More often than not, alcohol and drug use disorders start with experimental use in social situations. And for some people, the use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to drink more or increase the use of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the alcohol/drug to simply feel “good” or even to be able to “function.”
Alcohol and Drug Abuse symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use the alcohol/drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the alcohol/drug
- Over time, needing more of the alcohol/drug to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the alcohol/drug
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the alcohol/drug, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the alcohol/drug
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the alcohol/drug
- Failed attempts to quit using the alcohol/drug
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider substance abuse counseling.
As a substance abuse counselor, I will address not only the symptoms of the substance use disorder and the related areas of impaired functioning, I will address the issues that led to this maladaptive behavior as well. Together we’ll structure the time and content for 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 consultation.