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