Addiction can take many forms. There are chemical addictions—such as alcoholism, and addiction to other drugs—and then there are non-chemical addictions, which include gambling addiction, sex addiction, internet addiction, video game addiction, shopping addiction, and others. While people differentiate “chemical” and “non-chemical”, in truth—for the addict—both literal drugs and non-chemical addictions like gambling create a strong chemical response in the addicted person’s brain.
If you are struggling with an addiction, you might be thinking, “How could this happen to me?” Truly, people from all walks of life, from all socio-economic levels, can experience an addiction. Addiction is shockingly common in the United States. Recent research has revealed that 23.5 million Americans are experiencing an addiction to alcohol or drugs. This means that about 1 out of every 10 Americans over 12 years of age is struggling with a chemical dependency.
Hence, the important thing for you to know is that you can get help and get clean from whatever it is that’s binding you to your addiction. At Thriveworks Washington, DC, our therapists, counselors, and coaches have years of experience helping people break free from addiction. Let’s talk, to see if our care is a good fit for you. Call us today at (202) 221-8410 to schedule an appointment.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Addiction?
Addiction doesn’t follow a linear path. Instead, an individual can be addicted to a variety of substances or behaviors (as we mentioned above). Additionally, the individual can experience a variety of symptoms! Your addiction counselor can help you to better understand your symptoms, including how to manage them. For now, here is a list of common addiction symptoms:
- Obsession with a substance or behavior
- Failure to stop using
- Continued use despite negative effects
- Guilt and shame
- Uncontrollable, rebellious, or dangerous behavior
- Mood swings, irritability
- Changes in appetite
- Withdrawal from loved ones
If you experience any combination of the above symptoms as a result of your substance use or repetitive behavior, you might have an addiction problem. And it’s important that you get the help that you need, right now. Consider working with an addiction counselor at Thriveworks Washington, DC (Metro Center). Our professionals care about you and they want to help you live a better life. They are equipped to help you better manage your symptoms and make progress toward a life free of addiction.
How Does Counseling for Addiction Work?
Here at Thriveworks Washington, DC, we understand just how difficult it can be to manage your addiction. But we also know that it is possible and we want to help you make that possibility a reality. The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks are leaders in their field and they have helped many clients, just like you, to find health and happiness again.
It might be hard for you to admit that you have a problem. We respect and understand that. But the first step in getting help is admitting that you need help. Don’t worry, our therapists will keep your information confidential. Additionally, they will offer a judgment-free space that optimizes healing.
Scheduling Addiction Counseling at Thriveworks Washington, DC
Our most important mission at Thriveworks Washington, DC is to help people live happier, healthier lives. Sometimes, this means helping our clients through an addiction. If you are struggling with an addiction, reach out to Thriveworks Washington, DC today. We have counselors and therapists on staff who are experts in helping people to manage their addiction symptoms, recover, and stay sober.
When you call to schedule your appointment, a scheduling specialist will help you through the quick and easy process. They’ll quickly assess your needs and then set you up with a counselor or therapist with the right skillset and training to best help you. If you are ready to book your session, give Thriveworks Washington, DC a call at (202) 221-8410.