ADDICTION AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY

Genetics, including the impact of one’s environment on gene expression, account for about 40% to 60% of a person’s risk of addiction. According to NAMI roughly 50% of people living with a mental health condition also have a problem with substance abuse.

Environmental factors that may increase a person’s risk of addiction include a chaotic home environment and abuse, parent’s drug use and attitude toward drugs, peer influences, community attitudes toward drugs, and poor academic achievement. Addiction is a complex disease of the brain and body that involves compulsive use of one or more substances despite serious health and social consequences. It disrupts regions of the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgment, and memory. It damages various body systems as well as families, relationships, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Almost no one plans to become addicted to substances, like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental, and biological factors. If you find that you are or have been struggling with addiction and want to address the underlying factors contributing to substance use, it may be time to get help.

Therapy at CARE Counseling for addiction struggles may involve exploring and accepting the past events and mental health symptoms that led to addiction as well as planning for ways to replace the unwanted behaviors with healthy coping skills.

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Strong urges to use a substance or engage in a behavior

Trying and failing to cut down on use

Substance use or behavior gets in the way of important areas of life, such as relationships and work

Risky use

Needing larger amounts of a substance / chemical or behavior in order to get the same effect

Withdrawal symptoms, which differ depending on the substance

treatment at care

Help you identify triggers for using substances or engaging in behavior

Helping you develop alternative coping strategies

If desired, coordinating care with other support systems such as residential treatment programs, support groups, and intense outpatient programs

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES | LINKS

Websites:

Nuway: https://nuway.org/

Park Avenue Center: https://www.parkavenuecenter.com/

Hotlines:

Free addiction and mental health help line:

844-LIFECHANGE (543-3242)

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Binge-drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks for males and 4 or more drinks in females, in about a 2- hour period. Heavy alcohol use can cause serious long-lasting damage. The good news is that these consequences can be preventable.

Social Drinking: Moderation Vs. Being At-Risk for an Alcohol Use Disorder

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Being Mindful and Compassionate in Tough Conversations

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CARE-ing for a Friend/ Family Member who is Misusing Drugs or Alcohol

Caring for a loved one struggling with the mental and physical reliance on substances can be a very painful experience, especially for those who experience the effects first-hand. Substance use impacts the entire family system; therefore it is important to have support at all steps along the way–from the time of emerging concerns to treatment and recovery. Knowing what to do is not always easy, especially when watching a loved one engage in self-defeating behavior.

Post-Treatment… What life looks like now

You officially completed treatment...congratulations! Now what? Like other areas of life where one completes a task, there are steps necessary to maintain positive results.

Connect with the Celebration of Recovery!

Did you know that Minnesota is also known as “Minnesober” or “The Land of 10,000 Treatment Centers?!”

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