Addictions, Alcohol and Substance Abuse

There are many addictions affecting our workers, professionals, and family members. These can include the following drugs (see below), pornography, gambling, or the internet. The important thing to remember is that addictions serve a purpose, albeit an unhealthy one—they distract you from unpleasant things in your life, and they feel as if they reward you when you do them (through escape or stimulation ). Healthy living requires both addiction freedom and the development of beneficial ways to manage your stress.

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol is a leading drug for abuse and addiction. The problems with alcohol are seen in the inability to stop drinking, frequent consumption of several beverages per day throughout the week, impairment at work from alcohol or hangovers, and family or relationship discord related to consumption. Changing not only the use of alcohol, but the lifestyle habits that perpetuate it are both important to recover, and often 12-step programs are necessary.

Substance Abuse

Illegal substances or the abuse of prescription medications can render a life decimated and void of the things that make life worth living. It can lead to alienation from friends, family, and work. It can even lead to criminal behavior and violation of professional ethics. The use of intervention programs along with supplemental therapy is often the best solution to regain one’s life.

Addictions to Substances, Alcohol, and Thrills

The emptiness and loneliness of addictions are often only briefly escaped by using substances or alcohol. Distractions from stress or loneliness can often be accomplished by using the thrill or excitement felt when using pornography or searching the web for titillating video. Gambling, embezzling, or sexual risks can give a momentary feeling of power or release that ends with guilt or despair.

Addictions can often be experienced in a cycle of over-work followed by a let-down and thought pattern suggesting that you deserve to drink, use, or be aroused. The lack of healthy self-care and conceptualization of self-indulgence as an appropriate reward can be treated with specific methods of cognitive and behavioral therapies.

Treatment of the lack of impulse control seen in addictions can sometimes be accomplished in out-patient work, although there are times when admission to in-patient facilities is the only option. When the Center cannot be of service, we make referrals to other facilities.

Outpatient therapy for addictions and impulse control difficulties is often an “after-care” service meant to build on successes accomplished through in-patient or partial day rehabilitation programs, or to augment 12-step programs.

Gambling Addiction is one of the fastest, and most harmful, addictions—particularly among college students.

Treatment includes changing the ideas associated with the stressor, use of mindfulness strategies to reduce physical stress, and development of problem solving strategies.

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