What we treat

 
 
 

Alcoholism

 

 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no risk-free alcohol consumption. Thus, the problem of alcoholism is seen by the Scientific Community as Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). The fifth edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-V) abandoned the distinction between risk-taking, harmful use and alcohol dependence, and they were integrated under the designation - AUD. This is defined as a pattern of harmful alcohol consumption, which leads to an impairment of the health status and clinically significant distress. Some signs and symptoms of an alcohol use disorder include:
 
 
 
 
Repeatedly neglecting responsibilities at home, at work or at school because of drinking.
 
For example, being in poor condition at work, dropping out at school, neglecting your children, or failing to keep appointments because you are hungover.
 
 
 
Drinking alcohol in situations where it is physically dangerous.
 
Such as drinking and driving, maneuvering machines intoxicated, or mixing alcoholic beverages with medications prescribed by doctors.
 
 
 
Experiencing legal issues because of drinking.
 
For example, being caught driving under the influence of alcohol or disorderly conduct.
 
 
 
 
 
Continue drinking regardless of whether you are causing problems in your relationships.
 
Getting drunk with your friends, for example, even knowing that this will cause family conflicts because they do not like your behavior when drinking.
 
 
 
Drinking as a way to relax.
 
Many problems with alcohol start when people use it to calm down and relieve stress. Getting drunk after a stressful day, for example, or picking up a bottle whenever you have an argument with your spouse or boss.
 
 
 
Lose control over drinking.
 
ou usually drink more alcohol than you wanted, for longer than you intended, despite telling yourself you would not drink.
 
 
 
 
 
You want to stop drinking, but you can not.
 
You have a persistent desire to reduce or stop using alcohol, but your efforts have not been successful.
 
 
 
Give up other activities because of alcohol.
 
You are spending less time on activities that used to be important to you (hanging out with family and friends, going to the gym, practicing your hobbies) because of your alcohol use.
 
 
 
Alcohol takes up a lot of your energy and focus.
 
You spend a lot of time drinking, thinking about drinking or recovering from the effects of alcohol. You have few or no interests or social involvements that do not revolve around drinking.
 
 
 
 
 
Continue drinking regardless of the consequences.
 
For example, you recognize that drinking alcohol is hurting your marriage, worsening your depression, causing work or health problems, but you still drink.
 
 
 
Tolerance
 
Do you need an increasing amount of drink to get the desired effect, feel "tipsy" or feel relaxed? Can you drink more than others without getting drunk? These are signs of tolerance, which can be an early warning sign of alcoholism. Tolerance means that, over time, you need more and more alcohol to function.
 
 
 
Abstinence
 
You feel a kind of unrest, a feeling you are missing something that does not go away until you drink. You feel an increasing anxiety that only calms down when you drink the first glass of the day. Do you need a drink to stabilize the tremors in the morning? Drinking to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms is a sign of severe alcoholism and a huge red flag.
 
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Substance Abuse / Chemical Addiction

 

 
Substance Use Disorder is the medical term used to describe a pattern of use of a substance (drug) that causes significant problems and / or suffering. 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 their life. Signs of dependence include:

  • Tolerance or need for increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the desired effect
  • Physical withdrawal symptoms that occur if you decrease or stop consuming the substance (hangover)
  • Spend a lot of time and energy to get the substance, use it and recover from the effects of using it
  • Withdrawal from social and recreational activities
  • Continued use of the drug, even when aware of physical, psychological, emotional, family or social problems caused by drug abuse
  • Failure to comply with their obligations and liabilities due to consumption
  • Constant worry with the harmful effects of abstinence and the positive effects of the substance (Obsession)
  • To have intense impulses for the substance that block any thought (compulsion)
  • Spending money on substance even when you know you can not spend it or can not afford it
  • Do things to get the drug you normally would not do, like stealing.
  • Failed attempts to stop consuming the substance.
  • Physical degradation and personality changes.
Finding one of these 12 signs is a sign that alcohol is a serious problem in your life, even if your mind tries to convince you otherwise. Denial of the problem is one of the biggest obstacles to getting help. The desire to drink is so strong that the mind finds many ways to justify alcohol consumption even when the consequences are obvious. Contact Us.