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Recognizing Substance and Behavioral Addictions
Addiction can strike individuals of all cultures, ages or economic status. Acknowledging an addiction is a crucial first step in treatment. Professionals at Lindner Center of HOPE begin with a full diagnostic assessment to pinpoint the addictive symptoms an individual is experiencing as well as any co-occurring conditions. 

Identifying Substance Addictions
Substance addiction is a pattern of substance use (drugs or alcohol) that harms the individual’s physical, spiritual or mental health as well as those important to the individual. It can result in significant life problems or stress. While symptoms can vary significantly from individual to individual, those fighting substance addictions often exhibit several of the following symptoms:
  • Use of the substance in progressively larger amounts or for longer periods of time 
  • Spending significant time on finding, using or recovering from use of the substance 
  • Trying multiple, failed times to reduce or control use of the substance
  • Taking time from important social, work-related or recreational activities to use the substance 
  • Developing a tolerance to the effects of the substance so progressively larger amounts must be used for longer periods of time to get the desired effect
  • Experiencing uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms when the substance is not used
  • Continuing to use the substance despite experiencing recurrent or persistent problems related to using the substance
Substance addictions can lead to personal problems by affecting one’s quality of life. Personal relationships, marital relations, family relations, and job or school are all aspects which are affected by substance addictions.  As seen in other addictions, withdrawal from these behaviors may result in elevated levels of depression and/or anxiety. 

If you believe you have a substance addiction, consider a professional evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. Co-occurring conditions are not uncommon and can be treated when accurately diagnosed.


Identifying Behavioral Addictions
Behavioral addictions can include a variety of behaviors, including addictions to sex, internet, pornography, gaming, shopping, or gambling. While the specific behaviors are varied, the addictions share these common characteristics: 
  • Loss of control
  • Compulsive and/or obsessive behaviors
  • Continued pursuit of the behavior despite negative consequences and/or life disruption

Behavioral Addictions can lead to personal problems by affecting one’s quality of life. Personal relationships, marital relations, family relations, and job or school are all aspects which are affected by behavioral addictions.  As seen in other addictions, withdrawal from these behaviors may result in elevated levels of depression and/or anxiety. 

If you believe you have a behavioral addiction, consider a professional evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. Co-occurring conditions are not uncommon and can be treated when accurately diagnosed.



Do you or does someone you know suffer from a substance or behavioral addiction? Screen yourself now.