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Travessa Fonte 91 4500-553
Anta ESPINHO Portugal
Email : geral@saespinho.pt | Telefone : 227321529

Travessa Fonte 91 4500-553
Anta ESPINHO Portugal
Email : geral@saespinho.pt | Telefone : 227321529

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What we treat

Alcoholism

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), there is no risk-free alcohol consumption. Thus, the problem of alcoholism is seen by the Scientific Community as an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). The 5th edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-V) abandoned the distinction between risky consumption, harmful consumption and alcohol dependence, proceeding to its integration under the name - PUA. This is defined as a pattern of harmful alcohol consumption, which leads to a debilitating health status and clinically significant suffering.

 

Some signs and symptoms of an Alcohol Use Disorder include:

 

  • Repeatedly neglecting responsibilities at home, work or school because of your drinking;
  • Drinking alcohol in situations where it is physically dangerous;
  • Experiencing legal problems because of drinking;
  • Continuing to drink regardless is causing problems in your relationships;
  • Drinking as a way to relax;
  • Losing control over drinking;
  • Wants to stop drinking, but can't;
  • Giving up other activities because of alcohol;
  • Alcohol takes up much of your energy and focus;
  • Continuing to drink regardless of the consequences;
  • Tolerance;
  • Abstinence.
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Substance Abuse / Chemical Dependence

Substance Use Disorder is the medical term used to describe a pattern of substance (drugs) use that causes significant problems and/or distress. Substance abuse refers to both the abuse of illegal substances, such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine, as well as legal substances, such as alcohol, nicotine, or prescription drugs. It is a disease that affects the brain and behavior and leads the person to a complete loss of control over the substance and his life.

 

Signs of addiction include:

  • Tolerance or need for increasing amounts of the drug to obtain the desired effect;
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms that occur if you decrease or stop using the substance (hangover);
  • Spending a lot of time and energy to obtain the substance, use it, and recover from the effects of using the substance;
  • Withdrawal from social and recreational activities;
  • Continuation of drug use, even when one is aware of the physical, psychological, emotional, family or social problems caused by drug abuse;
  • Failure to comply with its obligations and responsibilities due to consumption;
  • Constant concern about the harmful effects of withdrawal and the positive effects of the substance (obsession);
  • Having intense urges for the substance that block any thought (compulsion);
  • Spending money on the substance even when you know you can't or won't be able to afford it;
  • Doing things to get the drug you wouldn't normally do, like stealing;
  • Failed attempts to stop using the substance;
  • Physical degradation and personality changes.

 

Finding one of these 12 signs should reassure you that drugs are a serious problem in your life, even if your mind tries to convince you otherwise. Problem denial is one of the biggest obstacles to getting help. The urge to consume is so strong that the mind finds many ways to justify drinking alcohol, even when the consequences are obvious.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE / CHEMICAL ADDICTION

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