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The Mental Side of Addiction

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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No matter if you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, there is no denying the fact that this will have a psychological and physical impact on your body.

The mental side of addiction can be treated, just the same as the physical symptoms, but only if you take the right approach and realize that this has become a problem.

The more you abuse a substance the better chance there is that you will become addicted. Your brain becomes used to the substance in your body, craving more and more with each passing day.

While you may have intentions to quit, once you are addicted it is difficult to do so. As you attempt to cut this out of your life, your cravings often times takeover, leading you down the wrong path once again.

What to Expect

If addiction becomes a problem, you will experience an intense and increasing desire to use the substance, no matter what it takes. This can change you into an entirely different person.

A change in mood is the most common psychological effect of drug abuse. A person with an addiction may be feeling fine one minute, but soon find that they are unable to concentrate and in a bad mood because they are not experiencing the impact of their substance of choice.

Other psychological signs of addiction include:

  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Hopelessness
  • Selfishness
  • Pressuring others into abusing drugs
  • No longer interested in previously enjoyed hobbies or activities

Many people are more concerned with the physical side of addiction, however, it is important to realize that abuse can lead to psychological symptoms as well.

Fortunately, the troubles associated with the mental side of addiction can be treated, along with the physical side effects.

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