Alcohol and Drug Addiction

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Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Typically, the use of alcohol and other drugs begins in a minimal form. However, once someone comes to the realization that these substances can help them, they begin to use them as a means to lessen the suffering they have or are still experiencing. Alcohol and drug therapy and professional counseling are an essential part of the long-term recovery process when someone wants to gain the skills and education needed to maintain long-term abstinence. Therapy Santa Barbara can and will provide you with many learning and process-oriented opportunities needed to guide you on the path of recovery. These services include:

  • Relapse prevention and psycho-education about long-term substance use

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Long-term psychotherapy

  • Interpersonal communication skills

  • Increased motivation for education and employment goals

  • Trigger identification

  • Stress and anger management

How to Identify Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Withdrawal

When you or someone you love frequently feels ill after a night of drinking alcohol or using drugs and this begins to impede on their daily functioning, addiction should come into the question. Individuals who are consistently calling out of work on Mondays or Fridays, or someone who appears unable to hold appointments or attend events, could be developing an alcohol or drug addiction as well. They are unable to make these appointments as a result of using too much of a substance and feeling the physical, mental, and emotional effects the next day.

Tolerance

Many of us have had the experience where we go out for a night and say “I’ll just have one tonight” and then it turns into a few more. However, for someone who is experiencing an addiction to alcohol or other substances, this becomes a regular occurrence. Additionally, with tolerance, an increase in attention to and spending money on alcohol or other drugs can be a secondary, or even, primary sign.

Changes in Personality and Mood

Using substances for a long period of time or a large amount in a short period of time (sometimes called binging) can cause an imbalance in brain chemistry that causes an individual to act differently than ‘normal’. Lying, manipulation, and anger/stress can become a part of their daily living, whether or not those are typical characteristics of that individual.

Interpersonal Changes

At times, people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol can change who they surround themselves with. This is especially common in teenage substance abuse. They can decrease attention given to family and close friends and begin to spend time with those who will refrain from healthy judgment or try to deter the person from using or drinking as much as they prefer to. Although typically unintentional, this can begin to have major effects on those close to them.

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“Not drinking as much as I used to definitely would not have been possible without you. I am so appreciative of you and all of the guidance you gave me! I feel healthier than ever!”

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JOHN SNOW
JOHN SNOWAnethesiologist
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TONY STARK
TONY STARKCardiologist
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ANNA SMITH
ANNA SMITHNurse
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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

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5 / 5

Linda B.Counseling SessionClient #1

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for your conditional support during the hardest/toughest, most emotional years of my life. Truly so happy you were my therapist. Such a journey I can’t imagine with anybody else!”

2017-02-08

5 / 5

Jacob G.Counseling SessionClient #2

“Our sessions are the most helpful thing for me out of everything right now. I feel my anxiety decreasing and I really have hope, something I haven’t experienced in my life before.”

2017-01-17

5 / 5

Kelly A.Counseling SessionClient #3

“Not drinking as much as I used to definitely would not have been possible without you. I am so appreciative of you and all of the guidance you gave me! I feel healthier than ever!”

2016-12-12

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