Addiction is a common problem in the United States, affecting more than 20 million people. Without proper treatment, addiction significantly affects your quality of life. Mary Gaffney, DO, MPH, at Gaffney Health Services in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializes in the assessment and management of addiction. She provides the help you need to gain control over your addiction so you can get your life back. For compassionate, patient-centered care, call Gaffney Health Services today or request a consultation online.
Addiction Treatment Q & A
What is addiction?
Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain in which a substance of activity triggers reward response despite the potential that the substance or activity may lead to detrimental consequences. There is scientific evidence that the substance or activity generates specific neurotransmitters in your brain, most often dopamine, that trigger the reward the reward and the need for reinforcement, creating the addictive cycle.
Common substances and activities that lead to addiction include:
Opioids or amphetamines
While there are many factors that place you at risk for developing an addiction, you are at greater risk if it runs in your family, you lack family or social support, or you have an underlying mental health condition.
What symptoms indicate I have an addiction?
Being able to recognize that you have a problem is the first step toward getting the help you need. Symptoms that indicate an addiction include:
You need larger amounts of the substance of activity to get the reward
Inability to cut back on the activity or substance, despite efforts to do so
Strong craving or desire for the substance or activity
Continued use of the substance despite health consequences
Decreased participation in social activities
Inability to maintain employment
Development of tolerance
Development of withdrawal symptoms
Use of substance leads to risky behavior
The severity of your addiction is based on the number of symptoms you exhibit. The more symptoms you experience, the greater the addiction.
When you suffer from an addiction, you may feel as though the substance or activity has all the power. But you can regain control over your addiction with the right help.
What treatment can help me with my addiction?
Dr. Gaffney specialize in addiction and creates a personalized treatment plan to help you regain power over your life and control over your addiction. Your treatment may include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Recovery from an addiction is a process that requires regular ongoing care and monitoring. Dr. Gaffney and her team work one-on-one with you to help you through every step of the process on your road to recovery.
For kind and compassionate care, call Gaffney Health Services today or book an appointment online.