Alcohol and other drug problems

Submitted by Adam Szmerling on 7th Jun 2011

If you are contemplating making changes in your life as to control, cut down or totally stop using there are many treatment options available to you. Why not take the first step and give Bayside Psychotherapy a call.Question.I am not quite sure if I have a problem with my alcohol and speed and why do I feel so bad when I am withdrawing?

Answer:

To understand if you have issues with alcohol or any other drugs (Substances) the following indicators can be used as a guideline:

  • If you are experiencing a pattern of using substances that has begun impacting on your life which has led you to distress.
  • If you are finding that you need more of the substance to gain the desired effect.
  • If you are finding that you have been using the substance for a longer period than intended.
  • If you have a desire to cut down or control the usage.
  • If you have developed some ambivalence knowing the substance is doing you harm however you continue to use.
  • If you’re spending more time than before to obtain the substance.
  • If you experience withdrawal symptoms when not using.

If this is what you’re experiencing it is most likely you have significant substance misuse issues.

The reason you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms is your body has become used to the substance you are using. The brain then alerts the chemistry system to neutralise the substance, therefore balancing the chemistry therefore putting the body back into balance known as homeostasis. This is why people state they feel normal when using. When you stop using you go into withdrawal as the brain is still producing neutralising chemicals as to produce the balance, but the body is no longer receiving the substance explaining the withdrawal symptoms. It can take up to 10 days for the body to normalise.

The good news is if you are contemplating making changes in your life as to control, cut down or totally stop using there are many treatment options available to you. Why not take the first step and give Bayside Psychotherapy a call and make an appointment for a private and confidential counselling process.

John Arber Cert IV Hypnotherapy, Dip Health counselling, Dip Community services (Alcohol and other Drugs), M. Soc. Sc. (Human Services-Counselling) CMCAPAV.