Problems with Addiction include the unhealthy use of alcohol, use of illegal drugs, and/or overuse of prescription medications can be connected to mental health problems. Often individuals use substances to try to cope with stressful or distressing experiences. The substance use can then become a problem itself.
Facts about Addiction
The most commonly abused drugs in Ireland include:
- Opiates such as heroin
- Stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamine (speed)
- Headshop drugs (legal highs)
Symptoms of Addiction
- Craving or a strong desire to use the substance;
- Unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control use of the substance;
- A great deal of time spent obtaining or using substances and/or recovering from its effects;
- Recurrent use resulting in a failure of major obligations at work, home or school;
- Continued use despite social or interpersonal problems caused by substance use;
- Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use
- Continued use despite repeated physical or psychological problems likely caused by substance use;
- Increased tolerance to the substance and/or withdrawal when stopping use.
Therapy can provide education about the connection between chemical use and mental health concerns, help decrease unhealthy substance use, and address the mental and emotional problems that are interconnected. The goal of therapy is to decrease negative consequences of substance use, increase healthier/positive choices, and move you towards your life goals.