Minimizing, rationalizing, and deceiving yourself about the power of a particular substance are common themes when it comes to addiction. You don’t want to admit that you could have possibly crossed that line, so you deny that there’s a problem at all.
It’s especially difficult if you can’t see the signs of addiction.
Dr. Dave Larson at SourceMD: Integrated Wellness Solutions has extensive experience in helping people accept their addiction, which is a critical step in the treatment and recovery process.
Here are some of the most common signs of addiction and patterns of behavior.
According to the Addiction Center, nearly 21 million Americans are addicted to at least one substance, but a mere 10% of them are seeking treatment.
Between 1999 and 2017, more than 700,000 people died from drug addiction alone.
Commonly abused substances include:
Each of these substances has powerful effects on your mental and physical health. If you don’t believe that the substance you're using has a hold on you, consider the following signs of addiction.
You know you’re addicted to a particular substance when it begins to alter the way you think and behave. Here are some examples:
It’s not surprising that any substance you put into your body can and will have a physical effect. But each person may react differently. Here are some signs to watch for:
Addiction is responsible for wrecking marriages, families, and careers because it becomes the center of the addict’s every thought. Here’s what it might look like:
Dr. Larson, double board-certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, specializes in a unique field called integrative psychiatry.
This is a holistic approach to your physical and mental health that takes into account all the factors that impact your overall well-being. Given the multiple ways addiction impacts your entire life, integrative psychiatry is the ideal method for addressing your medical and emotional needs through a wide array of traditional and complementary treatments.
Whether you’re experiencing one or several of these symptoms, you likely have an addiction issue. And while there are countless programs available to help you overcome it, the best one is the approach that cares for your body, mind, and spirit.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Larson, call our office in Encinitas, California, at 760-230-1317 or schedule a phone consultation today.