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The Emotional Side of Addiction

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Are you addicted to drugs and/or alcohol? Do you suspect that a loved one is dealing with this issue? If so, it is important to target the issue without delay and then make a decision as to how to best deal with the abuse.

An addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can have a strong emotional impact. The psychological signs of abuse are not the same for every person, but many are extremely common.

  • Unexplained changes in attitude or personality
  • Sudden mood swings accompanied by irritability and bouts of anger
  • Lack of motivation, such as at school or work
  • Periods of lethargy, agitation, or hyperactivity
  • Paranoia and anxiousness for no apparent reason

Many people have a difficult time dealing with the psychological side of addiction, not knowing how to get their mental state back in order to ensure that they are able to put their abuse in the past.

Treatment is an Option

Are you under the impression that treatment is only available for the physical side of addiction? Nothing could be further from the truth. When you seek professional help for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, it will not be long before you are tackling the physical, mental, and emotional side of your abuse. With a three-sided approach, you can be rest assured that you are giving yourself the best chance of success, both in the near and long term.

The emotional side of addiction is very serious, as many people abusing drugs or alcohol find that they are facing psychological changes that are having a negative impact on their life.

In the event that you or a loved one is faced with an addiction, it is best to seek treatment at a facility that will help you overcome any emotional issues you are dealing with, such as those detailed above.

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