Often life can get the best of you, and you may feel that alcohol, drugs, food are the only answer. This can lead to an addiction. And we can become addicted to certain activities too, like videogames, gambling and other. Substance use disorders are complex problems, they often happen to people with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD. People develop compulsive behaviors that begin to control their lives. Addictions often affect your brain, and the brain changes remain long after a person stops abusing substances and activities.

Pay attention to these important signs of substance abuse

Continuing the use of substances and indulging in activities, even after experiencing serious negative consequences.

Blaming problems on other people or circumstances, rather than realizing that the difficulties result from abusive use of substances and activities.

Cravings: a person feels strong urges, feels anxious and irritable, not able to tolerate the discomfort of not engaging in the addictive behavior or using the substance.

Physical withdrawals like fevers, tremors, nausea, sweating, shakiness, and extreme anxiety.

Loss of control over addictive behaviors: a person may try to seek help but not able to make changes.

If you or your family member is experiencing any of these signs, please feel free to contact us for a consultation. It will be totally confidential.

If you notice signs of addiction in yourself or a family member or a friend, our therapists can help you assess the situation and guide you to helping resources.

If you are in recovery, counseling and psychotherapy provide great help in recovery, especially in early recovery. We offer help with identifying underlying disorders, like ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders. We teach coping skills. We offer referrals, for example, we can offer a referral for group therapy, as it’s a powerful therapeutic modality in recovery.

We also help family members of those struggling with addictions. We help with understanding of these disorders, and we make recommendations and suggestions for better ways of handling their difficult situations. We also provide family therapy, which offers a safe space for family member to talk about these problems.

We are here to help you.

Immediate help and a lot of information can be obtained at the national resource below:


SAMHSA National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance abuse disorders.



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