Addictions

Addictions

Addictions come in all shapes and sizes. People become addicted to chemicals, alcohol, sex, eating, love, gambling, relationships, work, and so forth. Admitting a problem exists is the first in a long series of steps a person must go through to bring about the necessary change he or she so desperately desires. Pathways counselors understand how unknowingly a person can fall into an addiction and how difficult it is to leave it behind. We are here to help.

Signs of Addiction

Unexplained and unaccounted for behavior

Increased secrecy and withdrawal

Missing money

For alcohol, missing alcohol around the home

Cognitive changes, including mood, memory, performance

Problems with the law

How do I know if a person is suffering from addictions?

  1. Does the person ever lie about the addiction?
  2. Is there any guilt about the addiction?
  3. Could the person go without the addiction?
  4. Has the person gotten in trouble at home, work, law, or otherwise because of the addiction?
  5. Have they tried to stop and failed?

If you answered yes to two or more questions, this might indicate that there is a problem. Pathways can help get to the root of the problem and determine if addiction is present.

What should I do?

Be gentle and respectful in any confrontations. Evaluate the response for anger and defensiveness. Watch for blame shift where the addict may try to say you are at fault. You may choose to bring someone to assist you in the confrontation for backup. If medical care is needed, contact a physician, or 911. 

Pathways provides addiction counseling and can help. Call us , Email us or  Contact Us  to request an appointment. Day and evening counseling sessions are available, and we would be happy to answer all of your questions.