More often than not, addictions either start with the experimental use of a substance in social situations or the adaption of a habit that gradually becomes toxic. And for some people, the habit and/or use of a substance becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more to get their desired high and soon a person may need the substance to simply feel “good.”
Addictions may include many things besides drugs and alcohol, including but not limited to: pornography, sex, shopping, gambling, video games, social media, etc.
Addiction Symptoms & Behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use the substance regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the substance
- Over time, needing more of the substance to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the substance
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the substance, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the substance
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance
- Failed attempts to quit using the substance
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.
As an addiction counselor, I will address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and together we’ll structure the time and content of your ongoing recovery.
I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make. Contact me today for a free consultation.