Addiction Treatment in Concord, NC—Counselors and Therapists
Glen was well-known in his community as a fair boss, loving father, and devoted husband. This is the image most people saw, but if they looked closely, they would see a different picture. Glen has fought an addiction for decades. He is good at hiding it, but as time goes on, it has been more and more difficult. Glen tells himself that next time, he will choose differently. He will not have that drink. However, addiction is a disease, not a matter of willpower. Addiction has changed how Glen’s brain functions. Like most serious illnesses, addiction often needs treatment from a mental health professional. With therapy, many addicts learn how to reclaim their brain and reclaim control of their lives.
“Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.” —Kate Middleton
Addiction can take many different shapes and forms. For some, addiction looks like abusing a substance—alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, marijuana. For others, addiction looks like an activity that is out of control—video games, Internet, sex, shopping, pornography. Addiction does not develop because people are weak or made a poor choice. No, often, addicts are strong people who have seen the worst from life. Addiction can develop in anyone, anywhere. Addiction can also be treated. There is help and support if you are fighting an addiction.
The mental health professionals at Thriveworks Concord understand what addiction is, how it functions, and how to treat it. We have connected many clients to the resources they needed to heal from addiction.
Red Flags for Addiction
When people cannot control their behavior, when self-regulation is a challenge, when a substance or action is taking over an individual’s life… an addiction may have formed. When people have an addiction, they often take great risks to preserve the addiction. They may risk their own well-being or the well-being of their loved ones in order to continue to abuse the substance or continue with the compulsive behavior. Addiction is like a parasite that will take an individual’s health, relationships, finances, and more so that it can survive.
If you or someone you love is engaging in these activities, they may have an addiction:
- Cravings for the activity or substance.
- A developed tolerance for the activity’s or substance’s effects.
- Failed attempts to stop.
- Lying about the activity or substance abuse.
- Minimizing the seriousness or consequences of the addiction.
- Experiencing irritability or moodiness while unable to actively engage in the addiction.
Risk Factors for Addiction
Addiction can be found in every socio-economic status, religion, race, age, and gender. There is no one who is immune from addiction, but there are people who are at greater risk. Risk factors for addiction are both circumstantial and biological.
- Genetics: Biology is a big factor in how addictions form. When a person has a family history of addiction, they are more at risk. Allergies can also play a role in how a person’s body responds to certain substances.
- Circumstances: The circumstances of how an addiction forms are often sensitive and personal. People who were abused as children, physically, emotionally, or sexually, are at an increased risk for addiction. The addiction may begin as a way to cope with difficult emotions like loneliness, fear, boredom, shame, and anger. What starts as a way to survive may develop into an addiction.
Different Forms of Addiction
The details of how addiction manifests will be unique to each individual. Addiction has an unlimited forms and degrees. However, speaking generally, most addiction can be categorized into two groups. Here is a more in-depth look at each type.
- A spending addiction is a type of compulsive behavior that can also be an addiction. When people have a shopping addiction, their brain releases endorphins and dopamine (also known as the pleasure hormones) when they make a purchase. These hormones flood the brain and create a momentary high. They also create cravings for future spending sprees. Often, people shop compulsively to numb acute emotional and psychological pain.
- Food addiction is a type of substance abuse that can also be an addiction. In many ways, food addiction functions the same way as an alcohol or drug addiction. Actually, food addiction functions the same way as a shopping addiction. Dopamine and endorphins flood the brain, rewiring it. They override other signals that tell people they are satisfied and filled. The pleasure hormones create a temporary high and cravings for future use. That is how food addicts (really, any addict) loses control.
Making an Appointment at Thriveworks Concord for Addiction
As you read about addiction, did you recognize anything? If you are having difficulty controlling how much you use a substance… If you keep doing a certain behavior even though it is harmful…. If you are lying about or hiding… it may be time to seek out help. Addictions are serious illnesses that often need intervention and treatment. That is why Thriveworks offer therapy for addiction. We are ready to help you find the support and healing you deserve.
When you call our office to make an appointment, you may have your first appointment the following day. We accept many different forms of insurance. We also offer evening and weekend sessions. Fighting an addiction is hard. Setting up therapy should not be. Let’s work together.