At Core Recovery we understand the nature of addiction. Our staff is highly trained in the treatment of addictions and uses a multidimensional approach to address their client’s unique needs. Treatment is directed both at the current problematic behaviors and the core issues that are underlying the addiction.
There are many addictions that Core Recovery can help you recover from, here are a few:
Social Media Addiction
So, what makes a person addicted to the various forms of social media? Are you addicted simply because you are one who enjoys connecting with your family and friends on a regular basis? If you check your Facebook page first thing in the morning, does that make you a social media addict? The reality is that an addiction to social media can be marked with many of the same symptoms as an addiction to drugs or alcohol or other behaviors, including:
- Feelings of anxiety when you don’t have access to your social media outlets.
- An inability to step away from social media for a set period of time (usually at least 24 hours).
- Choosing time online over actual face time with immediate friends or family, or letting work slip because you are spending too much time online.
Drugs and Alcohol
Did you know that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a mental illness? Substance use disorder changes normal desires and priorities. It changes normal behaviors and interferes with the ability to work, go to school, and to have good relationships with friends and family. In 2014, 20.2 million adults in the U.S. had a substance use disorder and 7.9 million had both a substance use disorder and another mental illness. More than half of the people with both a substance use disorder and another mental illness were men (4.1 million). Having two illnesses at the same time is known as “comorbidity” and it can make treating each disorder more difficult.
Gaming or Internet addiction
- Disrupted regular life pattern. If a person plays games all night long and sleeps in the daytime, that can be a warning he or she should seek professional help.
- If the potential gaming or Internet addict loses his or her job, or stops going to school in order to be online or to play a digital game.
- Need for a bigger fix. Does the gamer have to play for longer and longer periods in order to get the same level of enjoyment from the game?
- Withdrawal. Some Internet and gaming addicts become irritable or anxious when they disconnect, or when they are forced to do so.
- Cravings. Some Internet and gaming addicts experience cravings, or the need to play the game or be online when they are away from the digital world.
Tobacco is another substance associated with addiction and health risks. It can be smoked, chewed or sniffed. However, the most common way people consume tobacco is by smoking cigarettes. Research has shown that adults with a mental illness are more likely to smoke cigarettes than other adults. This is particularly true among people with major depression and those diagnosed with schizophrenia. It is estimated that people with psychiatric disorders purchase approximately 44 percent of all cigarettes sold in the United States. Smoking is believed to be one reason that individuals with mental illnesses have more physical health problems and die younger than people without a mental illness.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of addiction are:
- Change in friends and hangouts
- Changes in mood, motivation, attitude
- Absenteeism at work or school
- Increased need for cash
- Bloodshot eyes or enlarged pupils
- Sudden weight changes (gain or loss)
- Secretive behaviors; lying
- Tremors in the hands
- Ignoring once-loved activities