The concept of addiction is not easily defined and may be applied to a variety of behaviors; however, central to the definition is a dependency on a substance or behavior/activity.
Drug and alcohol abuse typically starts off as recreational, in which the individual drinks and/or uses in a social setting. The disease is progressive, which means that as time passes, he or she will exhibit a higher tolerance, frequently engage in the behavior and experience intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Many signs and symptoms of substance abuse depend on the drug being abused, but some signs are more common among many drugs. Below is a list of common signs of substance abuse.
Specialized services are available if you are troubled either by your own or someone else’s abuse of alcohol or drugs.
Group counseling programs are also offered, including a court-approved program for those who have received a DUI citation.
If you are worried or wonder about your alcohol and/or drug consumption, take this brief screening tool designed to help you better understand your alcohol and drug habits.
Behavioral addiction is similar to substance addiction with the exception that when an individual is behaviorally addicted to an activity (such as the internet, gambling, or video games), they are addicted the feeling brought by the behavior or activity and not a substance. For example, some Internet users may develop an emotional attachment to on-line friends and activities they have created.
Please reach out to the Counseling Center at 410-704-2512 if you would like to speak with a counselor.