People suffering from alcohol and drug abuse can have problems with money, relationships or even their health. Their addiction not only hurts them, but hurts their family and loved ones as well. Gundersen Behavioral Health has several programs available to help people get on the road to recovery.
Some of the symptoms and behaviors of addiction include:
- Continuing to drink or use drugs, even when health, work, or family are being harmed
- Drinking or using drugs even when alone
- Episodes of violence
- Hostility when confronted about their dependence
- Lack of control -- unable to stop or reduce intake
- Making excuses to drink or use drugs
- Missing work or school, or a decrease in performance
- No longer taking part in activities because of alcohol or drugs
- Need for daily or regular alcohol or drugs to function
- Neglecting to eat
- Not caring for physical appearance
- Secretive behavior to hide use
It’s unclear what causes some people to lose control of their drinking or drug use. However, there are some risk factors that make people more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs:
- Are under peer pressure, especially teens and college-aged students
- Have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia
- Have easy access to drugs and/or alcohol
- Have low self-esteem or problems with relationships
- Live a stressful lifestyle
- Live in a culture with a high social acceptance of drug or alcohol use
- Family history of alcohol or drug use
The first step to treating an alcohol or drug problem is identifying the problem. If you or someone you love answers “yes” to at least two of the questions below, it could be a sign of a problem.
- Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?
- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use?
- Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking or drug use?
- Have you ever used alcohol or drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves, get rid of a hangover/withdrawal symptoms or used first thing in the morning to feel “normal” again.
Only 15% of people with alcohol dependence seek treatment for this disease. Drinking or using drugs again after treatment is common, so it is important to maintain support systems in order to cope with any slips and ensure that they don't turn into complete reversals. Gundersen Behavioral Health offers several programs that provide support that is needed. Learn more about addiction treatment programs.
For more information about addiction or to schedule an appointment, call Gundersen Behavioral Health at (608) 775-2287 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52287.