“What is addiction really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood”- Alice Miller
There is a fine line between social drinking, recreational drugs, prescription medication and substance misuse. There are many signs and symptoms of substance misuse. However, ignoring them can develop into an addiction.
Signs of Substance Misuse:
- Regularly using alcohol or drugs.
- Using alcohol or drugs to relieve emotional pain, deal with stress or improve mood.
- Coping with anxiety, stress, grief and relationship issues through the use of alcohol & drugs.
- Drinking or using more than planned out of habit.
You may find you feel guilty over using alcohol or drugs. Some people find they are lying to themselves and others over how much they are using. Some may experience blackouts or memory loss after a night of drinking or taking drugs.
Misuse is not restricted to alcohol or drugs. Other addictions that can develop are gambling, sex addiction or pornography addiction.
Visiting a counselor can help you work through and abstain from these behaviors.
Addiction does not only affect you, it can affect your friends and family too. It can have a great impact on your social life and work/school life. Relationships and responsibilities may be neglected due to addictive behavior. Visiting a therapist can greatly help you in abstaining from or overcoming your addiction.
You may have spent some time in a treatment centre and are finding it difficult now that you are home. You may be apart of a recovery program and feel uncomfortable sharing personal matters in a group. A therapist can greatly assist you in coping with these feelings and helping you overcome addiction.
Talking about concerns with a close friend or family member can also greatly aid you in your recovery.
Others affected by Addiction:
We also offer treatment for individuals affected by someone else’s addictive behavior or misuse. Talking to a therapist can equip you with the necessary skills to overcome your situation.