Getting professional treatment for addictions is essential for overall well being if you are struggling with addictive behavior. Over eating, a unhealthy dependency on sex, and of course substance abuse dependence all qualify as addictions. It is important to have a licensed psychologist trained in the assessment and treatment of these addictions to guide you in the treatment process.
Abuse is a term used to define use of substances that may have caused impairment in social, occupational, and/or legal functioning. So someone who may have lost a job because of drinking once on the job would be considered abusing alcohol. Dependency is the term used to describe more severe use compared to abuse. Someone who is dependent on a substance displays tolerance and/or withdrawal symptoms either needing more of the substance to achieve the same intoxicating effects or experiencing shakiness, trembling, sweating resulting after withdrawing the substance. Having a psychologist trained in assessing whether either one of these is occurring, abuse or dependency can assist in determining appropriate treatment options.
Can you answer yes to any of the following questions:
- Have you had legal problems because of drinking, sex, or drugs?
- Are your relationships impaired because of sex, drinking, or drugs?
- Do you have difficulty managing your food intake?
- Do you have health issues that resulted from your food, sex, drinking, or drug use?
- Have you lost a job because of your drinking or drug use?
- Are you feeling depressed because of your drinking, drug, and sex use?
- Do you lie to family or friends about your drinking, drug, or sex use?
- Do you feel you need more of the drug to achieve the same feeling?
- Are you sick of the guilt and shame resulting from your drinking, drug, or sex use?
If you need assistance in diagnosing or treating addiction for personal or legal purposes, please contact Dr. Watson at 404-954-2713.