The habitual consumption of a substance or engagement in an activity can impact a persons’ physical and emotional wellbeing. A lot of addictions start when an individual is trying to actively address life issues such as trauma and/or daily stress by escaping the discomfort through a behaviour that at best is a makeshift “coping” mechanism. At worst it leads to a self destructive path not just for them but for those around as well.

Signs of Addiction: What Is Dependence

Reasons for resorting to addiction may differ from one person to the next, but addiction has common physical and psychological characteristics. When a person starts to rely on the addictive substance or activity too much, they become “dependent” on it. Dependence generally starts when the introduction of an addictive action or substance can produce “pleasure” and/or “escape” for the user.

  • Physical dependence, for instance, happens when a person’s body develops a “need” to consume a particular substance or do a particular activity to the point of having withdrawal symptoms. Dependence can be on both prescribed and elicit substances inclusive of benzodiazepines, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, marijuana, barbiturates, alcohol, nicotine, and even caffeine.
  • Psychological dependence occurs when the addicted person has withdrawal symptoms when the substance or activity is absent. These include irritability, insomnia, cravings, and depression.

Unfortunately, the speed of a person’s rate of “dependence” with a substance varies depending on a lot of factors. These include the substance or action itself, the volume and frequency of the consumption or activity, the degree of pleasure, social factors, genetic makeup, and psychological susceptibility.

Tackling Addiction: A Multidisciplinary Approach

If you or someone you know can use help to overcome their addiction issues, our multidisciplinary approach allows you to receive informed quality care. Our multidisciplinary approach at Direct Focus Solutions includes focused psychological strategies, biofeedback training, psychoeducation regarding co-occurring mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, liaising with your doctor about medication support, and programs for relapse prevention. Our systems approach includes your family members as they are vital part of your success and rehabilitation. We continually update our interventions to be evidence based and accessing current research.

Come in and talk to us at Direct Focus Solutions in a safe and professional environment that will allow you to focus on your objectives of treatment to reach for a better life ahead.

Our Addictions Practitioners