Addiction is an illness and a disease. The roots of addiction are found in countless circumstances surrounding the person’s emotional life. The way out of the entanglement is to explore, understand, and act upon the recognition of the factors that have caused the individual to resort to drugs or alcohol.
In our society, there may be preconceived notions of how addictive behavior defines an individual. This is why Hopes Gate considers it essential to educate the individual, family, extended family and close friends of the true causes of substance abuse. The work in front of us is to treat the symptoms that result in behavior that deteriorates the quality of life of the individual. When the emotional triggers that cause the behavior can be identified and treated with a program of therapy, the addict will have the tools to heal emotionally from any traumatic event. A happier and fulfilling life lies in the future. At Hopes Gate it is our goal to make that life a reality.
Behavioral Symptoms of Addiction might Include:
- Mood Swings: Virtually all mood-altering drugs produce a wide range of mood swings from euphoria to depression. A user may be passive and withdrawn one minute and angry or hostile the next.
- Personality Changes: A normally energetic and outgoing person can become chronically depressed.
- Defensiveness: Blaming or claiming to be persecuted or victimized.
- Overly Emotional: Inappropriately happy, depressed, hostile or angry.
- Overly Self-Centered: Always has to have their own way and will do anything to have it.
- Manipulative: Making excuses for failure or finding ways to have other people handle their problems or bear the consequences of their actions or behaviors.
- Withdrawal from Family Activities: Refusing to eat at family meals, participating in celebrations or holidays or making any adjustments to family life.
- Lack of Self-Discipline: Inability to follow rules, complete household chores, school assignments, work-related duties, keep appointments or commitments.
- Apathy: Little or no interest in meaningful activities such as clubs, hobbies, sports, or other activities.
- School and Work Problems: Excessive tardiness, absences, drop in grades, drop in job performance, missed deadlines, failure to turn in assignments and take tests or perhaps suspension or expulsion.
- Anxious Behavior: Chronic jittery, jerky or uneven movements, fearfulness, compulsiveness and talkativeness