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Substance Abuse

Addiction And Substance Abuse
One of the most complex disorders that people deal with when it comes to mental health is addiction or substance abuse.

When left unchecked, dependency on drugs and alcohol can have detrimental effects on relationships, health, and financial situations.

People who suffer from it can find it tough to manage the consequences on their own, but the support of close friends and family, as well as the assistance of a mental health professional, can prove invaluable in overcoming the addiction.

Warning Signs Of Substance Abuse
Substance abuse can manifest itself in many forms, and there are warning signs to keep an eye on. The earlier you seek aid, the easier and more effective the therapy will be.

Addiction can be identified by the following negative indications:
● Repeated fighting with family, friends, or co-workers
● Frequent mood swings, depression, and irritability
● Persistent use of drugs and alcohol to relax, sleep, deal with problems, and feel in control
● Continuous neglect of responsibilities
● Constant memory loss and blackouts
● Renewed physical injury and self-harm
● Excessive spending on money

Common Causes Of Substance Abuse
The development of substance abuse depends in large part on the individual. Therefore, there isn't one recipe that leads to the disorder. But there are general causes such as:
● A history of mental illness
● Childhood trauma or neglect from parents
● Lack of social skills and support structures
● Peer pressure and belief that drugs aren't harmful
● Hereditary predisposition to addiction
Consequences Of Addiction
The consequences of addiction touch every aspect of a person's life. If left untreated, this chronic disorder can damaging effects on:
● Health - Alcohol and drug abuse affect the human body in radical ways. It impacts all the vital organs and leads to greater risks of developing health problems such as infertility and cancer. Substance abuse also can induce mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
● Relationships - Because substance misuse erodes the brain and leads to worsening mental health, it creates a rift between the abuser and their loved ones. Addiction clouds judgment and undermines the decision-making abilities, and this often pushes people away.
● Finances - Addicts have a continuous need to indulge their cravings, and that comes at a high-price. Many people go into debt in pursuit of drugs and alcoholic drinks. It may also drive to neglect when it comes to paying bills, which may lead to the loss of precious assets like homes and vehicles.
Getting Help With Substance Abuse
As a parent, friend, or co-worker, we realize that it is hard to watch those we care about being ravaged by substance abuse. Fortunately, with the support of friends, family, and professionals, the journey to recovery becomes an achievable reality.

Insight Therapy offers substance abuse therapy and counseling in a safe and comfortable environment. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation.



Todd Harrison, LCSW


Lawisha Carter, MS, LPC, NCC



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Insight Therapy is a professional mental health private practice located in Champaign - Urbana. Insight Therapy offers individual therapy, couples counseling, family counseling, and professional mediation services to clients of all ages and issues.

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Insight Therapy, LLC
3362 Big Pine Trail
Suite A
Champaign, Illinois 61822

Phone: (217) 383-0151
Fax: (217) 633-4555

Practice Areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Addiction, Couples Counseling, Eating Disorders, Sexual Abuse Survivor, School Anxiety, Women's Issues, Relationship Issues, BiPolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Family Issues, Couples Counseling, Mediation, and more!