More often than not, addictions start with experimental use in social situations. And for some people, the substance or activity becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of the substance or do more of the activity to get their desired high, and soon a person may become addicted.
Addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use more regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges or compulsions
- 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
- Focusing more and more time and energy on the substance or activity
- Failed attempts to quit
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider psychotherapy.
As a psychotherapist with a specialization in addictions 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 consultation.