More often than not, drug addictions start with the experimental use of a drug in social situations. Generally, this occurs in adolescence or young adulthood and the individual realizes they don’t feel stressed anxious, self-hating as much when they use the drug. The traumas in their life simply begin to melt away. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good.”
Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use the drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the drug
- Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
- Failed attempts to quit using the drug
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.
As addictions counselors, we address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning and underlying trauma. Together we’ll structure the time and content of your ongoing recovery by assessing the level of use and supports needed for recovery including rehab, intensive individual and group counseling, and family counseling work.
We 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. It’s not easy but as Robert would say, “I’m 33 years and counting of living proof that it’s possible”.