Addiction is both a mental and physical health condition: You experience physical cravings and withdrawals simultaneously, as you experience compulsions to engage in a specific behavior. At Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic in Adrian, Michigan, Sarang Patel, PA-C, provides professional addiction care and counseling for many types of addiction. To schedule your appointment, call the office or book online today.
Addiction is a mental health condition that involves brain dysfunction. Specifically, the disease affects the way your brain processes rewards and motivation. Over time, your mind and body start to crave the substance or behavior at the center of your addiction to the point that you compulsively pursue engaging in it.
There are many common addictions out there, including addictions to:
An addiction may seem mild at first, but over time it can interfere with all aspects of your life and well-being. You might experience addiction in cycles, with alternating mild stages and stages of increased use.
It’s possible to have addictive tendencies and not even realize it, even if you have an addiction that’s already had adverse effects on your life. It’s often easier to recognize the signs in others than it is yourself. Consequently, other people in your life may notice the signs of your addiction before you do.
The exact signs and symptoms can vary based on the type of addiction, but you may experience or notice:
An addiction can cause you to behave differently in several ways, including prioritizing your addiction above all other parts of your life. Your work performance can decline, you might experience family relationship problems at home, and your sensitivity to stress might increase.
Treating addiction is similar to treating any other mental health condition. After in-depth evaluations from your providers at Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic, your providers create a suitable treatment plan with multiple components. It might involve:
Some medications aim to improve co-occurring conditions that often come with addiction, like anxiety or depression. Other medications can block the effects of opioids or alcohol to help reduce your cravings and restore your brain and body functions to a normal state.
Counseling or psychotherapy is almost always a component in addiction care. Yours might include individual therapy, group therapy, or both.
Your providers at Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic may have some tips on how to manage your addiction from day to day outside of your clinical treatment, like sticking to a consistent sleep schedule or managing stressors in your life.
For more information on addiction and the health care you need to manage it, call Adrian Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic, or book an appointment online today.