If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, call Clarity Clinic or search our providers online to schedule an appointment. We don’t just believe that therapy is an option for those recovering from a substance abuse problem; we believe that it is a necessity. It is particularly important to seek help for addiction as the medical ramifications can be quite serious.
Clarity Clinic understands that addictions are often a comorbid symptom of deep, underlying issues. Because of this, addictions should not be treated lightly as they tend to become more progressive over time and can lead to catastrophic consequences.
At Clarity Clinic we are dedicated to supporting people who are working to overcome addiction. If you’re struggling with alcohol, drug, or behavioral addictions, we can help. We have specific treatment plans for all addictions including nicotine addiction, abuse of benzodiazepines and others. Whether you’re looking for help for yourself, a loved one, or friend we can guide you to the service that best meets your needs.
We offer comprehensive addiction treatment to help patients live healthy, happy, and sober lives. Our treatment can include detox, rehabilitation, medication maintenance therapy, counseling, and education.
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities such as work, relationships, or health. Often times individuals may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves or others.
While not everyone agrees on what constitutes an addiction, in general it is recognized that an addiction can be to any substance; for example alcohol, amphetamines, nicotine, opiods, or caffeine. In addition, addiction includes a dependency on things as well as substances, such as gambling, food, sex, internet, pornography, or video games.
We understand that the challenges faced throughout recovery can be incredibly difficult to maintain. Substance and behavioral addiction services consist of highly structured and intensive individual approaches to helping clients develop healthy levels of personal understanding and adjustment regarding maladaptive behaviors. Our experienced addiction counselors will explore with clients a wide range of issues relating to their addiction, from the physiologic mechanisms and causes to the aspects of their social environment that may affect and trigger their behaviors.
A holistic treatment approach is utilized at Clarity Clinic as our clinical staff recognizes that individuals will have needs in relation to their addiction that are physical, social, or perhaps spiritual in nature. For example, often times addiction may be a symptom of a deeper issue, such as a lack of comfort in one’s own skin. Our aim is to treat the whole individual, rather than just symptoms that need fixing. An emphasis is placed on the client as an individual with the strength and courage to overcome their addiction, ultimately growing as a result.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADDICTION
Drinking that is problematic or severe can be diagnosed as an alcohol-use disorder and is characterized by excessive alcohol intake, loss of control during alcohol consumption and an negative emotional state when not consuming alcohol. Alcohol-use disorders are ranked on severity – mild, moderate and severe and can impair relationships, school and/or work functioning.
The age range of people who misuse alcohol is between 20-35 and studies have shown a difference in the patterns of drinking between men and women. Women, who seem to start drinking later in life and progress faster, are most likely drink alone to hide their guilt and shame about their alcohol use. While men tend to drink out socially. Many who who struggle with alcohol abuse have other underlying disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder, and use alcohol to make them feel better. Although, because alcohol is a depressant, alcohol abuse may lead to worsening symptoms.
Similar to alcohol use disorder, excessive or compulsive use of a substance that problematic or excessive and impairs relationships, school and/or work functions. However, the difference between those who misuse alcohol and those who abuse drugs is that substance are illegal and many people obtain felonies and other legal problems trying to get funds to purchase drugs. Misuse of drugs typically starts in adolescents, peaks into early adulthood and tapers offer with age. More than 50 percent of those will substance abuse disorders have other co occurring disorders. Additionally, those who abuse drugs have difficulty with impulse control, controlling emotions, low self-confidence and managing stress.
Behavior/Impulsive Control Disorders
Negative behaviors or impulses that are compulsive or excessive and cause impairment in work, school and social/intimate relationships can be considered an addiction. Behaviors and impulses can include gambling, sex, pornography, video games, food and internet addiction. People with these type of addictions tend to use the behavior as a way reduce negative emotions and detach from their problems. Many who struggles with these excessive or impulsive behaviors struggle with co occurring disorders and use these activities as a replacement for developing and sustaining intimate relationships or friendships.
CAUSES OF ADDICTION
While there is no definitive cause to alcohol, substance or behavior disorders, there are several factors that can trigger addictive behaviors. Those include:
Genetics – a growing body of research have linked genetics and addiction. Those who relatives had a substance or alcohol-abuse disorders are at a greater risk of developing an addiction. When you start drinking alcohol or using substance, you may be at a predisposition for the disorder to develop and progress faster in those who relatives struggled with addiction.
Environmental – those who have a limited support system, or whose peer group engages in excessive alcohol consumption or substance use can contribute to development of these disorders. Additionally, those who are victims of trauma – sexual, physical, emotional — are more prone to alcohol and substance abuse disorders, as well as impulse behaviors, such as sex addiction, gambling, pornography, food.
Chemical changes in the brain – Studies have found that the pleasure center of the brain gets activated producing a euphoric effect which can only be repeated with more drugs or alcohol. Re-experiencing that pleasure typically requires more alcohol or substance use to get the same effect resulting in reliance or addiction.
TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL, SUBSTANCE AND BEHAVIOR DISORDERS
Interventions for alcohol, substance and behavior disorders have shifted away from in-patient facilities to multi-faceted treatment options in an outpatient setting. Both medication and psychotherapy in conjunction have been shown to be effective in treating those with alcohol and substance abuse disorders.
At Clarity Clinic, we have certified alcohol and substance abuse therapists who specialize in the assessment, treatment and relapse and recovery of those struggling with substances and alcohol. We understand that the challenges faced throughout recovery can be incredibly difficult to maintain. Substance and behavioral addiction services consist of highly structured and intensive individual approaches to helping clients develop healthy levels of personal understanding and adjustment regarding maladaptive behaviors. Our experienced addiction counselors will explore with clients a wide range of issues relating to their addiction, from the physiologic mechanisms and causes to the aspects of their social environment that may affect and trigger their behaviors.
Our psychiatrists ensure a proper diagnosis and take care in specialized medication management for clients treating a alcohol and substance use disorders through pharmacological treatment.
Our certified addiction specialists work in conjunction with the treatment team to individually tailor the treatments and therapies. Studies have found that a combination of motivational enhancement, cognitive therapy and social skills training have shown to be effective in treating alcohol, substance and behavior disorders.
Additionally, because friends and family members of those who struggle with alcohol and substance abuse can also be traumatized by the addiction, Clarity Clinic’s marriage and family therapists can work with couples and family to help support them through their family member’s recovery process or help work through negative emotions connected to someone who is dealing with addiction.
CAN IT BE CURED?
Alcohol, substance and behaviors disorders are chronic and lifelong and can’t necessarily be “cured” but can be managed successfully, however, relapse is likely with drugs and alcohol abuse and doesn’t necessarily signal failure, but indicates treatment needs to be reinstated or revised to meet the needs of the individuals.
At Clarity Clinic, our certified addiction therapists are trained to treat alcohol, substance and behavior disorders and have received specific training to treat addiction. To schedule an appointment, click on one of the specialists below to schedule an initial evaluation to and discuss assessment, diagnosis and treatment options.
Signs and Symptoms
Alcohol and Substances
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a reference manual used by healthcare professionals as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders – the symptoms of alcohol abuse disorder and different substance abuse disorders are similar. The DSM breaks out substance disorder into the following categories:
- Cannabis Use Disorder
- Stimulant Use Disorder
- Hallucinogen Use Disorder
- Opioid Use Disorder
Those struggling with alcohol or substances must meet two of the following signs/symptoms for 12 months to be diagnosed with an alcohol or substance abuse disorder. The severity of the disorder is listed on a spectrum of mild (2-3 symptoms), moderate (4-5 symptoms) and severe (more than 6 symptoms present). The symptoms include:
- Use of larger quantities of the alcohol or substance over a longer period than intended.
- The intention or desire to cut down or control the alcohol or substance but with limited ability to stop.
- Spending a great deal of time trying to obtain alcohol or substance, use them or recover from the aftereffects of the drug or alcohol.
- Consistent cravings or desire to use alcohol or substances.
- A consistent failure to fulfill major responsibilities or obligations at schools, work or home
- Recurrent use of alcohol or substances despite its interference in interpersonal relationships or responsibilities.
- A reduction of activities or obligations you once enjoyed because of alcohol or substance use.
- An increase in risky behaviors or hazardous situations because of alcohol or substance use.
- Continued use of alcohol or substance despite knowing that the alcohol or substance is contributing to poor physical or psychological health.
- A need for larger quantities of alcohol or substances to get the desired effect or development of a tolerance to the previous amount.
- Experience of physical withdrawal symptoms — nausea, shaking, sweating, heart racing – when the effects of the alcohol or substances were wearing off.
To be diagnosed with a gambling disorder, an individual must exhibit four or more of the following symptoms over a 12-month period:
- The need to gamble with more money in order to achieve the desired effect or excitement.
- Becomes irritable or restless when attempting to stop gambling or reduce gambling.
- Has made repeated attempts to cut down or stop gambling.
- Is often preoccupied with thoughts of gambling including thinking about when to gamble next, reliving experiences, thinking about ways to get money to gamble.
- Often gambles when distressed.
- Continues to gamble after losing money to “chase” one’s losses.
- Lies to conceal gambling.
- Interference in interpersonal relationships or obligations because of gambling.
- Relies on others to provide money or “bail” them out of financial distress because of gambling.
While sex and pornography are not listed as an official diagnosis in the DSM-5 doesn’t mean these addictive behaviors aren’t problematic. If you believe that you or your loved one is struggling with impulsive control behaviors connected to sex or pornography that is interfering with interpersonal relationships and daily activities and causing distress, please contact Clarity Clinic to discuss treatment options.
For more information on alcohol, substance or behavior disorders, below are several additional resources to help learn more: