Drug and Alcohol

Understanding Addiction

Addiction is recognized as a brain disease because it causes a chemical change which alters the brain and changes how it functions, leading to harmful and self-destructive behavior patterns. In understanding this we do not treat clients who are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction as culprits due to the social stigma that is associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Instead we treat our clients with the respect, compassion and support anyone with a harmful disease deserves.

What Are the Symptoms of Drug and Alcohol Addiction?

There are varying symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse that you may notice in yourself or a loved one, the most common of these are:

Drug Addiction
– Withdrawal from family and friends
– Sudden change in behavior
– Careless personal care
– Sudden mood swings or euphoria
– Unexplained absences or criminal activity

Alcohol Addiction
– Temporary black outs or memory loss
– Irritability, depression, mood swings
– Headaches, anxiety, insomnia
– Drinking alone, in the mornings or in secret
– The need for alcohol to relax, feel happy or sleep.