Addiction and Substance Abuse
More often than not, drug addictions start with the experimental use of a drug in social situations. For some people, use of the drug becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired effect, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “normal.”
Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use the drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the drug
- Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
- Failed attempts to quit or stop using the drug
- Problems in relationships and physical health
- Ongoing ambivalence about quitting
If any of the above is consistent with your experience, it may be time to consider treatment.
We will work together to understand the factors that maintain your addiction, collaborate on the changes you want to make, and then develop a plan of change. I believe there are multiple pathways to recovery not a one-size fits all approach. Change is never easy, there are ups and downs over the course of change making it easy to feel hopeless. Together we will not give up and help you live an addiction free life. Contact me today.