Signs of Addiction:

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While substance use disorders like Alcohol and Drugs are often the first to come to mind, addiction exists in many forms, including behavioural addictions. Most addiction treatment centers will employ the basic principles of recovery in all types of treatment plans. However, could be to your benefit to find a program that specializes in your addiction. WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU DECIDE.

Traditional rehab facilities can effectively treat addictions to alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs. There are also addiction treatment facilities that specifically target various behavioural health issues, including a range of eating disorders and behavioural addictions, such as sex, love, gambling, work, shopping, and the internet.

Determining if you or someone you love has an addiction can be unnerving at first, but when you learn more about the signs of addiction, it can become much clearer. Specific signs of addiction will vary according to the substance used, but there are signs common to all addictions, including:

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Experiencing strong urges or cravings to use substances or participate in the preferred activity.

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Continuing to use substances or participate in the activity, even after negative consequences have been experienced..

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Having difficulty fulfilling duties at work, school, or home due to the addiction.

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Continuing to use substances or participate in the activity even when situations can become physically dangerous, such as while driving.

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Continuing to use substances or participate in the activity after facing repeated or persistent issues with social relationships that are due to or made worse by drug use.

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Using the substance or participating in the activity for longer than originally planned.

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Being unable to control one’s use of a substance or participation in the activity, or having a strong desire to cut back on use or participate less.

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Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the substance, or spending a large portion of the day involved in the preferred activity.

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Cutting back on or stopping important actions due to substance use or activity participation, such as occupational, social, or recreational activities.

Each addiction is unique. It is essential to find a treatment centre that will address the specific addiction on an individualized basis, tailoring treatment plans according to what a person needs at that point in his or her recovery.

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