How can I tell if I'm addicted?
A good way to start is to analyze your use or behavior objectively. In order to do that, you can ask yourself questions such as:
- Do I become restless, irritable, and discontent when I try to cut down or stop?
- When I start using/behaving, do I have control over the amount or behavior?
- When I honestly want to quit, do I find that cannot quit entirely?
Any of these questions will open the door to see if you are engaged in a compulsive, out of control behavior. Another great way to see if you are the victim of an addiction is to review the impact the use or behavior is having in your life:
- Are you having difficulties in your relationships/school/work due to using/behaving?
- Are you forgetting important commitments due to been using/behaving or seeking using/behaving?
In any case, if there are questions or concerns about your use/behavior, you should ask us for an open consultation with our trained professional.
Am I addicted because of my depression?
Psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety can co-ocurr with an addiction. Many times, addiction -the out of control use of a substance or behavior- is a coping mechanism developed through time to deal with negative inner states such as sadness, shame, anxiety, and loss.
However, you can develop healthier coping skills that will effectively help you process and move through the whole range of your emotions.
When is an intervention recomended?
Most of the time your loved ones are the first one to point out that you have a problem with a substance or a behavior. However, it is difficult for the suffering addict to realize that there is a problem and also that there is an effective solution.
When family members or loved ones realize that the suffering addict is out of control and is harming him or herself, that is when an intervention, assisted by a trained and certified professional, is recomended.
How are family members involved?
Addiction is an illness that can affect the whole family. That is why family members should be involved in the process of recovery.
Involvement depends on how much a member wants to participate, but it is recommended that family participates in family process, family sessions, psycho-educational groups, family support groups and all the activities that would help them understand the complexity of addiction.
In addition, their involvement will help them understand and realize how have they been harmed by the suffering addict, what can they do to help the suffering addict in their process of recovery, avoiding becoming enablers, and heal themselves.
What kind of treatment is right for me?
Each case is different and treatment is based on an initial assessment made by specialist. During your first visit you will be evaluated and assessed by a clinician in order to understand your individual case, causes, and conditions and treatment will be recommended.
How long does Outpatient treatment last?
Outpatient treatment is recommended to last at least 4 weeks. However, length of treatment will depend on several factors including your commitment, your progress, and how complex your case is. In addition, it is important to consider that an effective treatment plan for you will be designed with an “stepping down approach” to the level of care for your case.
If your are recommended to start in an Intensive Outpatient level that requieres 5 days per week with 4 hours each day, after completion of this level you should be stepping down to an Outpatient level of care that requieres 3 days per week with 4 hours each day for a period of time.
After that level, most people go to an Aftercare level that requieres attending our 90 minute Process Groups once a week.
This approach to treatment addictions takes into consideration your individual needs, but also the fact that every individual progresses differently.
Can I still Go to work during outpatient treatment?
The answer is yes, you can. However, that will depend on your specific needs and the progression of your addiction. Severe cases will need to be in a clinically controlled environment, a residential or night and day program, for several weeks.
Depending on your progress once you are stepped down to a less restrictive and controlled clinical environment, some program will allow to spend few hours working.