More often than not, drug and alcohol addictions start with an experimental use of either or both in social situations. And for some people, the drug or alcohol use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of either to get their desired high, and soon a person may need either to simply feel “good.”
Drug and alcohol addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use the drug or alcohol regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the drug or alcohol
- Over time, needing more of the drug or alcohol to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug or alcohol
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug or alcohol, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug or alcohol
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug or alcohol
- Failed attempts to quit using the drug or alcohol
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 free phone consultation.