Addiction is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, or substance, or stop engaging in an activity, even though it is causing you significant harm. The harm it causes can take many forms – physical and mental health of course, but also school and work impacts, relationship stress and loss, legal/criminal implications, and financial stress to name a few.
How do you know if you are addicted? There are many signs and symptoms of addiction, and they vary according to the focus of the addiction. Several common symptoms include: Inability to stop taking the substance, or engaging in the activity, despite it’s harmful effects; Feelings of guilt, shame, hopelessness resulting from the addiction; Obsession with the object of addiction; Engaging in risky behavior to feed the addiction.
There are a variety of approaches for treating addiction, ranging from self-help groups, residential rehabilitation programs, and medical interventions. Individual addictions counseling at Counsel Connections Alpharetta can be a beneficial addition to these approaches, or a stand alone option, providing you with the personalized care and attention you need to meet your goals. We design our addictions counseling to address the needs of each client on an individual basis, recognizing that often there are many other contributing factors to be gently worked on as well. We also welcome the families and loved ones of those addicted to participate in their own counseling for support and understanding relating to the many challenges they face.