Symptoms of Addiction
Being addicted to something means that not having it causes withdrawal symptoms, or a "come down". Because this can be unpleasant, it's easier to carry on having or doing what you crave, and so the cycle continues.
The following are a few, but not limited to, primary indications of addiction:
Difficulties at school, disinterest in school-related activities, and declining grades
Altered behavior, such as an increased desire for privacy
Drastic changes and difficulties in relationships, which often involves lashing out at people who identify the addiction
Poor work performance, being chronically late to work, appearing tired and disinterested in work duties
Inability to stop using a substance regardless if it's causing health problems or personal problems, such as issues with employment or relationships
Noticeable lack of energy in daily activities
Profound changes in appearance and a noticeable abandonment of hygiene (i.e. bloodshot eyes, poor skin tone, and appearing tired or run down)
Spending more money than usual or requesting to borrow money
Changes in appetite, such as a decreased appetite and associated weight loss
Recognize Signs of Drug and Alcohol Addiction
If you or your loved one are exhibiting signs of addiction but you don’t know where to turn, our counselors have helped people get back on their feet and lead a life in recovery. We offer the best care for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorders, treating the whole patient and setting them up for a lifetime of success. Take the next step by learning contacting us today.
Our team of professional counselors is dedicated to their clients' care and services Fort Walton, Niceville, and surrounding communities. Call 850-757-1552 to schedule an appointment.
Recovery Is Possible
Addiction treatment is not one-size-fits-all. Treatments may vary based on your needs. You can choose the treatment that works best for you based on the substance you're abusing, the level of care you need, and your personal mental health needs.
New Heights Counseling offer the following treatments:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Counselors offer CBT for addiction treatment. CBT is a valuable treatment tool because it can be used for many different types of addiction including, but not limited to, food addiction, alcohol addiction, and prescription drug addiction. CBT is used widely today and teaches those in treatment to find connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions and increase awareness of how these things impact recovery. Not only can CBT help you recognize your unhealthy behavioral patterns, but it can also help you learn to identify triggers and develop coping skills. CBT can be combined with other therapeutic techniques as well. Watch video to learn more.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. Specially trained counselors often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas, or childhood abuse and/or neglect. The Association for Addiction Professionals’ website says “Unfortunately, many individuals with substance use disorders also have experienced one or more traumas. Treatment for these co-occurring disorders should be integrated and the use of EMDR can be helpful for some people.”
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
When left untreated, people who have experienced trauma may resort to alcohol or drug use to escape the discomfort. Substance use may temporarily disconnect a person from their thoughts and feelings but lead to greater problems in the long term. Cognitive processing therapy helps people struggling with addiction to address underlying causes, including the thoughts and feelings that may perpetuate use.
With supportive resources and the right treatment approach, you can overcome the physical and mental challenges you face in order to gain a healthier life.