gender, age, profession, upbringing, social class, sexuality, nationality, religion or race).

If you are wondering what addiction is and whether you suffer from it, there are certain symptoms you should look for. If you feel that (any of) these symptoms apply to you, we sincerely advise that you seek help.

Each individual that suffers from addiction will be affected in different ways. However, there are 3 basic symptoms of addiction that are common in all:

If you can identify with a ‘yes’ to these 3 core characteristics of addiction, it is likely you are an alcoholic or an addict, or that you have addictive illness. This being the case, you are suffering from a powerful disease of the brain that is beyond your own mental control.

Characteristics of Addiction – Am I An Addict?
Addiction can affect anyone (of any gender, age, profession, upbringing, social class, sexuality, nationality, religion or race).

If you are wondering what addiction is and whether you suffer from it, there are certain symptoms you should look for. If you feel that (any of) these symptoms apply to you, we sincerely advise that you seek help.

Each individual that suffers from addiction will be affected in different ways. However, there are 3 basic symptoms of addiction that are common in all:

If you can identify with a ‘yes’ to these 3 core characteristics of addiction, it is likely you are an alcoholic or an addict, or that you have addictive illness. This being the case, you are suffering from a powerful disease of the brain that is beyond your own mental control.

Modern research has shown that an addict’s brain is not like a normal brain. Over time, with repeated exposure to a mood and mind-altering substance or activity, the brain’s neural pathways rewire to compulsively seek and feed the addiction. This removes the power of choice from the equation.

Addiction is a progressive illness and only ever gets worse with time. As addiction progresses, the negative consequences get bigger and bigger.

Private addiction detox and rehab clinic Phuket Addiction Recovery Clinic, offers a long-term solution for people addicted to alcohol, drugs or a behaviour (such as sex addiction, or food addiction). Evidenced-based treatments delivered within the safe and secure in-patient setting of our wonderful Resort in Phuket, Thailand, can provide you with the firmest of foundations for permanent recovery from addiction.

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