Addiction is a chronic disease that can be described as the continuing use of illicit drugs, prescriptions medications, or alcohol despite negative and harmful consequences. Addiction is considered a family disease due to when one is suffering from addiction the consequences they face often will disrupt family dynamics and causes stressors on family members. It is important for not only those suffering from addiction, but for their families to also receive treatment as well.
Often times, those suffering from addiction also have other mental health diagnosis as well, which is called Dual Diagnosis, or co-occurring disorder. Addiction and Mental health disorders are often treated at the same time.
Symptoms of Addiction
Taking more than prescribed medication such as an opiate (pain medication) and/or Benzodiazepines (sedatives)
Feeling sick, or experiencing withdrawal symptoms, when you abruptly stop taking prescription medication, using a substance, or drinking alcohol
Loss of job, unable to function at work/home
Economic issues that arise due to spending more money on drugs and alcohol
Revolving your daily activities around drinking or using a substance
Interpersonal issues with family members and loved ones, due to the effects of behavior caused by substance use
Will use substances and/or alcohol to minimize feelings of depression and/or anxiety
Can only stop using substances for a few days, and during those days of sobriety will ruminate about that substance until you use again