Having the occasional drink can be a rewarding social experience. But what happens when someone starts drinking to excess, particularly while alone? Or when the use of prescription medications for pain or anxiety becomes a habit or dependency? Addiction to alcohol, prescription pills or a dangerous illegal drug such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine often starts as a way to escape the difficulties of life, but can rapidly become a quick and easy, yet deadly means to coping. Substance dependence, also known as substance abuse or addiction, is a maladaptive state that develops from repeated usage of drugs or alcohol. Dependence often leads to significant problems at home and/or at work, and can also result in driving-while-intoxicated charges and other legal problems. In the worst cases, it ends in suicide or unintentional death via overdose.
Signs of dependence and addiction include increased tolerance of a substance, an obsession or excessive focus on drinking or using, continued usage in the face of obvious negative results and withdrawal symptoms. Dependence and addiction are caused by a variety of factors including genetic vulnerability, environmental stressors, social pressures and underlying psychiatric problems or conditions. The parameters at play vary from person to person.
Life isn’t always easy. Much of what we deal with and live through in our current culture and environment involves inherent stress, anxiety and pressure. Here at BOLD Health, we treat the individual who is experiencing substance dependence or addiction with a compassionate yet scientific approach that treats the whole individual. With our help, you can free yourself from the shackles of dependency and live a more focused, productive and peaceful life.