Addiction is the compulsive use of drugs or alcohol. It is a chronic, progressive and potentially life threatening disease. Individuals who struggle with compulsive behavior or addiction may also suffer from anxiety or depression. Addiction has the distinct characteristic of having the power to affect all members of the family.
Addiction is often used as a way to escape or numb emotional pain. For the short term the pain is treated but, the distress returns and a dangerous downward spiral begins of increasing doses and more frequent use. There are no determining factors for whether or not one will become an addict.
Symptoms of Addiction & Compulsive Behavior
Determining if you or a loved one suffers from addiction can be difficult. Generally addiction is characterized by alcohol or substance use that causes one or more of the following problems in a one –year period:
- Recurring substance use that results in a failure to fulfill obligations at work, school, or home
- Recurring alcohol or substance use in situations in which it is physically hazardous
- Recurring alcohol or substance-related legal problems
- Continued alcohol or substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of alcohol or substance use
Treatment and Counseling for Substance Abuse and Addiction
Fortunately, treatments are available to help counter the powerful and disruptive effects of addiction. Research and experience of the counselors at Therapy Today shows that combining treatment medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success. Treatment is structured to include all members of the family to help heal the damages and maintain sobriety. Our counselors tailor a treatment approach for each person’s unique abuse patterns and address any co-occurring psychiatric and social problems. This helps ensure sustained recovery and a life without abuse.