Signs of Addiction:
- Often taking more of the substance for a longer period of time than intended
- Ongoing desire or unsuccessful efforts to reduce use
- Great deal of time spent to obtain, use, or recover from substance
- Craving the substance
- Failing to fulfill obligations at work, home, or school as a result of continued use
- Continued use despite ongoing social or relationship problems caused by or worsened by use
- Giving up or reducing social, occupational, or recreational activities because of use
- Repeated use in physically dangerous situations ( like drinking or using other drugs while driving, or smoking in bed)
- Continued use despite ongoing physical or mental health problems caused by or worsened by use
- Developing tolerance i.e. feeling less effect from the substance with continued use
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after reducing use (symptoms vary by substance).
Substance use and recovery are a very personal matter. The stigma associated with substance use creates its own anxieties. Many people have unrealistic time frames for recovery. Many people know they do not want to drink or take pills or use substances, but they simply do not know how not to use.
Together, we can create a relapse prevention plan. We can identify and work on the underlieing causes for your addiction/s as we move away from chronic feelings of isolation, helplessness, and shame.