Substance Use / Abuse

Addiction is a chronic disease that can be described as the continuing use of illicit drugs, prescriptions medications, or alcohol despite negative and harmful consequences. Addiction is considered a family disease due to when one is suffering from addiction the consequences they face often will disrupt family dynamics and causes stressors on family members. It is important for not only those suffering from addiction, but for their families to also receive treatment as well.

substance use

Often times, those suffering from addiction also have other mental health diagnosis as well, which is called Dual Diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder. Addiction and Mental health disorders are often treated at the same time.

Symptoms of Addiction

Taking more than prescribed medication such as an opiate (pain medication) and/or Benzodiazepines (sedatives)

Feeling sick, or experiencing withdrawal symptoms, when you abruptly stop taking prescription medication, using a substance, or drinking alcohol

Loss of job, unable to function at work/home

Economic issues that arise due to spending more money on drugs and alcohol

Revolving your daily activities around drinking or using a substance

Interpersonal issues with family members and loved ones, due to the effects of behavior caused by substance use

Will use substances and/or alcohol to minimize feelings of depression and/or anxiety

Can only stop using substances for a few days, and during those days of sobriety will ruminate about that substance until you use again

Book an Appointment