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