Addiction Counseling


Addiction can be debilitating, affecting your relationships, work and health.  Left untreated, your addiction can even be fatal. But you know your dependency does not define the real you. A broken life does not have to be your destiny. We’re here to help.

Traditionally, the term addiction has been applied to the use of substances that cross the blood-brain barrier and affect mood, perception, and experience.  More recently, the term addiction has been broadened to include the repeated engagement in self-harming behaviors despite negative consequences.

SOME OF THE TYPES OF ADDICTION WE DIAGNOSE AND TREAT:

  • Substance abuse of alcohol or prescription/illicit drugs
  • Overeating
  • Shopping addiction
  • Chronic overworking & stress
  • Gambling addiction
  • Sex and/or pornography addiction
  • Internet addiction

SIGNS (TO LOOK FOR)

  • Extreme or sudden mood changes
  • Extreme changes to the usual sleep cycle
  • Rapid, sudden, or extreme changes in energy level
  • Extreme weight change
  • Frequent, recurring physical symptoms (sniffling, coughing)
  • Secretiveness and lying
  • Sudden changes in socialization patterns or friends

HOW IS ADDICTION TREATED?

Treatment is generally multi-modal, including individual and marriage or family counseling, consultation with the family physician, and participation in a recovery support group. In more severe cases, a brief stay at a residential treatment facility or hospital may be helpful or even necessary.

YOU HAVE TAKEN AN IMPORTANT STEP BY READING THIS PAGE AND CONSIDERING WHETHER ADDICTION HAS BEEN DAMAGING TO YOUR HEALTH AND RELATIONSHIPS.  TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND TALK TO SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP. Please call us at (515) 727-1338 or fill out our online form to request an appointment and one of our staff will contact you.

For those in recovery from substance abuse, please see our RELAPSE PREVENTION GROUP FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE

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