Addiction can take a significant toll on an individual’s personal, occupational and family life. Whether a chemical addiction (drugs or alcohol) or a behavioral addiction (sex, gambling, technology), the first step in getting help is recognizing the problem.
Here are some key aspects to explore:
- Do you find yourself craving more of the same object in order to obtain previous ‘highs’?
- Have people been pointing out that you may have a problem?
- Are you constantly obsessing over the behavior? Does every conversation end up on said topic?
- Is your work, school, personal or family life struggling as a result of the problem?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be struggling with addiction. In regards to substance addiction, the DSM-IV, the ‘bible’ of psychiatry, recognizes three levels of diagnosis: use, abuse, and dependence. “Substance use” refers to more casual, low-risk addictive behaviors. Abuse indicates that the problem is more severe, and dependence refers to full blown emotional or physical dependence on the substance, indicating withdrawals. Behavioral addiction is measured differently. What most people would term ‘sex addiction’ or ‘gambling addiction’ are referred to as compulsive behaviors. Technological addiction, like playing farmville for 10 hours a day, is not recognized as an official diagnosis. However, more professionals are starting to recognize the destructive effects of technological overuse on individual’s personal, family, and occupational lives.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, the first step is seeking treatment. For an individual who is on the ‘use’ end of the spectrum, a combination of talk therapy and medication could be appropriate.
IF THE INDIVIDUAL IS PHYSICALLY DEPENDENT ON THE DRUG OR ALCOHOL
DO NOT ATTEMPT A ‘COLD TURKEY’ WITHDRAWAL AS THEY COULD SUFFER PHYSICAL DAMAGE
Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Resources
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism
Narcotics Anonymous vision is that every addict in the world has the chance to experience our message in his or her own language and culture and find the opportunity for a new way of life.
Santé Center for Healing Santé is situated on a beautiful hilltop in rural Argyle, Texas and treats adults that are suffer from addictive disorders including chemical dependency and process addiction.
Caron Treatment Centers-Texas provides comprehensive gender-separate chemical dependency treatment programs to meet the needs of young adults and adults.
Dr. Kay Sudekum Trotter – Counseling Services addictions treatment (chemical, Internet and pornography) focuses on identifying the source of stressful situations or unpleasant feelings while recognizing how problematic usage is affecting the individual’s life.