Recognizing an addiction problem in someone you know, or in yourself can be harder than it seems. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain’s reward, motivation, and memory functions. Someone with an addiction will crave a substance or other behavioral habits. They’ll often ignore other areas of life to fulfill or support their desires.

Many individuals are not aware that they have a problem until they have experienced loss, or their life starts to fall apart. It is ok to be apprehensive about counseling and treatment. When approaching this topic we will focus on harm reduction to support you in the state of change that you find yourself in. It is important to move at your own pace and therapy will provide support and education to help you move forward.

 

General signs of addiction are:

  • lack of control, or inability to stay away from a substance or behavior

  • decreased socialization, like abandoning commitments or ignoring relationships

  • ignoring risk factors, like sharing needles despite potential consequences

  • physical effects, like withdrawal symptoms or needing higher dosage for effect

Resources: 

Substance Use Workbook