Addictions can take over your life. As your addiction grows, your life shrinks. Nobody plans to become an addict and there is no simple answer to how you or someone you love could become addicted. Counseling can help unravel your journey into addiction and give you tools to cope with life without the use of substances and/or other addictive activities (such as work, internet use, smoking, gambling, sex, food, shopping, and exercise). When a person engages in an activity so often that it interferes with their daily activities, it’s a sign of an addiction problem.
Common symptoms experienced by people with addictions:
- Isolation – loss of interest in hobbies or previously enjoyable activities
- Mood swings – depression, anxiety, irritability
- Financial problems – asking to borrow money
- Deception and manipulation – lying, avoiding direct questions, blaming others
- Increased tolerance (to the substance or activity)
- Behavior changes
- Change in friends – distinct change in friend groups
- Decrease in performance at work or school
- Legal issues
- Family strain – relationship difficulties, arguing
- Physical changes – weight loss/gain, hygiene issues, change in eating/sleeping habits
Answering the following four questions can help you find out if you or a loved one has a problem with alcohol and/or drugs:
- Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking and/or drug use?
- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking and/or drug use?
- Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking and/or drug use?
- Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
One “yes” answer suggests a possible alcohol and/or drug problem. More than one “yes” answer means it is highly likely that a problem exists.
If you, or someone you love struggles with addiction, Pathfinders Counseling can help.
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